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Dr. James Stover
Department Coordinator
Email: jstover@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-4428


Frequently Asked Questions


Our major in Political and Economic Philosophy (PEP) is unique. It is a major for students who like philosophy and want to prepare for a career in law, business or government. PEP students desire to understand the big picture of how philosophy, business, and politics combine to define our nation's policies, laws and free-market economy.

Why have an interdisciplinary major?
This major is for students who like philosophy and want to prepare for a career in law, business or government. Students who major in PEP desire to understand the big picture of how philosophy, business and politics combine to define our nation and the diverse global society.

What can I do with a PEP major?
PEP is a popular major for Wheeling Jesuit's pre-law students. Over the past 12 years, nearly every single PEP major who applied to law school was accepted. The average cumulative grade point average is approximately 3.5/4. Almost 50% of all PEP majors who go to law school receive full or partial tuition scholarship offers. PEP is a proven formula for success for pre-law students.

Some of the law schools PEP majors have attended include: Washington and Lee University, Ohio State University, Duquesne University, University of Akron, West Virginia University, University of Dayton, Santa Clara University, Detroit-Mercy University, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh.

Besides pre-law, PEP majors usually intend to go on to post-graduate or professional schools. Over the years, PEP alumni have earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, a post-graduate Legal Assistant degree from Georgetown University, MBA's and various masters' degrees in political science, public administration, human resources management, and business finance.

What are the advantages of a PEP major at Wheeling Jesuit?
As an interdisciplinary major, PEP is very flexible. PEP majors frequently take a double major or one or two other minors. The PEP faculty work very closely with individual students to make sure that they can study what they need and want to fulfill their ambitions.

If you aim to become a successful professional in law, business, government or politics, the unique PEP major is right for you.



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