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Study a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, History, and Economics at King's

The politics, history, and economics degree at King's offers an interdisciplinary approach that provides a balanced knowledge of politics, history, and economics to equip for work in the public sphere.
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Do you have a passion for all things political? Do you see problems and injustice resulting from government policy and want to make a difference? Modeled after the acclaimed and widely recognized Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at Oxford University, the Politics - History - Economics (PHE) program is a unique interdisciplinary degree that prepares students for all types of work related to the 'public sphere.' 

Why study three disciplines in one degree? Becoming an effective figure in public life requires an integrated and balanced knowledge of all three disciplines. In government departments, constituency offices, NGOs, and political parties, budgets are always tight and employers in these sectors are looking for individuals with broad knowledge and skill-sets to fill positions that often have very fluid job descriptions.

Politics brings an understanding of power relations in society. It informs ideas and structures that shape power relations and the role of government in resolving them. Politics looks at how ideologies, institutions, and convictions contribute to greater or lesser justice in the fabric of public life.

History cultivates an understanding of the origins and causes of contemporary public issues. Students gain greater insight into the roots of western and world civilizations, how cultures are formed, how powerful economic and political actors shape public life, and the ideological and religious ideas shaping our times.

Economics prepares students to dig into the powerful drive exerted on society and its institutions by economic forces. It studies how we steward resources and ecosystems sustainably and for public good, and how economic policies affect individual and societal choices.

“The PHE degree from King's accelerated my desire to continue to study and work in community economic development; the depth of knowledge and guidance I received from my professors at King's gave me the foundation to begin my career and keep exploring politics, history, and economics. I would recommend King’s to anyone who wants to ask the big questions and are compelled to find the answers to better our world. The PHE program will allow you to ask those questions and will equip you with the skills and tools necessary to find the answers.”

Kim Dyke, Graduate

Politics - History - Economics programs at King's

Available as a major

  • 4-Year Bachelor of Arts

Fall Program start date
September 3, 2019

Fall Application Deadline
August 15, 2019

Winter Program start date
December 15, 2018

Winter Application Deadline
January 7, 2019

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Admission Requirements

    Our Politics - History - Economics grads get jobs as:

  • Community Organizers
  • Development Advisors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Policy Analysts
  • Public Servants

    Our Politics - History - Economics grads go on to study:

  • Economic Development
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public Policy
Politics - History - Economics Faculty