Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
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, made up of one faculty member from each of the PPE departments. Each PPE major must choose a member of the PPE Committee to serve as their PPE advisor. The PPE Committee (as a whole) must approve the individual program of each PPE student. Students who want to pursue a PPE major should contact one of the PPE Committee members listed above.
Committee: Heather Pool (Director), Jessica Bean, and John McHugh
Faculty: Jessica Bean (Economics), Sohrab Behdad (Economics), Laura Boyd (Economics), Ted Burczak (Economics), Pedro Cadenas (Economics), Sam Cowling (Philosophy), Katy Crossley-Frolick (Political Science), Paul Djupe (Political Science), Quentin Duroy (Economics), Barbara Fultner (Philosophy), Dane Imerman (Political Science), Xiao Jiang (Economics), Zarrina Juraqulova (Economics), Fadhel Kaboub (Economics), Andrew Katz (Political Science), Anthony Lisska (Philosophy), Jonathan Maskit (Philosophy), John McHugh (Philosophy), Tim Miller (Economics), Mark Moller (Philosophy), Hyun Woong Park (Economics), Heather Pool (Political Science), Matthew Slaboch (Political Science), Katherine Snipes (Economics), Johan Uribe (Economics), Luis Villanueva (Economics), Steven Vogel (Philosophy), Wei-Ting Yen (Political Science), Andrea Ziegert (Economics)
The course requirements for the PPE Program are divided into three sections:
- Core Courses (12 courses);
- Electives (5 courses); and
- 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.
|PHIL 121||Ethics: Philosophical Considerations of Morality|
|PHIL 126||Social and Political Philosophy|
|Any two of the following:|
|PHIL 250||Philosophy 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|
|POSC 110||Introduction to American Politics|
|POSC 120||Politics in Democratic States|
|POSC 284||Doing Political Science: American Political Thought 1|
|or POSC 180||Introduction to Political Theory|
|POSC 382||Modern Political Theory|
|or POSC 383||Contemporary Political Theory|
|ECON 101||Introductory Macroeconomics|
|ECON 102||Introductory Microeconomics|
|Any two of the following four:|
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.
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 March 1st of the 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.