The undergraduate course for which I have applied at the University of Michigan is Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), which is a major program in the University’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). As the course’s title indicates, this is an interdisciplinary major focused on the political economy and stressing on the elements of critical reasoning and analytical ability. It combines formal analyses, empirical methods, and normative inquiry in a study of the political economy. The course focuses on relationships of government, processes of politics, and distribution and operations of trade, production, and markets. These focuses of the major align with my interests in the progress and wellbeing of humanity because I consider critical reasoning, governance, and the processes of trade, markets, and production as the three critical foundations of human development. The focus in this major aligns perfectly with my desire to serve in a public policy-making position or office in the future to make the society better because it offers a solid, broad-based, and empirical (rather than just theoretical) understanding of global issues, especially in the modern age of intensive globalization. The combination of courses and disciplines in this major promises to equip me with the knowledge and analytical skills that I shall need to confront and deal effectively with current global issues in a public policy-making role.
The LSA College at the University features the unique quality of orientation towards values to which I aspire in my future life and career. These are provision of opportunity, diversity of thought, and open-mindedness. The College identifies these values as the basis of its fundamental identity. These values are representative of my ideas concerning what the agenda of human development ought to be and involve: allowance for human creativity, acknowledgement of human diversity, and provision of opportunity to all. These fundamental values in the College match my identity and aspirations both as a person and in my career, such that I consider the College a valuable “partner” in my effort to become what and whom I want to in my future.