Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Note: PP&E major students cannot minor in Politics, Economics or Law and Policy.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics offers an innovative curriculum for students drawn to interdisciplinary approaches and diverse frameworks for understanding social phenomenon.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics majors choose to specialize in Politics and Philosophy, Economics or International Studies. The Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree requirements can help you decide which courses are required for your specialization.

Toward the end of their studies, all Politics, Philosophy and Economics students engage in a capstone class. Some students take a seminar class, while others choose to do an internship. Students majoring in Politics, Philosophy and Economics also have the option of graduating with honors. This route is especially recommended for students expecting to enter graduate school. For more information, speak with your advisor or view the application.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics student learning outcomes

  • Students will develop a more thorough knowledge of social institutions through focused engagement with both contemporary and enduring social issues.
  • Students will strengthen their analytical skills.
  • Students will develop their ability to write with style and precision.
  • Students will become more competent with quantitative analysis.
  • Students will develop their ethical and logical reasoning.
  • And students will learn to synthesize and evaluate information through an application of knowledge and methods across different disciplines.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics transfer student information

If you are wondering how you might fulfill some of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics major requirements with coursework taken elsewhere, please review the grid below which we prepared for seven local community colleges.

All colleges offer a number of courses that can be used to earn credits toward your Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree. This means that you can arrive at UW Tacoma well on your way to majoring in TPPE. Please see an advisor at your community college to find out more about the articulation agreement and requirements or contact UW Tacoma's Politics, Philosophy and Economics advisors Heather Hucks or Suzanne McCusker, or the PPE major coordinator, Associate Professor Katie Baird.

Green River Community College

GREEN RIVER COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 110 Social and Political Philosophy TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Highline Community College

HIGHLINE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 201 Intro to Political Theory TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 Introduction to International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Olympic College

OLYMPIC COURSE WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 101 Intro to Political Science or
POLS 201 Intro to Political Theory
TPOLS 201 Introduction to Political Values and Ideas
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Pierce College

PIERCE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Seattle Central Community College

SEATTLE CENTRAL COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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South Puget Sound Community College

SOUTH PUGET SOUND COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Tacoma Community College

TACOMA COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN PP&E
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science TPOLS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
ECON 201 Microeconomics TECON 200/TBECON 220 Microeconomics
ECON 202 Macroeconomics TECON 201/TBECON 221 Macroeconomics

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Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree requirements

All Politics, Philosophy and Economics students take introductory classes in economics, politics and philosophy, after which they specialize in either Politics and Philosophy, Economics or International Studies. All majors complete their degree by participating in a capstone class.

For more information, contact advisors Heather Hucks or Suzanne McCusker.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics course lists

Core courses (20 credits)

Methods list (10 credits)

Capstone/Seminar list (5 credits)

Politics, Philosophy and Economics options requirements

In addition to the above requirements, PP&E students choose between one of three separate options: Politics and Philosophy, Economics and International Studies, each of which allows you to specialize in a particular area.

Politics and Philosophy Option combines political science with philosophy, sociology, history, economics and policy studies. It provides an in-depth study of political theory, political and social interactions, relations between states and capital and the history of relationships between governments and citizens. The program also aims to develop skills needed for an informed and effective citizenship. To fulfill this option, you must take four classes from the list of Politics and Philosophy option classes, as well as two additional classes from either the Economics or International Studies options.

Economics Option emphasizes economic theory and reasoning. It provides a solid foundation for understanding how the interplay of economics and politics shape our everyday lives. Particular emphasis is placed on analytical and critical thinking skills and problem solving. To fulfill this option, you must take four classes from the list of Economics option classes, as well as two additional classes from either the Politics and Philosophy or International Studies options.

International Studies Option focuses on the study of relations between states, domestic groups and transnational actors from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes politics, philosophy, history and economics. Students gain the background knowledge and skills necessary to understand the sources of conflict, cooperation and peace in the global arena. To fulfill this option, you must take four classes from the International Studies option list, with the choice of using up to five credits from a study abroad course or one third quarter or higher language course as one of the four option classes. Two additional classes from either the Politics and Philosophy or Economics options are also required.

List D: Politics and Philosophy Option Electives

(*denotes courses restricted to Global Honors students)

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List E: Economics Option Electives

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List F: International Studies Option Electives

(*denotes courses restricted to Global Honors students)

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 Additional courses may be approved and added to courses lists to provide students more flexibility and options.
Please refer to this page often for the most up-to-date information.

To request changes to this page, please contact Kelly Kledzik at kellyk6@uw.edu.