The Philosophy, Politics, and, Economics (PPE) major offers students the chance to integrate several disciplinary perspectives, all of which are crucial to a complete understanding of contemporary public life. Students will discover the ways in which ethical, political, and economic factors intersect and they will learn how to draw upon the different disciplinary tools of analysis to arrive at a more complete picture of contemporary phenomena: how does a competitive market system shape our understanding of ourselves as human beings and political actors? How do our economic, political, and legal orders interact to affect the distribution or redistribution of material resources, labor power, political rights and duties, or forms of recognition and honor? Are mechanisms of decision-making in our political and economic institutions complementary or conflictual? What different forms do justice, equality, responsibility, and liberty take in various economic, political, and legal institutions?
Structure of the Major
The capstone seminar and research project offers the PPE major the ability to apply the interdisciplinary set of skills acquired through coursework to a single problem to produce a substantial piece of research integrating philosophy, politics, and economics. The seminar will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to negotiate and criticize relevant secondary literature, to take a stance on an issue, to defend it against possible counter- arguments, to incorporate a number of different qualitative and quantitative methods into their research design, and to present research persuasively in written and oral form. These goals will be achieved through a variety of research presentations the capstone seminar. In addition, students may be able to incorporate an internship as part of their research project.