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PPE Special Major

PPE is a special major that combines courses in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. You can be based in either Philosophy or Political Science as a PPE Major. 

When selecting your special major as a sophomore, please specify which department you want to be based in by selecting the one that starts with the department you want to base yourself in. For example, if you want to be based in Philosophy, you would select PHIL, POLS & ECON;  if you want to be based in Political Science, you would select POLS, PHIL & ECON. 

You can find requirements for PHIL based PPE below or use this PPE  Requirement Checklist to see the requirements for PHIL or POLS based.

If you change your department base, you must change it in the major/minor portal so the Registrar can change it in Banner.  This is important since there is a difference in the Senior exercise, based on your home department.  Also, each is based in a different division - Humanities or Social Science.

Philosophy, Political Science, & Economics (PPE)
COURSE Special Major Requirements (Major code S296)
Philosophy based (Humanities Division)

(see POLS for Political Science based)
 

Acceptance Requirement:  2.67 GPA in Philosophy Courses 
Completion of two Philosophy courses (1 intro and 1 other)                                   

Graduation Requirements: 12 Credits    
Must include each of these following categories of courses:
                                                              
6 Credits in Philosophy                                                                                           

  • PHIL 11 Moral Philosophy or PHIL 101 Moral Philosophy seminar,
  • Any of the following - PHIL 21 Social and Political Philosophy; 27 Ethics & Technology; 34 Marx & Marxism; 35 Environmental Ethics; 37 Contemporary Political Philosophy; 41 Peace & Political Philosophy; 52 Bioethics; 55 Philosophy of Law; 121 Social & Political Philosophy; 155 Philosophy of Law or other related courses as they are added.

3 Credits in Political Science                                                                             

  • At least one course in American Politics, Politics Around the World or International Relations                     

3 Credits in Economics (not counting ECON 1)

  • ECON 11 (Intermediate Microeconomics)*     
    *In practice, students must take MATH 15 (Elementary Single-Variable Calculus), although that will not be counted toward the 12 credits, since it is treated as a prerequisite.                          
  • At least one of ECON 13 (Economic Efficiency, Markets and Distributive Justice), ECON 41 (Public Economics) and ECON 42 (Law and Economics)                                                                                                           

Senior Exercise                                                                                                               

  • PHIL Senior Exercise -  PHIL 99 Senior Course Study
 

Philosophy, Political Science, & Economics (PPE)  
HONORS Special Major Requirements (Major Code S296)
Philosophy based (Humanities Division)

Acceptance Requirement:  3.33 GPA in Philosophy Courses & 3.33 GPA Overall Courses      
Completion of two Philosophy courses (1 intro + 1 other)                               

Graduation Requirements: 12 Credits                                                                   

6 Credits in Philosophy                                                                                            

  • 1 PHIL honors preparation - PHIL 101 Moral Philosophy, or PHIL 121 Social & Political Philosophy, or PHIL 155 Philosophy of Law                                               
  • Any of the following: PHIL 21 Social and Political Philosophy; 27 Ethics & Technology; 34 Marx & Marxism; 35 Environmental Ethics; 37 Contemporary Political Philosophy; 41 Peace & Political Philosophy; 52 Bioethics; 55 Philosophy of Law; 121 Social & Political Philosophy; 155 Philosophy of Law or other related courses as they are added.                                                        

3 Credits in Political Science                                                                       

  • 1 POLS honors prep                                                                                   
  • At least one course in American Politics, Politics Around the World or International Relations                                                    

3 Credits in Economics (not counting ECON 1)                                                                  

  • 1 ECON honors prep                                                                              
  • Must include ECON 11 (Intermediate Microeconomics)*    
    *In practice, students must take MATH 15 (Elementary Single-Variable Calculus), although that will not be counted toward the 12 credits, since it is treated as a prerequisite.                      
  • Senior Exercise - PHIL 199 Senior honors study