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

Program Overview

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E) offers an innovative curriculum for students drawn to interdisciplinary approaches and diverse frameworks for understanding social phenomenon. PP&E majors take a shared set of introductory courses, then choose from three specializations: Politics and Philosophy, Economics or International Studies.

The PP&E major consists of 65 total credits:

  • Core courses (20 credits)
  • Methods (10 credits)
  • Specialization (30 credits)
  • Capstone (5 credits)
In addition to the coursework required for the major, students are required to complete general university requirements and electives, and to bring their total number of credits to 180.

Capstone Requirement

Toward the end of their studies, all PP&E students engage in a capstone class. Some students take a seminar class, while others choose to do an internship. As a PP&E student, you also have the option of graduating with honors. This route is especially recommended for students expecting to enter graduate school. For more information on graduating with honors, speak with your advisor or view the application requirementsPlease note that you must submit your application AFTER you have completed all requirements, unless you are completing one or more requirements in your final quarter.

Career Options

Students in this major are prepared for careers in government, law, public agencies, business, nonprofit management, diplomacy, community work or journalism.

The PP&E major also prepares students for advanced studies in law, journalism, international relations, public policy, international development, and other social sciences.

 Politics, Philosophy and Economics Degree Requirements

Politics, Philosophy and Economics transfer student information

You might be able to fulfill some of the Law and Policy major requirements with coursework taken elsewhere.

Many colleges offer 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 completing the PP&E major. 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.

Courses that will fulfill specific requirements in the PP&E major  
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
   
HIGHLINE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
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
   
OLYMPIC COLLEGE COURSES 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
   
PIERCE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
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
   
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
   
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
   
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 must specialize in either Politics and Philosophy, Economics, or International Studies. All majors are required to complete their degree by participating in a capstone class.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics specialization requirements (30 credits)

In addition to the above requirements, PP&E students choose between three options for their major specialization: Politics and Philosophy, Economics and International Studies.

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.

List D: Politics and Philosophy Option Electives

(*denotes courses restricted to Global Honors students)

 

 

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 F: International Studies Option Electives

(*denotes courses restricted to Global Honors students)

 

 

For questions about the PP&E major, contact advisors Heather Hucks or Suzanne McCusker.

 Additional courses may be approved and added to courses lists to provide students more flexibility and options.
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