Concentration Requirements

The concentration consists of 12 courses. At least 16 credits must be taken in residence. No course will count toward the concentration unless the student receives a grade of Cā€” or better.

Courses must be distributed as follows:

1. PPE Core Courses:

  • Economics: ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Gateway: PPE 300: Introduction to Political Economy
  • Capstone: PPE 400: Senior Seminar in Political Economy (Honors students take PPE 401-2 instead)

2. Core Distribution Requirements

PPE integrates normative inquiry and formal analytical tools with the substantive study of politics and economics. The PPE concentration therefore requires two courses each in normative theory, political economy, and formal methods.

Themes: three additional courses (or two additional courses plus the Honors thesis sequence for Honors students) in a single theme in political economy. At least two of these courses must be at the 400-level, and two must come from distinct academic disciplines. PPE students are advised to start planning their themes as soon as they are admitted to the concentration.

Students will devise a plan for advanced study focusing on a single theme in political economy, which may be normative, methodological, theoretical, or applied. Each student will write up a rationale for their theme in consultation with their PPE advisor and submit it to their advisor for approval. Possible themes could include advanced studies in any of the core areas, or focus on particular subjects/methods ā€“ for example, decision-making & strategic interaction, globalization, justice & equality, or comparative political economy.

Courses listed under the core requirements may be used to satisfy the theme requirement as long as they are not also being used to satisfy the core requirement.

The PPE committee will recommend courses for the theme requirement and post those to the PPE website. Students may propose courses not on the list that make a coherent fit with their theme. PPE advisors are authorized to approve such courses for the theme requirement.

Non-Honors students would follow their theme with the capstone seminar.