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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 numbered categories of courses:
                                                              
6 Credits in Philosophy                                                                                           

  • Must include  -
    PHIL 11 Moral Philosophy or PHIL 101 Moral Philosophy seminar,
    and
    PHIL 21 Social & Political Philosophy or PHIL 37 Contemporary Political Philosophy or PHIL 121 Social & Political Philosophy seminar.
  • May include any of the following -
    PHIL 27 (Ethics & Technology), PHIL 35 (Environmental Ethics), PHIL 41 (Peace & Political Philosophy), PHIL 45 (Futures in Feminism), PHIL 51 (Human Rights), PHIL 52 (Bioethics), PHIL 55 (Philosophy of Law), PHIL 61 (Philosophy of Race & Gender), PHIL 71 (Ethics & Economics), PHIL 155 (Philosophy of Law), or other related courses as they are added  

3 Credits in Political Science                                                                             

  • POLS 66 (International Political Economy) or POLS 116 (International Political Economy Seminar)                                                                                                      
  • POLS 34 (Capitalism and Socialism) or POLS 47 (Ethics and Economics)                
  • POLS 11 (Ancient Political Thought), or POLS 12 (Modern Political Thought), or POLS 100 (Ancient Political Thought seminar) or POLS 101 (Modern Political Theory seminar)                          

3 Credits in Economics (not counting ECON 1)

  • 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.                          
  • Must include 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 or PHIL 96 Senior Course Thesis        
 

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 prep - PHIL 101 Moral Philosophy, or PHIL 121 Social & Political Philosophy, or PHIL 155 Philosophy of Law                                               
  • May include any of the following - 
    PHIL 27 (Ethics & Technology), PHIL 35 (Environmental Ethics), PHIL 41 (Peace & Political Philosophy), PHIL 45 (Futures in Feminism), PHIL 51 (Human Rights), PHIL 52 (Bioethics), PHIL 55 (Philosophy of Law), PHIL 61 (Philosophy of Race & Gender), PHIL 71 (Ethics & Economics), PHIL 155 (Philosophy of Law), or other related courses as they are added                                                              

3 Credits in Political Science                                                                       

  • 1 POLS honors prep                                                                                   
  • One of POLS 66 (International Political Economy), POLS 34 (Capitalism & Socialism) or POLS 47 (Ethics & Economics)                                                     

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 199  or PHIL 180 Senior honors thesis