Degree Requirements

PPE Major

The course requirements for the PPE Program are divided into three sections:

  1. Core Courses (12 courses)
  2. Electives (5 courses)
  3. Senior Research (one semester)

Core courses are chosen to provide students with a basic understanding in each of the three disciplines. Electives allow students to concentrate on a specific area or topic of interest and the senior research project offers a capstone experience where students integrate their work in the three disciplines. In effect, the PPE major is a double major distributed across three departments.

Core Courses

PHIL 121Ethics: Philosophical Considerations of Morality
PHIL 126Social and Political Philosophy
Any two of the following:
PHIL 250Philosophy of Law
or PHIL 275 Philosophy of Feminism
or PHIL 294 Topics in Ethics
or PHIL 295 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
or PHIL 321 Metaethics
or PHIL 326 Theories of Justice
Political Science
POSC 110Introduction to American Politics
POSC 120Politics in Democratic States
POSC 284Doing Political Science: American Political Thought 1
or POSC 180 Introduction to Political Theory
POSC 382Modern Political Theory
or POSC 383 Contemporary Political Theory
ECON 101Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomics
Any two of the following four:
ECON 201
Economic Justice
or ECON 401
History of Economic Thought I
or ECON 402
History of Economic Thought II
or ECON 466
Evolution of the Western Economy

Please note that PPE students who have not fulfilled POSC 201 - Analyzing Politics should request permission from the instructor to register for POSC 284 - Doing Political Science: American Political Thought.


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 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 major must submit a formal PPE course of study proposal (COSP) by mid-March of their sophomore year, indicating a general topic or theme that will serve as the focus of the major and proposing a program of more focused courses for their elective. The COSP must include an account of the student's progress toward completion of the core courses and an argument regarding why the proposed elective courses prepare them for senior research. This course of study proposal must be approved by the PPE committee before the student registers for the junior year.

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Heather N. Pool

Associate Professor
Director, Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Program
Interim Director of the Writing Center

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