Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics
The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) program is an interdisciplinary major designed to give students a broad training in preparation for a career in public affairs and the legal profession. This program is designed for students with a strong interest in political and economic theory. It requires students to select a concentration of one of the three disciplines (Politics, Philosophy, or Economics) surveyed and write a directed research project (PPE 480) in that concentration. 14 courses are required for the PPE major, nine of which are specifically required courses, three each in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics.
Required for Major in International Relations: 14 courses
Required PPE Foundation Courses:
- ECN 150 Introduction to Macroeconomics
- ECN 201 Introduction to Microeconomics
- PHL 264 Critical Thinking
- PHL 303 American Philosophy
- POL 171 Political Analysis
- POL 221 Politics of the Developing World
Required PPE Reading Courses:
- PPE 200 Readings in PPE Classics / PHL 206 Social and Political Philosophy
- PPE 300 Readings in PPE Classics / POL 361 Democracy and its Critics
- PPE 400 Readings in PPE Classics / ECN 441 History of Economic Thought
Required Concentration in one of the three fields (PHL, ECN, POL):
- Four electives in one of the three PPE fields
- PPE 480 Directed Research Project in field of concentration
Concentration electives will generally all come from only one of the three PPE fields. Occasionally, and with written permission of the appropriate Chairs, concentration electives may be selected from two PPE departments.
The PPE 480 course is a cross-disciplinary capstone course in which a PPE major works one-on-one with a faculty member in their concentration area for a directed research project.