Politics, Philosophy and Economics

180 ECTS
Bachelor’s Degree program

The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) bachelor’s degree program prepares students for a truly international career from day one of their college education. Students will gain a wide understanding of and exposure to various disciplines, from history and law, to political science, sociology, economics, statistics, methodology, always looking on their impact on today societies. PPE graduates will develop a portfolio of knowledge, competencies and skills that will serve them as they navigate the complexities of the interconnected contemporary world.

The PPE program realizes an interdisciplinary approach to understand current affairs from the political, economic, legal and sociological perspectives and an international approach both in the topics covered by the different subjects studied and the faculty presenting them. It pursues also a critical approach to contemporary politics, allowing students to acquire in-depth understanding of political and institutional phenomena.

The PPE bachelor’s degree program is guided by Luiss University’s Department of Political Science, ranked no. 1 in Italy. Based in Rome, at the heart of Italian political and institutional dynamics, students will gain expertise as they draw on millennia of Political Science thought and its multi-disciplinary applications.The PPE program, entirely taught in English, when it was set up in 2012 represented a novelty on the national scene, aimed at an international audience to form profiles that can aspire to different master’s degree programs worldwide or interested in starting a career outside the national framework, for example within the European institutions or international organizations.

The three-year degree program in Politics, Philosophy and Economics provides an interdisciplinary theoretical framework of reference, which includes economic, political, philosophical, legal, sociological, historical and communication processes disciplines, in order to foster the ability – considered essential for understanding contemporary politics – to comprehend the relationships between the economic, political and institutional systems.

The first two years are intended to offer a broad and solid knowledge of the different historical, philosophical, economic, legal, sociological areas: in particular, the first year is meant to give fundamental analytical tools in economics, sociology, history, law, psychology and philosophy; during the second year, courses on political science, methodological tools, and international issues in law and in politics are held. In the third year, students have the possibility to choose three elective courses regarding politics, sociology and law, thus giving greater flexibility and specialization to their academic path.

Luiss teachers pursue a methodology that engages students with both theoretical and foundational analysis, including data-driven and formal approaches to understand current world trends.

Throughout their academic career, students have the opportunity to attend key workshops on data analysis and computer skills, soft-skills seminars, along with internships and different possibilities to study abroad.

At the end of the three-year degree program, graduates in Politics, Philosophy and Economics have improved their knowledge, both written and oral, of the English language and of at least one other foreign language (chosen from Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Russian).
Furthermore, students will be asked to attend an academic-specialist language skills course taught by Luiss teachers and concluded with an exam.

Teaching is entrusted to high-qualified specialists of the different subjects, with relevant positions in national and international universities and with practical professional experiences in public and private sectors.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is conceived and pursued by each professor, through specific attention to create connections with other relevant subject relating to a certain issue.

The quality of teaching is also ensured by the wide variety of young and senior professors and researchers, coming from the most qualified universities worldwide.

I year – 2020-2021

Contemporary History8
Public Law8
Behavioral Economiics and Psychology8
History of Political Thought (Distributive Justice)8
Political Philosophy8

II year – 2021-2022

International Law8
Political Science8
Methods of Social Research8
European Union Law8
International Relations8

III year – 2022-2023

History of Political Institutions8
Political Sociology8
Political Economy of Development8

Activities for both majors

2 Elective courses12
First language (English)8
Second language8
Workshop of data analysis for economics and political science6
Workshop of computer skills2
Other activities4
Final work4
Total Credits180

For all majors

Students must choose their major upon enrollment.

Elective courses (12 credits)

At the end of the second year, students must choose two electives courses for a total of 12 credits. Courses are chosen through Web Self Service. Available courses

First language (English) (8 credits)

The course lasts five or six semesters and begins in the I semester of the I year. Levels beginning with C1.1 begin in the II semester of the I year.

University Language Center

Second language (obligatory) (8 credits)

The course lasts five semesters and begins in the II semester of the I year. Language courses are selected through Web Self Service in the I semester.

University Language Center

Final work
The final project for the bachelor’s degree program requires students to write a paper on a topic in which they have taken a course. Students are not required to defend their thesis orally.

More information

Activities offered

Activity Time periodCourse content
Academic writing workshopObligatory II semester II yearThe workshop teaches students to write clearly, concisely and free of errors, all essential in writing a bachelor’s thesis.
Workshop of data analysis for economics and political science (6 credits)Obligatory both semesters II yearModern society relies increasingly on data and statistics to understand a country or society and to lay the basis for decision-making processes in political, economic and social fields.

Students who participate in the workshop will learn where to find relevant data from a thematic point of view and from a geographic point of view, to process it and use the obtained results.

Workshop of computer skills (2 credits)Obligatory I year I semesterThe course offers a basic understanding of modern digital technology.

Course topics: the concept of data, information and its coding; software and hardware components that are the basis of digital devices used in the business environment; the main characteristics of modern communication networks and protocols, web architecture, cloud computing, software application as a solution to specific problems, algorithms and programming, databases and Big Data, computer security, the risks of malware and the exposure of sensitive information for both individuals and companies.

In order to pass the final exam, students must first pass prerequisite exams

The Politics, Philosophy and Economics program aims both at providing excellent basic skills to be able to access the most prestigious master’s degree programs worldwide, as well as at favouring an effective access into the job market.

Professional opportunities stand especially within international organizations, public authorities, regulatory agencies at national, EU and international level, public administration and public affairs offices, large companies and consulting firms, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, think-tanks and lobbies, embassies and communications departments as the interface between public and private entities.

Ideal student profile
The ideal student should have both a methodological openness, being ready to face different teaching and thinking methods, and a geographical one, since he/she will be required to demonstrate interest in what happens in national and international politics, with “political sensitivity” and intellectual curiosity.
An excellent knowledge of English is required, and it is also well appreciated to have completed higher studies in foreign countries or in international schools.
The PPE program ensures advanced knowledge of many different disciplines, in order both to analyze contemporary problems from a variety of points of view and, for each student, to get a better insight of their professional skills and aspirations, also choosing the ideal master’s degree, among the many courses offered on the global market, at Luiss and elsewhere.

Luiss is committed to broaden its international dimension by giving current and prospective students the chance to belong to a dynamic community.

The Luiss Student Exchange Office manages and promotes student exchanges within the Erasmus Program, as well as through Double Degree Programs.
The Double Degree Program signed within the PPE bachelor’s degree with Sciences Po Bordeaux offers students the unique chance to spend one year in one of the best institution dedicated to Political Studies in France, developing methodical and analytical skills in the field of Political Science, with focus on subjects such as International Politics, Economics, Writing and Rhetoric, Environment.

Structured partnerships are also developed in order to integrate the academic offer with specialized track from partner universities and to set up a Luiss coherent international mobility.

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