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Major Requirements

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

Courses must be distributed as follows:

1. PPE Core Courses

  • Economics: ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Gateway: PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy
  • Capstone: PPE 400: Senior Seminar in Political Economy (Honors students take PPE 401-2 instead)

2. Core Distribution Requirements

PPE integrates normative inquiry and formal analytical tools with the substantive study of politics and economics. The PPE major 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.
    • One course in statistics. Choose from among:
      • ECON 404: Statistics for Economists
      • ECON 405: Introduction to Statistics
      • POLSCI 300: Quantitative Empirical Methods of Political Science
      • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
      • STATS 280: Honors Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
      • STATS 426: Introduction to Theoretical Statistics
    • A course in other formal methods central to political economy – statistics, logic, decision theory, or game theory from the following:
      • ECON 398: Strategy
      • ECON 409: Game Theory
      • PHIL 296: Honors Introduction to Logic
      • PHIL 303: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
      • PHIL 305: Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods
      • PHIL 413: Formal Philosophical Methods
      • PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic
      • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
      • PHIL 444: Groups and Choices
      • POLSCI 381: Political Science Research Design
      • POLSCI 391 / CMPLXSYS 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • POLSCI 488: Political Dynamics
      • POLSCI 490: Game Theory and Formal Models
      • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
      • CMPLXSYS 391 / POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
      • MATH 425 / STATS 425: Introduction to Probability
      • STATS 425 / MATH 425: Introduction to Probability
  • 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 taken 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 315: Economic Sociology
      • 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 major.

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.

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

3. Theme Requirement

All PPE majors are required to take a set of courses in their student-designed theme. Students are encouraged to start planning their theme as soon as they declare their major.

Theme Planning