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Major Requirements

The major consists of 12 courses in addition to the prerequisites. 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 (3 Courses*) 

  • Economics—ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Gateway—PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy
  • Capstone—PPE 400: Senior Seminar in Political Economy
    • Only required for non-Honors students                        

More information about PPE Core Courses

2. Core Distribution Requirements (6 Courses)

Each PPE student is required to take two courses each in normative theory, political economy, and formal reasoning.

Normative Theory

(2) 300- or 400- level courses in political philosophy, political theory, or welfare economics from the list below. At least (1) philosophy course must be taken to satisfy this requirement, or one of the three requirements for the theme.

  • ECON 408/PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics
  • PHIL 359: Law and Philosophy
  • PHIL 361: Ethics
  • PHIL 366: Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 367: 19th Century Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 430: Topics in Ethics
  • PHIL 441: Social Philosophy
  • PHIL 446: Social and Political Philosophy of Language
  • POLSCI 302: Development of Political Thought: Modern and Recent
  • POLSCI 306: American Political Thought
  • POLSCI 401 / WOMENSTD 422: Feminist Political Theory
  • POLSCI 402: Liberalism and Its Critics
  • POLSCI 409: Twentieth Century Political Thought
  • POLSCI 495: Undergraduate Seminar in Political Theory (appropriate sections)

Political Economy

(2) 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 409: Game Theory
  • ECON 432: Government Regulation of Industry
  • ECON 481: Government Expenditures
  • POLSCI 337: Comparative Constitutional Design
  • POLSCI 340: Governments and Politics in Western Europe 
    • Section titled "A Game-Theoretic Approach to West European Politics"
  • POLSCI 348: Political Economy of Development
  • 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 496: Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics 
    • Sections titled "U.S. State Economic Development Policies", "Modern Debates in U.S. Constitutional Law"
  • SOC 315: Economic Sociology
  • SOC 335: Urban Inequality in America

Formal Reasoning

(1) course in statistics; choose from the following:

  • ECON 251: Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics 2
  • ECON 451: Intermediate Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics 1
  • 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

(1) course in other formal methods central to political economy (statistics, logic, decision theory, or game theory); choose 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 490: Game Theory and Formal Models
  • POLSCI 499: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
  • MATH 425/STATS 425: Introduction to Probability

3. Theme Requirement (3 Courses*)

(3) additional courses in a single, student-designed theme in political economy (for honors students: (2) additional courses, plus the Honors thesis sequence) . At least two of these courses must be at the 400-level, and two must come from distinct academic disciplines.

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.

More information about theme planning