|Hey Ed, great article.|
Although I wasn't a PEP major, I might as well have been. A few more courses and I could probably get a PEP degree to go with my B.A. in Philosophy. I was a student in the Conceptual Foundations of Business course that Ed mentioned, and found it to be brilliant. I had feared, going in, a boring numbers class, but was pleasantly surprised when I found myself discussing morality and ethics, philosophy, politics, and a number of other topics. I then enjoyed a few more of Ed's courses, including a couple in the MBA program (Ed's a swell guy and let a few non-MBA types take his classes), before I graduated.
In addition to Dr. Younkins, Wheeling Jesuit is blessed with the presence of Dr. Thomas Michaud, whose many courses in Philosophy (and a couple in Political Science) are geared toward this spirit of integrating knowledge. Dr. Michaud is one of the chief proponents of the PEP major, and is very enthusiastic in his belief in the program as the way the future of learning (and teaching) should be.
I'm proud to say I was a student of both Younkins and Michaud, along with a great many other professors, and proud to say I studied at Wheeling Jesuit University. Ed and his mindset represent everything right about education, and his spirit reflects everything right about WJU.
Ed, thanks for the article and for going against the grain.