Common Core classes provide PPE students with the basic tools of analysis from Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. The student needs to take 6 classes, two each in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. The classes taken in the common core are independent of the theme or concentration the student will choose to specialize in within the PPE major. In other words, if a set of classes satisfy the common core requirements for a theme/concentration, the classes will also satisfy the common core requirements for any other theme/concentration.
It is strongly recommended that the Common Core classes be taken by the end of the sophomore year, and it is required that students take them by the end of the junior year.
For those declaring a major during the 2007-8 academic year, the following are the requirements and choices:
1. PHIL/PPE 8 (The Social Contract). If PSCI 181 has been taken, this may be substituted with one course from the list of classes of Phil core electives below.
2. Philosophy Core Elective (any one from the following list):
Phil Core Electives:
Phil 2 (Ethics)
Phil 72 (Biomedical Ethics), PPE 272 (Ethics and the Professions), Phil 79 (Environmental ethics)
Phil 76 (Political Philosophy), Phil 77 (Philosophy of Law), Phil/PPE 226 (Markets,Morality and Capitalism), Phil 277 (Justice,Law and Morality), PPE 271 (Global Justice)
Phil 3 (Intro to Ancient Philosophy), Phil 4 (Introduction to Modern Philosophy), Phil 32 (Topics in Contemporary Philosophy), Phil 211 (Ancient Moral Philosophy)
Phil 44 (Intro to Cognitive Science), Phil 231 (Into to Theory of Knowledge), Phil 243 (Topics in Metaphysics), Phil 244 (Intro to Philosophy of Mind), Phil 331 (Epistemology), Phil 225 (Philosophy of Science),
Phil 5 (Formal Logic I), Phil 6 (Formal Logic II), PPE 101 (Nature of Reasoning),
Political Science Core
1. PSCI 181: Modern Political Thought. If PHIL 8 has been taken, this may be substituted with one of the following courses: PSCI 180: Ancient Political Thought; PSCI 181: Modern Political Thought; PSCI 182: Contemporary Political Theory; and PSCI 183: American Political Thought.
2. PSCI Core elective. PSCI 110 (Intro to Comparative Politics), PSCI 116 (Political Change in the Third World), PSCI 130 (Intro to American Politics), PSCI 150 (International Relations Theory and Practice) PSCI 151 (International Security), PSCI 152 (International Political Economy), PSCI 234 (Civil Rights, Civil Liberties), PSCI 280 (Feminist Political Thought), PSCI 258 (Human Rights) and PSCI 275 (Islamic Political Thought).
1. ECON 1 (Introductory Microeconomics)
2. ECON 2 (Introductory Macroeconomics)
If the student has AP waivers for Econ 1 and 2, any two other Econ classes may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Economics Core.