Degree Essentials

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Faculty

Committee: Professors Jessica Bean, Jonathan Maskit (Director), Heather Pool

Faculty: Robin Bartlett (Economics), Jessica Bean (Economics), Sohrab Behdad (Economics), David Boyd (Economics), Laura Boyd (Economics), Michael Brady (Political Science), Theodore A. Burczak (Economics), Sam Cowling (Philosophy), Katy Crossley-Frolick (Political Science), Sue Davis (Political Science), Paul Djupe (Political Science), Quentin Duroy (Economics), Barbara Fultner (Philosophy), Dane Imerman (Political Science), Xiao Jiang (Economics), Fadhel Kaboub (Economics), Andrew Katz (Political Science), Ross LaRoe (Economics), Anthony Lisska (Philosophy), Jonathan Maskit (Philosophy), John McHugh (Philosophy), Timothy Miller (Economics), Mark Moller (Philosophy), Michelle Mood (Political Science), James Pletcher (Political Science), Heather Pool (Political Science), Luis Villanueva-Martinez (Economics), Steven Vogel (Philosophy), Andrea Ziegert (Economics).

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The PPE Program enables students to pursue a rigorous course of studies exploring the important historical, methodological, and theoretical interconnections among the three indicated fields of study. It is designed, specifically, to meet the needs of students seeking to understand the theoretical foundations of political and economic thought.

The PPE Program is overseen by the PPE Committee comprising one faculty member from each of the PPE departments. Each PPE major must choose a member of the PPE Committee to serve as his or her PPE advisor. The PPE Committee (as a whole) must approve the individual program of each PPE student. Students wishing to pursue a PPE major should contact one of the PPE Committee members listed above.

PPE Major

The course requirements for the PPE Program are divided into three sections, 1) Core Courses [12 courses], 2) Electives [5 courses], and 3) Senior Research [at least one semester]. Core courses are chosen to provide students with a grounding in each of the three disciplines; electives allow each student to concentrate upon a specific area or topic of interest; and the senior research project provides a culminating experience allowing students to draw together their work in the three disciplines. In effect, the PPE major is a double major distributed across three departments.

Core Courses

  • Philosophy

    • 121 Ethics: Philosophical Consideration of Morality

    • 126 Social and Political Philosophy

    • 200 Philosophical Studies

    • 250 Philosophy of Law or 294 Topics in Ethics or 295 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy or 321 Metaethics or 326 Theories of Justice

    Political Science

    • 110 American Political Behavior and Institutions

    • 120 Politics in Democratic States

    • 180 Introduction to Political Theory or 284 Introduction to American Political Theory*

    • 382 Modern Political Theory or 383 Contemporary Political Theory

      *Please note that PPE students who have not fulfilled POSC-201 "Analyzing Politics" should request permission from the instructor to register for POSC-284.

    Economics

    • 101 Introductory Macroeconomics

    • 102 Introductory Microeconomics

    • 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics or 302 Intermediate Microeconomics

    • 401 History of Economic Thought I or 402 History of Economic Thought II

Electives A student must select five additional advanced courses in at least two of the three departments. The courses which satisfy this requirement must be approved by the PPE Committee. Under special circumstances, and with the approval of the PPE Committee, a student may be permitted to fulfill up to two of his or her elective requirements with courses outside of the Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy departments. It is the responsibility of each student's PPE advisor and, ultimately, the PPE Committee, to see that the student's course of study realizes the overall goals of the PPE Program.

Senior Research In addition to completing the course sequence indicated above, each PPE student must complete at least one semester of senior research culminating in a senior research project linking the three areas.

PPE Course of Study Proposal Each prospective PPE student must submit a formal PPE course of study proposal by March 1st of his or her sophomore year, indicating a general topic or theme that will serve as the focus of the major, and proposing a program of study that includes specific plans as to which core courses and which electives will count towards the major. This course of study proposal must be approved by the PPE committee before the student registers for the junior year.