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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:

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.

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