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.
Students in this major are prepared for careers in:
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
Note: Students majoring in PP&E cannot minor in Politics, Economics, or Law and Policy.
All PP&E 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.
Core and Methods Requirements
CORE COURSES (20 CREDITS)
At least one class from each of the following three lists, for a total of 20 credits:
PP&E students choose between three options for their major specialization: Politics and Philosophy, Economics, and International Studies.
POLITICS AND PHILOSOPHY OPTION ELECTIVES
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.
Toward the end of their studies, all PP&E students engage in a capstone class. You must complete the below seminar for your final five (5) credits in this major. This course will be your culminating work for your major and illustrate that you have met the student learning objectives.
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.
Many community 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 college to find out more about the articulation agreement and requirements, or you may contact UW Tacoma's PP&E advisor, Heather Hucks.
Courses that will fulfill specific requirements in the PP&E major