Monday, October 31, 2016  
New major addresses complex societal questions | Benefits open enrollment starts today
Kevin Vallier, director of the new program in philosophy, politics, economics and law, with a class.


A new interdisciplinary major and minor in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL) is now offered in the College of Arts and Sciences for students interested in addressing the complicated issues of our times. Modeled on Oxford University’s longstanding program, PPEL requires students to think critically about the relationships between the institutions that make up our society. The program was founded at Oxford to develop leaders in civic affairs.

Students develop sharp analytical thinking skills as they address questions about how society should be and the right approaches to achieve those ends. For example, how should we respond to climate change? What does an ethical health care system look like? Should money have a role in politics? Is technology beneficial to human existence? What kind of economy is best? What is the role of government, and where does it get its authority?

“It’s really important that people ask these moral and political questions in an informed way,” said PPEL director Dr. Kevin Vallier, philosophy.

BGSU’s PPEL major is the first offered at a public research university in Ohio.


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Open enrollment for eligible employees begins today (Oct. 31) and runs through 11.59 p.m. Nov. 18. All forms and information are available online.

Employees’ current plans will remain in place for 2017 if they do not enroll. But anyone wishing to contribute to a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account must set those up each year by the end of open enrollment.

The benefits office at Human Resources is available to answer questions at 372-8421.


The BGBookBag Professional Development Book Club continues in November with “Get Smart: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful . . .,” by Brian Tracy. Meetings will be held virtually, from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 17.

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