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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 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.