Because the M.A. in PPE Program is a small, highly selective program, these requirements are flexible and can be tailored to an individual student’s needs by the program director.

The program of study is divided into two stages: undergraduate requirements to be completed before the end of the fourth year, and graduate requirements to be completed by the end of the fifth year.

Undergraduate requirements:

  1. Completion of a B.A. in one of the associated departments (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, or Global and International Studies)
  2. Six additional courses total – including at least two upper division courses – in the two areas that are not the student’s major.  The areas are Philosophy/Logic and Philosophy of Science, Economics, and Political Science/Global and International Studies
    1. A Philosophy major would need to take three courses in Economics (including one upper div) and three courses in Political Science/GIS (including one upper div)
    2. An Economics major would need to take three courses in Philosophy/LPS (including one upper div) and three courses in Political Science/GIS (including one upper div)
    3. A Political Science or GIS major would need to take three courses in Philosophy/LPS (including one upper div) and three courses in Economics (including one upper div)
  3. In addition, we strongly suggest students take some courses that will prepare them to deal with technical material, such as math and logic

Graduate requirements:

  1. Proseminar in PPE I, II, III
  2. Six graduate courses approved by the director of the PPE program, two of each area
  3. A final, oral defense in which the student and at least two PPE faculty members, including the PPE director, will discuss their work.  In preparation, the student will either submit
    1. an MA thesis to be completed over the course of the graduate year under faculty supervision, or,
    2. a final, term length paper/project

 

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