The P.P.E. curriculum consists of 15 credit hours usually distributed over four semesters, as follows:

  • The Justice Seminar (cross-listed in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics), an intensive 3-credit hour seminar that is the gateway to the minor, taken in the fall semester of sophomore or junior year. (3 credit-hours)
  • Three 1-credit PPE Colloquia, each devoted either to the critical reading and discussion of one or two major works or to a group project on some contemporary issue(s). The colloquia are normally taken in the three semesters following the Justice Seminar. Special arrangements can sometimes be made for students who wish to participate in a colloquium while studying abroad. (3 credit-hours in toto)
  • Three approved 3-credit courses from the two fields outside the student’s first major, with at least one course in both non-major fields. (9 credit-hours in toto)

    Total credit-hours: 15

P.P.E. students are also encouraged (but not required) to write senior theses in their majors that reflect the interdisciplinary focus of the program.

Two informational meetings about the PPE minor are held each academic year, one in mid-November and the other in late March, with applications for the minor normally due early in April.  Decisions are emailed to applicants by by approximately April 10; successful applicants will therefore be notified of their acceptance into the Program in time to DART into the appropriate fall classes. 

The spring 2017 PPE application is here.  (NOTE: Applicants need to download the PDF and open it in Adobe Reader before you fill it out.  But if all goes well, they are able to complete the form and submit it without having to print and scan it.  If the "submit" function fails, applicants can save the completed form and email it to Professor Weithman as an attachment.)