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The minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (hereafter shortened to PPE) is designed to expose students to the practical problems of organizing and running human society. The minor stands at the confluence of three major fields of study –Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics – and combines elements of these into a coherent framework in which to address questions about the nature of citizenship and the role individuals can and must play in making critical decisions facing society.
Students pursuing the PPE minor are expected to develop the ability to read and listen critically, to reason analytically concerning questions of public policy (especially economic policy), to engage in thoughtful moral judgment, and to write and speak clearly. The minor combines the best of the three participating fields: confronting the ethical issues of philosophy, the policy questions of political science, and the quantitative analytical problems of economics.
Generally, students taking the PPE minor will be majoring in one of the three included disciplines: Philosophy, Political Science, or Economics, and the courses that can be used toward the PPE minor taken in the student’s major department may be used for both the major and the PPE minor. In other words, while the minor requires 9 courses (27 credits), students majoring in Philosophy, Political Science, or Economics will only need to take 6 courses (18 credits) outside the major.