PPEL student comments

"The PPEL program is truly the hidden gem at Arizona, and students would be remiss not to take advantage of this program. Simply put, undergraduate programs of this caliber are few and far between, and are typically only offered at the smaller, elite liberal arts colleges, or the expensive, stuffy Ivy League institutions on the East Coast. However, Arizona is widely regarded as the best Political Philosophy Department in the world (yes, better than Oxford), and if you want to take advantage of this as an undergraduate, PPEL is the way to go. PPEL is on a different "level" than most undergraduate programs/majors, but it is also just plain fascinating because you see so many academic traditions converge on seminal political, economic, legal and moral issues -- in ways you didn't think were possible. It will truly change the way you look at the world. I've also found that PPEL has been fantastic preparation for law school. I noticed immediately that I had a significant advantage over my first-year colleagues that tookless rigorous majors in college. Navigating the PPEL curriculum will sharpen your analytical skills in unspeakable ways, and will impart to you a perspective and academic tool-chest that will prove invaluable in law school, and give you a noticeable leg up on the competition, wherever that may be. This is a world-class program."
~Michael Robert Duval (Duke Law School)

"PPEL has broadened my worldview and reinforced my belief in the value of a liberal arts education that fosters deliberation and civic engagement. The program is great in that there is a diversity of motivated students who genuinely care about the material being taught. You will be challenged and pushed to study subjects like game theory, economic policy, constitutional interpretation, and political philosophy with highly acclaimed faculty. Together, this has not only given me the instruments of critical evaluation but also driven me to find practical solutions for dealing with social injustice. I know that the friendships, knowledge, and resources taken from this program will stay with me long into the future."
~Jeffrey Curtis Beebe

"The PPEL program offers rigorous and demanding coursework. If a student is dedicated to meeting this challenge, they will find the support of excellent professors who are experts in their field and invested in the success of their students. My writing, critical thinking, and research skills have improved immensely from the classes I've taken through PPEL. The opportunity to specialize in a certain theme through the various tracks allowed me to apply what I learned in the core classes to my interests and individual passions. Pursuing a PPEL major is not easy, but it is certainly rewarding."
~Dana Marie Dobbins

"Participating in the the PPEL program at UofA has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me. It's combination of great faculty, small class sizes and a challenging curriculum has provided me with the skills I need to succeed after graduation. No matter whether I pursue graduate school or enter the workforce right away, I know that the PPEL program will contribute to my future success."
~Nicholas Ryan Mahon

"I am very thankful to have found the PPEL Major and to have joined it. It consists of a group of classes which relate to each other, yet are unique and challenging. All the courses are taught by knowledgeable and well-regarded professors in a small class setting, which facilitates great discussion. The coursework in the classes is rigorous but I've loved all my classes so far! Go PPEL!"
~Thomas Edward Mitchell

"PPEL taught me how to think critically about abstract problems, communicate complicated ideas clearly and with ease, and collaborate with my cohort and professors. I enjoyed being intellectually challenged day in and day out and the caliber of students and faculty in the PPEL program creates a unforgettable undergraduate experience. I would recommend this degree to anyone willing to work hard and learn a lot!"
~Tori Morris


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