Philosophy, Politics, and History Concentration
The Philosophy, Politics, and History (PPH) concentration is designed to equip students with the ability to understand and evaluate contemporary culture by providing a sound overview of the central events, issues, and ideas that have shaped our world and then developing the critical and personal skills necessary to engage it from an informed and Reformed Christian worldview for the good of others and the glory of God.
Why Study Philosophy, Politics, and History at Providence?
The Philosophy, Politics and History (PPH) concentration explores the big questions and big ideas of human nature, human culture, and human communities. Philosophy examines (among other things) what is real, how that can be known, and how we should then live. Politics considers various ways the communities might live out the answers to such questions and history investigates how such ideas have been enacted in the past and why our current situation is as it now is.
The aim of such learning has traditionally been wisdom – a wisdom borne of exploring big questions and big ideas from multiple angles, especially by bringing them to texts that have stood the test of time. This program of study is rooted in great thinkers and their writings, thinkers from Ancients such as Plato and Aristotle, to Medievals such as Augustine and Aquinas, to Moderns such as Immanuel Kant and John Locke, to many contemporary theorists. By approaching Philosophy, Politics and History from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective such as this, rooted in a theologically informed Christian Worldview, PPH students gain knowledge, insight, and creativity as they seek to grasp what things truly matter and why, and how that redounds to the glory of God and the good of people.
God’s cultural mandate enjoins our participation in bringing His Kingdom shalom into every aspect and corner of human existence. By training students to engage such big questions and big ideas from a number of fields, this concentration enables them to grapple with questions of human flourishing theoretically, practically, and historically. Therefore, this concentration can be excellent preparation for careers not only in philosophy, politics and history, but also for law, public policy, and for seminary, among others.
The PPH concentration begins in the first year by laying the essential groundwork for critical thinking with a core focused upon economics, mathematics, philosophy, political theory, religion, and Western Civilization. Additional courses on composition and presentation require students to not only learn material but communicate information cogently and persuasively—essential skills in business. PPH majors are also introduced to entrepreneurial thinking that shapes the concentration in enrolling their first year in “Principles and Practice of Innovation.”
Second-year students complete additional studies in the liberal arts core while enrolling in two history classes, Greek and Roman History and Renaissance and Reformation, in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Upper-class PPH students enroll in classes on Classical & Medieval Philosophy, Modern & Post-Modern Philosophy, Ethics, Comparative Government, Democracy in America, and International Relations. Electives and other core course requirements round out a student’s academic preparation, before their program culminates in their participation in their Capstone project, the goal of which is for students to employ all of the elements of their Providence Christian education in independent research and exposition.
Concentration Learning Outcomes
After active participation and completion of the PPH program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate substantial comprehension of some of the major ideas, issues, debates, and texts from ancient, medieval, and modern Western philosophy, politics, and history.
- Understand the development of philosophy, politics, and history in relation to Christianity and in particular the Reformed tradition.
- Show competency with the critical thinking skills and conceptual tools, writing styles, and reasoning methods appropriate to philosophy, politics and history.
- Display the ability to engage with seminal philosophers, statesmen, and historians, both past and present, considering why, how, and to what end these disciplines provide us with an understanding of the human condition and our place in God’s created order.
- Exhibit facility in presentation and verbal communication skills appropriate to the philosophy, politics, and history disciplines that evinces both Biblical wisdom and Christ-like love.
Concentration Course Requirements
|PPH Courses within the Liberal Studies Degree Core|
|HUM 110||Philosophical, Political, and Economic Thought||3|
|HUM 211||Classical and Medieval Civilization and Culture||3|
|HUM 212||Modern and Post-Mod Civilization and Culture||3|
|HUM 313||American Civilization and Culture||3|
|LBS 360||Christ, Culture, and Contextualization||3|
|Course #||PPH Required Course Titles||Units|
|PHL 312||Classical and Medieval Philosophy||3|
|PHL 315||Modern and Post-Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHL 340||Christian Ethics||3|
|POL 410||Democracy in America||3|
|POL 305||Comparative Government||3|
|POL 420||International Relations||3|
|HIS 265||Renaissance and Reformation||3|
|HIS 261||Greek and Roman History||3|
|Course #||PPH Elective Course Titles||Units|
|PHL 454||American Philosophy||3|
|POL 211||Politics and Culture||3|
|POL 321||The American Presidency||3|
|POL 322||The American Congress||3|
|POL 411||Constitutional Law||3|
|POL 431||Machiavelli and Shakespeare’s Politics||3|
|HIS 266||Nineteenth Century Europe||3|
|HIS 267||Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Europe||3|
|HIS 331||Comparative World History||3|
|HIS 355||Religion in America||3|
|PPH Capstone Course Titles|
|LBS 499||Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||3|
|HLS 499||Capstone: Paper/Project and Presentation||3|
Concentration Course Map
|Year One - Fall||Year One - Spring|
|New Testament I||New Testament II|
|Composition I||Composition II|
|Philosophical, Political & Economic Thought||Classical and Medieval Civilization and Culture|
|The Christian Mind||Lifespan Development|
|Intro to Public Communication||Principles & Practice of Innovation|
|Year Two - Fall||Year Two - Spring|
|Old Testament I||Old Testament II|
|World Literature||Introduction to Fine Art|
|Modern/Post-Modern Civilization and Culture||American Civilization and Culture|
|Greek and Roman History||Renaissance and Reformation|
|Year Three - Fall||Year Three - Spring|
|Christ, Culture, and Contextualization||Principles of Management, Organization, and Communication|
|Comparative Government||Christian Ethics|
|Classical and Medieval Philosophy||Modern and Post-Modern Philosophy|
|Year Four - Fall||Year Four - Spring|
|Capstone: Career Development and e-Portfolio||Capstone: Paper/Project & Presentation|
|Spanish I*||Spanish II*|
|Democracy in America||International Relations|