Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Minor

Department of Philosophy

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Caldwell Hall, 240 East Cameron Ave., CB# 3125

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Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, PPE Program Director

Kori Hensell, PPE Program Coordinator

Marc Lange, Chair

Mariska Leunissen, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Our world is shaped by a variety of formal and informal institutions that have a profound impact on our lives. Understanding how they work, appreciating their interactions, seeing their impact, and being able to assess their value are crucial. With this in mind, the philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) minor trains students to look beyond the borders of academic disciplines by offering them an integrated study of philosophy, politics, and economics.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The PPE minor requires five courses:

PHIL/POLI/ECON 384Gateway to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (gateway course)3
PHIL/POLI/ECON 698Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: Capstone Course (capstone seminar)3
One philosophy course chosen from:3
Virtue, Value, and Happiness: An Introduction to Moral Theory H
Practical Ethics: Moral Reasoning and How We Live H
Morality and Business
Bioethics H
Liberty, Rights, and Responsibilities: Introduction to Social Ethics and Political Thought H
The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense
Justice, Rights, and the Common Good: Philosophical Perspectives on Social and Economic Issues
Morality, Law, and Justice: Issues in Legal Philosophy H
Ethics and Economics
Authority, Freedom, and Rights: Advanced Political Philosophy
First-Year Seminar: Justice and Inequality H
Justice in Public Policy H
One political science course chosen from:3
Honors Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs
Introduction to Comparative Politics H
Classical Political Thought H
Modern Political Thought H
Strategy and Politics
Political Economy I: The Domestic System
International Political Economy
Social and Political Philosophy H
Problems of Modern Democratic Theory H
One economics course chosen from:3
Introduction to Economics H
Survey of the History of Economic Thought
Comparative Economic Systems
History of Economic Doctrines
Economics of Population
International Economics
Advanced Microeconomic Theory H
Advanced Game Theory in Economics H
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Please note that, although they are not listed above in the political science course section, HNRS 354 (Elements of Politics) and HNRS 470 (Commerce and Civilization) may count toward the politics core discipline of the PPE minor. A Tar Heel Tracker adjustment is required.

Detailed information is available on the program’s Web site.

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program offers extensive extracurricular programming including an active speakers series, intensive weekend seminars, and semester-long reading groups that meet once a week for eight weeks over dinner. See the PPE program Web site for details.