Thematic Concentrations

Students design a thematic concentration composed of challenging classes, allowing them to think deeply about interdisciplinary topics, building on the knowledge acquired in the Foundational and Core parts of the major. This affords the opportunity to create an area of interdisciplinary depth of focus within the major. We encourage student to pursue research in their theme – both through advanced research seminars and independent studies – which ideally provide the intellectual space to bring different disciplines together.

PPE's Thematic Concentrations

Guidelines for Developing your Theme

  • The theme provides a focus or concentration to your major. 

  • Theme classes must come from more than one discipline, typically from discplines like Econ, Pol Sci, Psych, and Phil.

  • Capstone Coureses -- AKA "Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminars" -- may count towards you theme. While you must take at least one Capstone course to graduate with a PPE degree, if you'd like to take more than one, this can count toward your thematic concentration.

  • Independent Studies can count towards your theme.