Philosophy, Politics and Economics: Distributive Justice, 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
Rigorous Reasoning (Pre Requirement)
Common Foundations
Philosophy Foundation:
PPE/PHIL 008The Social Contract1
Select 1 course unit in Philosophy Foundation1
Political Science Foundation:
Select 1 course unit in Political Theory1
Select 1 course unit in Political Science Foundation1
Economics Foundation:
ECON 001Introduction to Micro Economics1
ECON 002Introductory Economics: Macro1
Psychology Foundation:
PPE 153/PSYC 253Judgment and Decisions1
or PSYC 170 Social Psychology
Common Core
PPE 311Strategic Reasoning1
PPE 312Public Policy Process1
PPE 313Behavioral Economics and Psychology1
Distributive Justice Theme
Select 5 course units in Distributive Justice Theme5
Capstone Seminar
Select one of the following:1
Capstone: Social Policy
Capstone: Political Economy
Capstone: Networks
Capstone: Modeling
Capstone: Judgment and Decision Making
Capstone: Social Psychology
Capstone: Political Science
Capstone: Psychology
Capstone: Economics
Capstone: Philosophy
Total Course Units36


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 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.