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Major Requirements

Majors complete a departmental concentration concurrently with the core and area courses.

Students are encouraged to review sample paths to the PPEL major, keeping in mind that there are many other combinations of classes students may choose in order to complete it. Please note that some courses that students may wish to take to fulfill requirements towards the PPEL major have prerequisites. Students are responsible for fulfilling all prerequisites necessary for courses taken towards major requirements.

The Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law Major

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.0, with no course grade below a C- (1.7).

14-15 units, including

Core Courses

ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
PPEL 261 PPEL Seminar in Theory and Public Policy
PPEL 262 PPEL Seminar in Law and Social Order
PPEL 363 Rational Choice and Political Theory
PPEL 401 PPEL Capstone Seminar

Area Courses

One course in normative ethics
One course in normative political theory/political philosophy
One law-related course

Note: Area requirements can be fulfilled by courses in a variety of departments and schools. Majors should consult the PPEL website for an up to date list of approved courses. Exactly one area course may also count toward the 5 units within the primary concentration field.

Concentration

A required concentration chosen from Economics, Politics, or Philosophy including:

Five units selected from within the primary concentration field.
One unit from each of the other two concentration fields.

Notes:

Students may petition the coordinator to have a new course count as an area or concentration course.

No more than half of the courses satisfying the requirements of the major may be taken in a single department.

With the exception of Leadership Studies, no more than three courses that count toward the completion of another major may also count toward the PPEL major. No more than four courses that count toward the completion of a Leadership Studies major may also count toward the PPEL major.

Study abroad is strongly encouraged. Upon approval of the PPEL coordinator, relevant coursework abroad can substitute for PPEL major requirements with the exception of PPEL 261, PPEL 262, and PPEL 401.

Students seeking an exception to any of the major requirements must submit a petition to the PPEL Advisory Committee. No exceptions or substitutions will be made for the four core courses. Please see the PPEL coordinator for additional information. Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.