Common Foundations

The common foundations ensure every PPE student has a basic overview of principles in each of the allied disciplines. These courses serve as the intellectual backdrop for the integrating Core Courses and area of depth developed in the thematic concentration. For example, a globalization student may begin with PHIL 271 (Global Justice) and PSCI 152 (International Political Economy) where a Public Policy and Governance student may take PHIL 077 (Philosophy of Law) and PSCI 271 (Constitutional Law). Though the foundation courses do not have to relate to your theme, this is a good time to explore your interests.

The student needs to take 7 classes, two each in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and one in Psychology. To ensure you have broad exposure to the major, we recommend completing the common foundations by the end of the sophomore year.

 

PPE Common Foundations - Fall 2020


Philosophy Foundation

PHIL 008: The Social Contract

 

Philosophy Foundation (choose 1)

PHIL 002: Ethics

PHIL 040: Machine Fairness

PHIL 072: Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 077: Philosophy of Law

PHIL 079: Environmental Ethics

PHIL 277: Justice, Law, and Morality

PHIL 472: Survey of Ethical Theory

PHIL 479: Modern Political Philosophy


Political Science Theory Foundation (choose 1)

PSCI 180: Ancient Political Thought

PSCI 181: Modern Political Thought

PSCI 183: American Political Thought

 

Political Science Foundation (choose 1)

PSCI 110: Comparative Politics

PSCI 150: International Relations

PSCI 152: International Political Economy

PSCI 271: Constitutional Law


Economics

ECON 001: Microeconomics

ECON 002: Macroeconomics

see ppe policies or below if you have a waiver


Psychology Foundation (choose 1)

PSYC 170: Social Psychology

PSYC 253: Judgments and Decisions


 

Courses Approved for Common Foundations (not all of these are offered every semester)

Philosophy

Philosophy Foundation

PHIL 008: The Social Contract

 

Philosophy Foundation (Choose 1):

PHIL 002: Ethics

PHIL 012: Introduction to Moral Philosophy

PHIL 025: Philosophy of Science

PHIL 072: Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 074: Business Ethics

PHIL 077: Philosophy of Law

PHIL 079: Environmental Ethics

PHIL 233: Philosophy of Economics

PHIL 277: Justice, Law and Morality

PHIL 279: Contemporary Political Philosophy

LGST 226: Markets, Morality and Capitalism

 

Political Science

Political Science Theory Foundation (Choose 1):

PSCI 180: Ancient Political Thought

PSCI 181: Modern Political Thought

PSCI 182: Contemporary Political Theory

PSCI 183: American Political Thought

 

Political Science Foundation (Choose 1):

PSCI 110: Intro to Comparative Politics

PSCI 130: Intro to American Politics

PSCI 150: Intro to International Relations

PSCI 152: International Political Economy

PSCI 271: American Constitutional Law

PSCI 272: American Constitutional Law II

 

Economics

Economics Foundations

ECON 1: Introductory Microeconomics

ECON 2: Introductory Macroeconomics

If the student has AP waivers for Econ 1 and 2, any two other Econ classes may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Economics Foundation. If the student is in Wharton, and plans to take Econ 10, then this class may be used in lieu of Econ 1 and any second class in the Econ department may be used for Econ 2.

 

Psychology

Psychology Foundation (Choose 1):

PSYC 170: Social Psychology

PSYC 253: Judgments and Decisions

PSYC 272: Evolutionary Psychology