The PPE Major
The PPE Major requirements offer the students several choices in designing the major. Some of the innovative ways the PPE major might be structured are described in the overview of the program. Students should read the details below, and may also refer to this diagram for a quick visual understanding of the major.
(a) All students fulfill a "Rigorous Reasoning" Pre-requirement.
(b) The Common Foundation courses (7 credits) provide a foundation in the relevant disciplines and skills.
(c) The PPE Core courses (4 credits) emphasize synergies and differences within the disciplines in the major to enhance a student's ability to look at a problem from severeal possible analytic lenses. These are PPE-specific interdisciplinary courses.
(d) Building on the Foundations and Core, students develop a coherent Thematic Concentration (4 credits). Here students fashion a course of study, choosing four interdisciplinary, complimentary courses developing a concentration within a theme to study.
(e) Capstone seminar and research project: PPE 475 or 476 (1 credit) Students may take more than one Capstone seminar and count seminars as electives in their thematic concentration.
1. Minors: Students who want to study a particular PPE discipline in greater depth are encouraged to pursue a minor in that discipline. PPE will count four (out of six) minor courses toward the PPE degree: two Foundation, one Core and one Thematic Concentration Elective. Click here for information about a Minor in: Philosophy, Political Science and Economics
2. We encourage students engage in research (including honors theses) as part of the PPE major. The credit from an independent study or honors thesis can be incorporated into a student's thematic concentration.
3. Prospective students should read this page for information about how to structure their courses.
4. Sixteen distinct credits are needed for obtaining the major. This means that a student graduating from the College with a PPE major needs at least 36 credits to graduate. All of these credits must be earned by taking the relevant classes for a grade, and not with a pass-fail option.