MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
Kevin Honeycutt, Director/Associate Professor of Philosophy
The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of topics, texts, and concerns that exist at the intersection of these three fields (e.g., theories of justice, rights, freedom, individual liberty, property, etc.) The program creates an intentional constellation of courses in these three disciplines that is designed to enrich students’ experience of each discipline and offer a breadth of study not available in any one disciplinary major.
Besides providing a framework within which students interested in these three disciplines can develop a sense of their interrelations, the program facilitates the development of a better perspective of the boundaries and scope of these disciplinary approaches. For example, in economics coursework a student will learn the principles of markets and how they display the effects of various incentive structures. The same student, in her political science coursework, will begin to understand the political context in which such markets operate. And, from philosophy, the PPE student will learn some of the long, rich tradition of theories that ground both political and economic approaches to understanding the human condition, as well as explore the ethical implications of political and economic action.
Majors may attain Departmental Honors in PPE by meeting the following requirements: (1) maintain an overall 3.50 grade point average in courses in the major; (2) earn a B or higher in PHI 314, ECN 450, and one course from POL 373, 377, 378, and 379; (3) have the senior essay evaluated as “excellent” by all members of the thesis committee. 
Successful completion of the PPE major leads to a B.A. degree.
Major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
43-45 semester credit hours
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
Foundations: 9 hours
PHI 230. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
POL 200. Introduction to Political Theory
ECN 150. Principles of Microeconomics
Philosophy: 9 hours
PHI 311. Ancient Greek Philosophy
PHI 314. Early Modern Philosophy
One additional PHI course
Politics: 9 hours
One course from:
POL 101. Introduction to American Government
POL 253. Introduction to International Relations
One course from:
POL 373. American Political Thought
POL 377. Classical Political Thought
POL 378. Modern Political Thought
POL 379. Contemporary Political Thought
One additional POL course at the 300-level or above
Economics: 9 hours
ECN 151. Principles of Macroeconomics
ECN 450. The Economic and Moral Foundations of Capitalism
One additional ECN course at the 300-level or above
Methods: 3 hours
One course from:
PHI 180 Logic
POL 295. Introduction to Political Science Research
STA 126. Statistics
Research: 4-6 hours
PHI 301. Junior Seminar
PHI 401. Senior Seminar
One course from:
PHI 302. Thesis Research and Development
POL 496. Directed Independent Research
ECN 478. Research in Economics: (Subtitle)
Senior Essay
On a topic approved by the PPE Director and based on choice of research course: PHI 302, POL 496, or ECN 478. When beginning research on their topic, students will form, in consultation with the PPE Director, a thesis committee of three faculty members with the official thesis advisor being the instructor of the research course above.