Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation with the bachelor of arts degree, each student enrolled in the program must meet the UW Tacoma scholastic standards (2.0 UW GPA), credits required (minimum 180) and the final-year residency requirement and complete the following program requirements:

  • Complete all general education requirements not met with transfer courses. See advisor for details.
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences course work. Some majors or concentrations may require more.
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits of upper-division course work, including transfer courses and UW Tacoma courses.
  • Complete 5 credits of English composition with a minimum 2.0 grade. This must be completed in a student’s first two quarters at UW Tacoma.
  • Complete the requirements for a major or concentration (minors are optional).
  • No more than 15 elective credits can be taken for a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grade. See advisor for details.
  • Complete at least 45 of last 60 credits in residence at the University of Washington Tacoma.
  • Meet with an advisor to complete a graduation application no later than the second week of the quarter in which the student plans to graduate.

Requires 65 credits total. Reminder: 45 upper-division credits and 45 credits of IAS courses are required for graduation from IAS.

Core Courses: 20 credits

Methods Courses : 10 credits

Capstone/Seminar Course: 5 credits

In addition to the above requirements, 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

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 below, as well as two additional classes from either the International or Economics options.

Economics Option

The 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 Law and Policy options.

International Studies Option

The 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 option of using up to 5 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.