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Consider a Major in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

Are you still undecided about your major? Consider majoring in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPL). There is an interest meeting on Wednesday, February 26th from 730-930 in NAU HALL 342! The selective interdisciplinary major provides the opportunity for undergraduates to study law and public policy from a philosophical perspective.  Students in the program study topics such as extending legal privilege of marriage to same-sex couples, how far free speech rights extend, should the state fund the arts, etc. There are co-requisites…

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Go PPL

The annual Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPL) admissions information session will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. in Gibson 141. PPL is a major with a formal description along the lines of the following: “The program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to pursue intensive study of the connections between political philosophy and legal theory, legal thought and historical change, law and public policy.” I can assure you it is much more than this. Although many are…

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UVa students should take a lesson from Santorum

Two weekends ago, Rick Santorum got blasted for calling Obama a “snob” because the President thought everybody should go to college.  Santorum is not my top pick for GOP candidate or even VP, but I have to back him up on this one. Calling Obama a snob might be over-the-top, but suggesting that college is not for everyone is not. Why does it seem that everyone, including every college student and UVa student I’ve heard so far voice an opinion on the…

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Piece of Work-The Jobs Majors (for Undergrads!)

Since the supposed goal of college is to get a good job, I thought I might offer some facts on which popular majors offer the best salaries and employment prospects. Below is a list of the most popular majors at UVA. Only majors graduating over a hundred undergrads last year are listed below. The salary data is based on no graduate education (those of you with designs on Law and Med school can relax a little). In addition, while no engineering major…

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A Shameless Plug for the Distinguished Major program in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

The PPL program is an interdisciplinary major in which students design their own course of study for their B.A. degree, potentially choosing courses from a variety of departments.  There are two courses under the PPL heading that all PPL students take together.  The First is the gateway course: Morality, Law, and the State.  In this class students are exposed many viewpoints on topics in philosophy, policy, economics, and law.  Because the class is discussion based, students learn about the views held by…

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Using Comparative Advantage to Pick a Major

When David Ricardo proposed his principle of comparative advantage, he was speaking in the context of international trade. National economies should specialize in the production of the goods and services which can be produced at the lowest opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is the highest valued alternative opportunity foregone when one chooses to pursue a certain course of action. In other words, the goods and services which said nation has a comparative advantage in producing. What if this principle could be disaggregated to…

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