The PPE at Penn!

<p>Hey, </p>

<p>I really, badly need some advice here! Forutnately, I have been accepted to the College at Penn; the Politics-Philsophy-Economics program looks interesting. But, as of now, I am trying to decide between a smaller, excellent LAC that has government as a major and the College at Penn? Has anyone here taken or currently involved in the PPE? Can you tell the quality of liberal arts (more specifically IR, Poltical Science, Government) at Penn? Thanks</p>

<p>i applied to do PPE</p>

<p>will probably change to english though...</p>

<p>my cousin graduated w/ ppe in 02 - she liked it - went to work for department of commerce for 2 years and now she is at kellogg</p>

<p>I was going to complete my degree in Economics at Penn, but I am still deciding whether or not to go ahead with the PPE major. In the PPE, you choose between Philosophy, Politics, & Economics as to where your area of concentration is, although you take three core courses and two additional courses in each area. I talked to my academic advisor at Penn, and she stated that PPE is really good if you want to go on to law/graduate school. However, she stated that Penn as five graduates from the PPE program of last year who are currently working on Wall Street with just an undergraduate degree.</p>

<p>About how many people graduate with PPE each year?</p>

<p>I believe last year they had 22.</p>

<p>ThomasH32, How is the political science/government program at Penn? Is it strong; are there opportunities for internship?</p>

<p>I've read and been told it depends on which concentration you go into. Although Penn doesn't have the luxury of being in DC like Georgetown, my aunt worked for the Pentagon for 38 years and said they (Executive Officials at government agencies) salivate for Ivy students (sorry Georgetown).</p>

<p>I was also accepted into Georgetown, but after what my aunt and other folks she worked with in the industry have told me, I'm going to an Ivy just to be "safe".</p>

<p>I am a Penn freshman and would <em>NOT</em> recommend the PPE major. basically, it's often seen as the equivalent of three minors- skilled in a few, master of none. the polysci department, however, is supposed to be amazing. i have friends in polysci classes and they absolutely love them. one is in a polysci class about political and ethnic conflict and she says its one of the most moving classes she's ever taken.</p>

<p>I agree. It is probably best to stick with a generic, yet solid, major at the UG level.</p>

<p>Thanx for the help guys. Because I am an international student, I have not gotten the chance to see Penn or the LAC, which is Wesleyan. Hopefully, I am trying to get a visa to go to the states at the end of this month and see both campuses. I am gona try to talk with the professors and students of poli sci in both schools and also see how the life is like in both place (I am a city boy, so I'm nervous about Middletown!)</p>

<p>I applied to Penn as PPE but switched to IR...then I switched again to EALC... (still got a minor in IR).</p>

<p>Everyone who did PPE seems to go into law, and that's not my bag.</p>

<p>Though I'd like it if everyone took basic PPE courses to get a Western liberal arts core like they do at UChicago and Columbia</p>