Our students have the opportunity to frame their own thematic program to pursue interdisciplinary interests. The four thematic courses serve as the advanced courses in the major and should work togehter to coherently develop a concentration related to a theme. While you will develop your thematic concentration with the PPE Advisor, the links below present a list of the kinds of classes that are relevant for each theme:
- Choice and Behavior
- Distributive Justice
- Public Policy and Governance
- Ethics and the Professions
Guidelines for Developing your Theme
- Follow your passion! The themes provide a good starting point for narrowing down your interests, and theme courses provide an excellent opportunity to study any of a wide array of issues, regions, policy areas, political processes, academic methods of analysis, and the like that benefit from the kind of interdisciplinary perspective developed in your PPE major!
- Theme classes should not all come from one discipline. The value of PPE comes from its interdisciplinary perspective. If you find that you want to take four advanced courses in one discipline as a PPE major, we recommend adding a minor in that discipline.
- Theme classes are the advanced courses in your major. Classes should typically be 200-, 300-, or 400-level with the PPE Advisor approving any exceptions.
- No more than 2 classes outside the School of Arts and Sciences can fulfill the requirements for the PPE major. Note that Fels classes count as SAS classes (are not counted against the max of 2). In addition, if any class is cross-listed with a SAS department, it counts as a SAS class (for example, HCMG 202 is Econ 039, so counts as a SAS class).
- Capstone Seminars can also be taken to fulfill a course in your theme. Students may take more than one capstone when appropriate to develop the area of concentration in the theme.
- Independent Studies can count towards your theme. Theoretically, students can fulfill their entire 4 credits of thematic requirements by doing research provided the research is relevant to the thematic concentration.
Petitioning to Add a Course to Your Theme
- In searching for classes, you may find a class which is appropriate from a PPE perspective, not on the example courses listed your theme page above, and that perfectly develops your theme. For example, perhaps COMM 498: Experimental Design will provide the methodological tools you need to launch an honors thesis on the role of media in elections. Though not typically a Public Policy and Governance course, you may petition to include the course in your theme by COMPLETING THIS PPE THEME COURSE PETITION FORM. Successful petitions will articulate how the course directly contributes to the way you are developing your PPE theme.