Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Explore three of the most important fields in shaping our understanding of society, Canadian public policy, and the world.

Economics Students at UBC Okanagan

Why study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities

Build the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in business, government, law, and commerce, or to pursue graduate studies in any of the fields of philosophy, politics, or economics.

Stimulating discussions

Watch or participate as two debate teams face off on public issues before a panel of judges at the Roger Watts Advocacy Debate. Research seminars with visiting speakers from prominent academic institutions, industry, and government are also featured throughout the year.

Student networks

Join the economics and philosophy course unions or the political science students’ association to build friendships, get involved in advocacy, and gain increased access to career resources.


UBC Okanagan’s liberal arts degree prepares students for global citizenship by integrating foundational knowledge with interdisciplinary opportunities in social justice, sustainability and Indigenous content. Students who earn a BA degree graduate with a broad range of knowledge and the ability to think critically, be creative, problem solve and communicate effectively.

Co-op experience

Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network, and earn money to pay for tuition.

what you need to know

Get your UBC degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, which draws together three of the most important fields in understanding our society and our world:

  • Philosophy, which teaches logic, ethics and how to question critically
  • Politics, which considers the interests and institutions that form public policies and the rules by which we are governed
  • Economics, which encompasses how we make decisions as individuals and groups in our increasingly global world market

Placed into context with each other, these fields allow students to form a critical and informed basis to understand and interpret the world.

At UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in philosophy, politics, and economics.

UBC Okanagan’s PPE program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students to pursue further studies or careers in law, business, commerce, journalism, social work, education, or public administration.

Sample courses:

  • ECON 339 — Economics of Technological Change
  • ECON 370 — Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Economics of Project Evaluation
  • PHIL 233 — Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 338 — Philosophy of Law
  • POLI 364 — International Organizations
  • POLI 472 — War and the Modern State

Browse courses and descriptions in:

The following link takes you to PPE program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia. Students in the PPE program are required to take a common set of first- and second-year courses. You must also choose one of three options, each of which places an emphasis on one of the three core disciplines.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) major in PPE

Communications and Rhetoric Certificate

Students can receive a Certificate in Communications and Rhetoric by completing 15 credits through courses from four thematic interdisciplinary and relational clusters, and a final capstone project. This is an add on to any major; some credits can be double-counted.


Plan your academic journey by exploring the undergraduate academic planning guide designed for Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students.

For your application to be considered, you will need to:

  • meet general requirements (e.g., graduate from secondary school)
  • demonstrate a certain level of English competency
  • meet specific requirements for the degree you’re applying to

Then, UBC will take a closer look at your application. We’ll read your Personal Profile to get a sense of who you are and what you’ve achieved. We’ll also look at all of your Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses, paying special attention to the courses that relate to the degree you’re applying to.

Find your specific requirements at


Declaring helps you plan your program more effectively, build your education, and stay connected.

Students apply for the PPE major after completing all required prerequisites, typically at the end of their second year, by submitting the PPE Major Application for Admission Form to the PPE coordinator, Julien Picault.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees

UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

Apply to UBC at — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world’s top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose “Okanagan campus.”

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1.877.807.8521.

Your Career Options

Build a broad foundation and great career potential with a UBC degree — respected by employers around the globe. Career options range from business and government to law and commerce.

  • Account manager
  • Actuarial assistant
  • Advertising media planner
  • Assistant to MP/MLA
  • Benefits administrator
  • Broadcast writer
  • Business analyst
  • Campaign worker
  • Claims examiner
  • Collection agent
  • Communication officer
  • Community relations director
  • Community resource coordinator
  • Consumer advocate
  • Crime victim services worker
  • Economic development officer
  • Employee benefits officer
  • Employment counsellor
  • Energy researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Freelance writer
  • Human rights worker
  • Immigrant or customs officer
  • Journalist
  • Labour analyst
  • Labour relations specialist
  • Legislative correspondent
  • Market research analyst
  • Media analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Public relations officer
  • Radio/TV announcer
  • Speech writer
  • Businesses such as banks, brokerage firms, compensation consulting firms, energy companies, enterprise risk management companies, manufacturing and trading firms, and telecommunications agencies
  • Industry and services addressing ethics and information management, finance, insurance, public policy research and analysis, political consulting, and public relations
  • Local, provincial, and federal government departments and agencies focusing on archives and heritage, campaign management, communications, economic development, finance, foreign service, labour, law enforcement, program administration, public policy, regional planning, and transportation
  • Journalism and media outlets with a focus on publishing, magazines, newspapers, technical writing, and public relations
  • Non-profit organizations, including community and social services, public interest/advocacy groups, and public education facilities

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to:

  • build your resumé with professional experience
  • learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs
  • expand your network of industry contacts
  • earn money to pay for tuition

Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

The UBC Okanagan Arts Career Apprenticeship Program (UBCO ACAP) connects upcoming arts, humanities and social sciences graduates from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies with Okanagan-based employers for one-year, paid, early career opportunities.

UBC’s Okanagan campus offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program, which offers innovative interdisciplinary themes and individualized options in which students can have a PPE faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Follow your ideas and jump-start your career:

Get a financial boost to start your research experience. Pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look impressive on your resumé.

  • Undergraduate Research Awards: The URA offers an $8,000 salary plus a maximum of $1,500 for research expenses, for a total of up to $9,500 per student. For international students, the IURA offers a $9,000 salary plus a maximum of $1,500 for research expenses, for a total of up to $10,500 per student.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project — a life-changing experience.


The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the PPE program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
    * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox 

On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Faculty” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.

Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an Indigenous student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who’ve been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection, and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction, and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres, including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active — from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals, and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence.

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people — the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at