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) All students are required to take Common Foundations courses (7 credits). These courses need to be finished by the end of the semester when the student is declaring and no later than the end of the sophomore year (exceptions might be made because of extenuating circumstances).
(c) All students are required to take four PPE Core courses (4 credits). These are PPE-specific interdisciplinary courses.
(d) Finally, students choose aThematic Concentration. (This part counts for 4 credits). Here students will choose an interdisciplinary theme to study.
(e) Finally, all PPE majors need to take a PPE 475 or 476 (Capstone seminar and research project) in their senior year. This accounts for the 16th credit. Students may take more than one Capstone seminar and count such 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
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.