Core classes exist to 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 the PPE disciplines of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. The classes taken in the common core are independent of which 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 any 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 the students take them by the end of the junior year.
Note: Either PHIL 8 or PSCI 181 must be taken. Of course, both may be taken as well. If the student has taken one, the set of possible substitutions for the other is mentioned below.
1. PHIL/PPE 8 (The Social Contract) or suitable substitution (see list below).
2. Philosophy Core Elective. The set of choices are:
PPE 226: Markets, Morality and Capitalism, PPE 271: Global Justice, PPE 272: Ethics and the Professions, Phil 2: Ethics, Phil 3: History of Ancient Philosophy, Phil 4: History of Modern Philosophy, Phil 5: Logic I, Phil 12: Justice, Law and Morality, Phil 16 or 25: Philosophy of Science, Phil 24: Philosophy of Biology, Phil 28: Introduction to Feminist Philosophy, Phil 32: Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, Phil 44: Intro to Cognitive Science, Phil 72: Biomedical Ethics, Phil 76: Political Philosophy, Phil 77: Philosophy of Law, Phil 79: Environmental Ethics.
These courses can be substituted with any other philosophy-based course (at the discretion of PPE advisors) or any other 200- level Philosophy course.
Political Science Core
1. PSCI 181: Modern Political Thought. If PHIL 8 has been taken, this may be substituted with any of the following courses: PSCI 180: Ancient Political Thought, PSCI 181 Modern Political Thought, PSCI 182: Contemporary Political Theory, PSCI 183: American Political Thought, PSCI 186: Money & Markets, PSCI 234: Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, PSCI 258: Human Rights, PSCI 271 Constitutional Law, PSCI 280: Feminist Political Thought, PSCI 284: Islamic Political Thought, PSCI 285: Principles of the American Founding, PSCI 475: Political Theory and Public Policy, PSCI 482: Political Judgment, PSCI 509: American Federal System, PSCI 510: Electoral Systems, PSCI 580: Contemporary Political Philosophy, PSCI 581: The Political Philosophy of Liberalism, PSCI 582: Democracy and Political Philosophy, PSCI 583: American Political Thought, PSCI 586: Justice.
2. PSCI Core elective. (PSCI 1 or any PSCI 100 level or higher course course).
For all those declaring after 2006-7 the PSCI core is as follows:
1. PSCI 181: Modern Political Thought. If PHIL 8 has been taken, this may be substituted with any 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; PSCI 130: Intro to American Politics; PSCI 150: International Relations Theory and Practice; PSCI 234: Civil Rights, Civil Liberties; PSCI 280: Feminist Political Thought; and PSCI 284: Islamic Political Thought.
1. ECON 1: Introductory Microeconomics
2. ECON 2: Introductory Macroeconomics
If the student has AP credit for Econ 1 and 2, any two other Econ classes may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Economics Core.