Major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Charlotte Thomas, Director/ Professor

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of topics, texts, and concerns that exist at the intersection of these three fields (e.g., theories of justice, rights, freedom, individual liberty, property, etc.) The program creates an intentional constellation of courses in these three disciplines that is designed to enrich the students’ experience of each discipline and offer a breadth of study not available in any one disciplinary major.

Besides providing a framework within which students interested in these three disciplines can develop a sense of their interrelations, the program will facilitate the development of a better perspective of the boundaries and scope of these disciplinary approaches. For example, in economics coursework a student will learn the principles of markets and how they display the effects of various incentive structures. The same student, in her political science coursework may begin to understand the political context in which such markets operate. And, from philosophy, the PPE student would learn some of the long, rich tradition of theories that ground both political and economic approaches to understanding the human condition, as well as explore the ethical implications of political and economic action.

Successful completion of the PPE major leads to a BA degree.

Major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

47 semester credit hours

Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLA Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.

• ECN 150. Principles of Microeconomics

• ECN 151. Principles of Macroeconomics

• ECN 450. Moral Foundations of Capitalism

One course from:

• ECN 437. Law and Economics

• ECN 438. Public Finance

• ECN 441. International Economics

One course from:

• PHI 190. Introduction to Philosophy

• PHI 195. Introduction to Ethics

• PHI 230. Political Philosophy

• PHI 301. Junior Seminar

• PHI 302. Thesis Research and Development

• PHI 401. Senior Seminar

One course from:

• PHI 311. Ancient Greek Philosophy

• PHI 314. Early Modern Philosophy

One course from:

• POL 101. Introduction to American Government

• POL 253. Introduction to International Relations

• POL 200. Introduction to Political Theory

One course from:

• POL 373. American Political Thought

• POL 378. Modern Political Thought

Three additional courses from PHI, POL, or ECN

Senior Essay on a topic approved by a committee of PPE faculty members and enrollment in a disciplinary research and writing course to support this work, i.e., PHI 420, POL 496, or equivalent with approval of the PPE Director.

Students pursuing the PPE major must have at least 18 hours in one PPE discipline (including courses in the PPE core).Other courses relevant to PPE may be substituted for electives by approval of the student’s PPE faculty committee.

Students declaring a major in PPE must form a committee of three faculty members (one from each PPE discipline) to coordinate their curriculum. One of these faculty members will become the advisor to the student’s senior thesis, and all three committee members will confer on all decisions relevant to that student’s course of study (e.g. senior essay topics, judgments regarding whether or not a particular course should be allowed to substitute for a PPE elective, etc.)