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Study Politics, History & Economics at King's

Do you have a passion for the big issues that face our world today? Want to work with others to make things better? Modelled after the acclaimed and widely recognized Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at Oxford University, the Politics, History & Economics (PHE) program at King's is a unique interdisciplinary degree that prepares students for life and careers in law, policy, the public sphere and much more.

Why study three disciplines in one degree? Each discipline contributes unique understandings and expertise relevant to participation in the public sphere. Together, they equip students to think deeply and critically, and to flexibly apply a broad range of tools in complex, ever-changing situations.

Politics, History & Economics Program Highlights

  • Select from courses in three disciplines critical to understanding the formation of public policy and how we live together as a society
  • Learn how different actors – government, non-profits, business, the media, schools, and the church – each play unique roles in contributing to the common good and human flourishing
  • Dig deeper into some of our world's most pressing issues and possible actions that could be employed to mitigate them
  • Focus on applying learning and theory to real-life situations
  • Participate in internships and study abroad programs that allow you to gain professional skills, build your resume and expand your network
  • Find work in international development and non-profit employment through King's Micah Certificate in Justice and Development

Off Campus Opportunities

Internships

Students are encouraged and assisted to participate in internships during their studies. Some internships count toward the the number of courses needed to graduate, and in others students gain work experience and networking opportunities.

Laurentian Leadership Centre

King's students are offered special placement into the Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) internship program in Ottawa, through Trinity Western University. Students earn university credits by taking interdisciplinary courses and gain work experience by interning with a Member of Parliament, government body, business or non-governmental organization. 

Other Opportunities

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, which includes the American Studies ProgramOxford Summer ProgramLatin America Studies Program, and Middle East Studies Program are all options for students. In addition, The Washington Centre in Washington, DC, and summer courses at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding and the Canadian Mennonite University are available.

Politics, History & Economics Program Options

Available as a major

  • 4-year Bachelor of Arts

Available as a concentration

Program Profiles

Lisa DeMoor, Privy Council Office

Lisa DeMoor

From the marble steps of the Alberta Legislature to the Canadian Prime Minister's Office, my Politics-History-Economics (PHE) program has given me the tools I need to pursue my interests. "My PHE degree and its broad interdisciplinary nature was a springboard into work and educational opportunities...It challenged me to work for shalom in our economic and political systems in what is often a broken world." The PHE program initially appealed to me because I have always been interested in social justice…

Joel Vederas, B.A. Politics, History & Economics '20

Joel Vederas

I was born and raised in Edmonton. I knew I wanted to stay in Edmonton throughout university and had a number of options to carefully consider. What really appealed to me about King’s was the small class sizes. The thought of walking into an introductory class at another institution with 500 students really overwhelmed me. "I’m so happy I made the decision to stay at a post-secondary institution where staff and faculty see me as a person, not just a number, and know me by name." I initially…

Dr. Gerda Kits, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Gerda Kits

My research is focused on decolonizing the present-day economics curriculum. Essentially, we are looking at how the way we currently teach economics and understand the economy is shaped by western and European perspectives, and then realizing that that is not the only way to view the world. For example, how we understand what a person is, what human nature is and what motivates a person is different in different cultures. "I want to bring different perspectives into teaching economics so that students…

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