CEU Launches a New Undergraduate Offer With BAs at its Vienna Campus

Today CEU for the first time launches undergraduate BAs in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Culture, Politics, and Society (CPS). 

Already known as one of Europe’s leading graduate schools in the social sciences and humanities, Central European University will be offering two new BA programs at its Vienna campus and will be welcoming students there in September 2020.

Combining the best of American and European traditions, and taught by professors who are leaders in their fields, the BAs in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Culture, Politics, and Society (CPS) will be at the cutting edge of undergraduate education. They will also have the international faculty and student body that has always characterized CEU.

CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff said that “these new undergraduate programs will be demanding, rigorous and interdisciplinary. We’ll be recruiting the best and the brightest from around the world.”

The programs are accredited both in Austria and the United States.

“We’re really excited to be entering undergraduate education”, said CEU Provost Liviu Matei. “Building on the strengths of our world class masters and doctoral teaching, we believe these degrees will prove popular with the new generation of ambitious, internationally-focused undergraduates.”

The BA in Culture, Politics, and Society (CPS) offers students key skills that will be invaluable for the jobs of the future.

Dorit Geva, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Head of the CPS program, said that “for a generation coming of age at a time when the future of work offers unparalleled opportunities, but also significant trials, climate change is a reality, and old political institutions are in crisis, choosing the right university is more important than ever.”

Professor Geva remarked that tomorrow's desirable career will require professionals to be able to sort the reliable from the untrustworthy to the downright fraudulent. "We specifically designed CPS to produce worldly, informed and sophisticated citizens with a capacity to decipher fact from fabrication, who can critically analyze and produce sources and forms of knowledge and make a positive contribution to society.”

The BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) offers rigorous training in all three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics.

Professor Tim Crane, head of the PPE program and head of CEU’s Department of Philosophy said: “A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics equips you with the intellectual discipline to understand the contemporary world and its political turmoil.”