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Major Requirements

The concentration consists of 12 courses. At least 16 credits must be taken in residence. No course will count toward the concentration unless the student receives a grade of C— or better.

Courses must be distributed as follows:

2. Core Distribution Requirements

2. Core Distribution Requirements

PPE integrates normative inquiry and formal analytical tools with the substantive study of politics and economics. The PPE concentration therefore requires two courses each in normative theory, political economy, and formal methods.

  • Formal Reasoning: one course in statistics and one additional course in statistics, logic, decision theory, or game theory from the list below.
  • Normative Theory: two 300- or 400- level courses in political philosophy, political theory, or welfare economics from the list below. One philosophy course must be take to satisfy the normative theory requirement or one of the three requirements for the theme.
      • ECON 408 / PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics
      • ECON 496. History of Economic Thought
      • PHIL 359: Law and Philosophy
      • PHIL 361: Ethics
      • PHIL 366: Introduction to Political Philosophy
      • PHIL 367: 19th Century Social and Political Philosophy
      • PHIL 369: Philosophy of Law
      • PHIL 384: Applied Epistemology
      • PHIL 408 / ECON 408: Philosophy and Economics
      • PHIL 430: Topics in Ethics
      • PHIL 431: Normative Ethics
      • PHIL 433: History of Ethics
      • PHIL 441: Social Philosophy
      • PHIL 442: Topics in Political Philosophy
      • PHIL 445: Philosophy of Law
      • PHIL 446: Social and Political Philosophy of Language
      • POLSCI 301: Development of Political Thought: To Modern Period
      • POLSCI 302: Development of Political Thought: Modern and Recent
      • POLSCI 306: American Political Thought
      • POLSCI 400: Selected Topics in Political Theory (appropriate sections)
      • POLSCI 401 / WOMENSTD 422: Feminist Political Theory
      • POLSCI 402: Liberalism and Its Critics
      • POLSCI 403 / CLCIV 403: Greek Political Thought
      • POLSCI 404: Foundations of Modern Political Thought
      • POLSCI 405: Political Philosophy of the Enlightenment
      • POLSCI 409: Twentieth Century Political Thought
      • POLSCI 495: Undergraduate Seminar in Political Theory (appropriate sections)
      • CLCIV 403 / POLSCI 403: Greek Political Thought
      • WOMENSTD 422 / POLSCI 401: Feminist Political Theory
  • Political Economy: two courses engaging the economics of government or the politics of economic activity or institutions from the list below
      • ECON 398: Strategy
      • ECON 402: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
      • ECON 408 / PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics
      • ECON 409: Game Theory
      • ECON 425 / POLSCI 425: Inequality in the United States
      • ECON 432: Government Regulation of Industry
      • ECON 481: Government Expenditures
      • ECON 482: Government Revenues
      • PHIL 408 / ECON 408: Philosophy and Economics
      • POLSCI 322: Legislative Process
      • POLSCI 337: Comparative Constitutional Design
      • POLSCI 340: Governments and Politics in Western Europe (section titled "A Game-Theoretic Approach to West European Politics")
      • POLSCI 341: Comparative Politics of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 343: Political Economy of Developed Democracies
      • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
      • POLSCI 363: International Organization & Integration
      • POLSCI 364: Public International Law
      • POLSCI 369: Politics of International Economic Relations
      • POLSCI 387: Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions
      • POLSCI 389: Topics in Contemporary Political Economy (section titled "Political Strategy & Debate")
      • POLSCI 391/CMPLXSYS 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 425 / ECON 425: Inequality in the United States
      • POLSCI 432: Law and Public Policy
      • POLSCI 462: Strategic Interaction in World Politics
      • POLSCI 496: Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics (sections titled "U.S. State Economic Development Policies", "Modern Debates in U.S. Constitutional Law")
      • CMPLXSYS 391/POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • SOC 335: Urban Inequality in America

Themes: three additional courses (or two additional courses plus the Honors thesis sequence for Honors students) in a single theme in political economy. At least two of these courses must be at the 400-level, and two must come from distinct academic disciplines.PPE students are advised to start planning their themes as soon as they are admitted to the concentration.

Students will devise a plan for advanced study focusing on a single theme in political economy, which may be normative, methodological, theoretical, or applied. Each student will write up a rationale for their theme in consultation with their PPE advisor and submit it to their advisor for approval. Possible themes could include advanced studies in any of the core areas, or focus on particular subjects/methods – for example, decision-making & strategic interaction, globalization, justice & equality, or comparative political economy.

Courses listed under the core requirements may be used to satisfy the theme requirement as long as they are not also being used to satisfy the core requirement.

The PPE committee will recommend courses for the theme requirement and post those to the PPE website. Students may propose courses not on the list that make a coherent fit with their theme. PPE advisors are authorized to approve such courses for the theme requirement.

Non-Honors students would follow their theme with the capstone seminar.