BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Be equipped to bring growth and peace to organizations and communities that you serve at home and around the world.

The classes at Criswell will help you combine a strong biblical and theological foundation with the knowledge and skills you need to engage with culture both in the public and private sectors. By studying a major that combines three interconnected disciplines, you will learn to analyze and solve complex problems from multiple perspectives. You will ask questions about assumptions (philosophy), consider how societies function (economics), and how to influence them (politics). Use the creative and critical thinking skills you learn here to collaborate with other passionate problem solvers to change the world.


COM 101     Rhetoric and Writing I

COM 102     Rhetoric and Writing II

COM 201     Intercultural Communication

CRIS 100     The Roots of a Christian Scholar

CRIS 201     Global Learning and Service

CRIS 202     Global Learning and Service Lab (non-credit)

CRIS 203     Local Learning and Service

POL 202     State and Local Government

POL 203     Introduction to American Politics

STA 201      Introduction to Statistics

100-200     Humanities/Fine Arts*

100-200     Humanities/Fine Arts*

100-400     Natural Science or Mathematics*

100-400     Open Elective

100-400     Open Elective


*Courses offered at Criswell College that will satisfy these requirements will be marked in the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

BIB 105      Hermeneutics

CRIS 300   Baptist Faith and Witness

NTS 101     New Testament Survey I

NTS 201     New Testament Survey II

OTS 101     Old Testament Survey I

OTS 201     Old Testament Survey II

PPE 400     Christianity and the Social Order

THS 201     Church History

THS 203     Systematic Theology I

THS 204     Systematic Theology II

300             Bible/Theology Elective

ECN 202     Principles of Microeconomics

ECN 203     Principles of Macroeconomics

ECN 392/   International Political Economy
POL 392

ECN 421      Intermediate Microeconomics

PHI 301       Ethics

PHI 303       History of Philosophy: Ancient to Medieval

PHI 304       History of Philosophy: Modern to Contemporary

PHI 315       Logic

PHI 391/     Political Theory
POL 391

POL 200      Research Design

POL 303      International Relations

POL 304      Public Policy

POL 310/      Political Economy of Development
ECN 310

300-400      PPE Elective

300-400      PPE Elective

“By allowing me to pursue multiple personal passions, the PPE program gave me a unique, holistic perspective on the challenges facing our society — and the skills to tackle them with humility and creativity.”

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Students who graduate with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics will be ready to:

  • Speak to cultural issues from a biblical worldview
  • Work in politics
  • Pursue law school
  • Step into the business world
  • Pursue a master’s in political science, economics, or philosophy

From 2018—2021, 100% of those who graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics are either employed or continuing their education.

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We connect Christian believers with specific vocations, activities, and resources related to the fields of philosophy, politics, and economics


Dr. Brandon Seitzler, Associate Professor of Political Science and Economics, Program Director of B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and Director of the Criswell PPE Institute

Brandon Seitzler

Associate Professor of Politics and Economics; Program Director of BAPPE; Director of the Criswell Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Why attend Criswell College? Because of professors like Dr. Seitzler, who are invested in helping students envision their future.

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