The Charles Koch Foundation has donated 3.4 million dollars to the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at UNC, a growing minor among UNC undergraduates.
“The PPE minor is an opportunity for people to get a really well-rounded experience in philosophy and the social sciences without necessarily having to triple major,” said Dan Shahar, a research assistant professor in the PPE program. “If you were just studying one subject you might not understand the real world dimensions of what is actually going on, so if you bring these disciplines together, you get a fuller picture of these issues.”
To accommodate increasing popularity in the minor, the PPE program is hiring new faculty to sustain more courses, Shahar said.
“We’re also getting faculty involved from other parts of the University,” Shahar said. “For example, I know in the spring they’re trying out a class that is a bigger version of the PPE gateway. Instead of one person being in charge of a class, they’re actually having three professors team-teaching a class.”
This semester, Shahar is teaching a PPE first-year seminar and Ethics and Economics.