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Theme Planning

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. Here are some guidelines to get started:

  • Non-Honors students: Your theme will consist in 3 additional courses (beyond the distribution requirements, ECON 401, PPE 300 and PPE 400) in a single theme in political economy.
  • Honors students: Your theme will consist in 2 additional courses and your Honors thesis sequence, all 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.
  • Theme courses do not need to come from one of our 3 departments. Any advanced course from any department that fits your theme may be included.
  • Your theme in political economy may be may be normative, methodological, theoretical, or applied. 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.
  • One philosophy course must be taken to satisfy either the normative theory requirement or one of the three theme requirements for the theme. A theme proposal must be filed before a student registers for their second-to-last term.
  • Your theme must be approved by your advisor. Write up a brief account of your theme (one or two paragraphs should be enough in most cases) and list the courses you expect to take in your theme. Draw up a list of backup courses in case the ones you want to take are unavailable...Bring your proposal to your advisor for refinement and approval, and you will be on your way.
  • Your theme may be modified at any time. Just make an advising appointment to discuss any changes you wish to make.