Philosophy, Politics and Economics: Choice & Behavior, BA

Philosophy, Politics and Economics allows undergraduates to study a variety of comprehensive analytical frameworks that have been developed to understand and justify political and economic structures, particularly constitutional democracy and the market system. The program prepares its graduates for careers in public policy, public services, business, and law among others.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Select 1 course of Rigorous Reasoning (Pre Requirement)
Calculus, Part I
Calculus, Part II
Calculus, Part II with Probability and Matrices
Analytical Methods in Economics, Law, and Medicine
Formal Logic I
Logic and Formal Reasoning
CRIM 150
Statistics for Economists
Introduction to Data Science
Introduction to Sociological Research
Social Statistics
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Common Foundations
Philosophy Foundation
Select 1 course of Philosophy Foundation:1
Ethics
The Social Contract
Philosophy of Science
Biomedical Ethics
Business Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Environmental Ethics
Epistemology
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
Global Justice
Ethics & the Professions
Ethics in the Profession
Justice, Law and Morality
Political Science Foundation
Select 1 course of Political Theory1
Ancient Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
American Political Thought
Feminist Political Thought
Meaning of Democracy
Select 1 course of Political Science Foundation1
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Political Change in the "Third World"
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to International Relations
International Political Economy
Constitutional Law: Public Power & Civil Rights to 1912
American Constitutional Law II
Economics Foundation:
Introduction to Micro Economics
Introductory Economics: Macro
Psychology Foundation:
Social Psychology
Judgment and Decisions
Common Core
Strategic Reasoning
Public Policy Process
Behavioral Economics and Psychology
Choice & Behavior Theme
Select 5 courses in any theme5
For a description of each theme, including sample concentrations and courses, visit: https://ppe.sas.upenn.edu/study/curriculum/thematic-concentrations
Capstone Seminar
PPE's Capstone requirement may be filled by any course listed between PPE 470 and PPE 490. Select one of the following:1
Capstone: Social Policy
Capstone: Political Economy
Capstone: Networks
Capstone: Modeling
Capstone: Judgment and Decision Making
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Capstone: Social Psychology
Capstone: Political Science
Capstone: Psychology
Capstone: Economics
Capstone: Philosophy
Total Course Units29

Honors

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the major.

PPE 498Directed Honors Research1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.