This is a theme for students interested in applied ethics, particularly professional ethics.
When choosing courses to develop your theme, please keep the following in mind:
- The classes below are examples of classes that may be approved for use in this theme.
- The five thematic courses you choose should coherently work together to complement one another when possible.
- No more than two classes taken from outside the School of Arts and Sciences can count towards your PPE major.
- You may take more than one capstone seminar counting the additional capstones towards your theme courses.
- Theme courses are your advanced courses in the major. Consult with the PPE Associate Director if you think a lower level course is appropriate for your major, though we recommend you take these courses to fulfill sector requirements.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list; other courses offered by the University may be perfect for the development of your theme. Each semester you should look for relevant courses offered in the core disciplines, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, and Psychology, as well as others that may develop your theme. The links below provide easy access to courses offered in some related disciplines, but please search beyond these for relevant theme courses! If you find a relevant course not listed below, you may petition to include the course in your theme with the PPE Associate Director's approval. Successful petitions will articulate how the course directly contributes to the way you are developing your PPE theme.
- Wharton: Health Care Management (HCMG)
- Wharton: Legal Studies and Business Ethics (LGST)
- Perelman School of Medicine: Medical Ethics and Health Policy (BIOE)
- Penn Law (PPE students can enroll by permission of instructor
- Penn Law Master's Program (courses open to PPE students)
- School of Nursing
- and more...
Ethics and the Professions majors may be particularly interested in events hosted by the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Speaker Series, the Neuroethics Public Talks, or the Penn Bioethics Seminars.
Sample Classes that Count Toward Ethics and the Professions:
COMM 377: Philosophical Problems of Journalism
ECON 036: Law and Economics
ECON 039: Medical Economics
ECON 236: Health Economics
ENVS 204: Global Climate Change
ENVS 406: Community Based Responses to Health
PHIL 071: Animal Ethics
PHIL 072: Bioethics
PHIL 073: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 249: Philosophy of Education
PHIL 272: Ethics and the Professions
PHIL 273: Ethics in the Professions
PHIL 372: Topics in Ethics
PHIL 472: Survey of Ethical Theory
PHIL 572: Contemporary Ethics
PPE 298: PPE Study Abroad
PPE 401: Independent Study
PPE 498: Honors Thesis
PSCI 221: Comparative Health Politics
STSC 428: Genetics and Social Policy
Non-College Courses (Maximum of 2 may count towards your PPE major)
LGST 101: Law and Social Values
LGST 212: Economic Analysis of Law
BIOE 282: Professional Ethics
BIOE 550: Bioethics and Society: Food Ethics
BIOE 570: Bioethics and Policy
BIOE 555: Technology and Bioethics
BIOE 558: Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health
BIOE 570: Ethics of Public Health
BIOE 572: Global Bioethics
BIOE 575: Health Policy
BIOE 590: Mental Health Ethics
BIOE 601: Intro to Bioethics
HCMG 204: Comparative Healthcare Systems
HCMG 211: Law of Healthcare in America
HCMG 212: Health Care Quality and Outcomes
LAW 555: Professional Responsibility
LGST 100: Ethics and Social Responsibility
LGST 215: Environmental Management Law and Policy
LGST 220: International Business Ethics
MGMT 246: Social Innovation and Social Enterprise
MKTG 266: Marketing for Social Impact
NURS 330: Health Care Ethics