Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Concentration

This is a high credit concentration for students interested in a program that explores the interdisciplinary connections between philosophy, political science, and economics.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing the BS in economics must complete the course work below, earning a minimum GPA of 2.00 overall in their ECON coursework.

◊ Concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

This is a high credit concentration for students interested in a program that explores the interdisciplinary connections between philosophy, political science, and economics.

Six required courses (18 credits) in economics

ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles Credits: 3 (fulfills the Mason Core requirement in social and behavioral science)

ECON 104 - Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles Credits: 3

ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 3

ECON 345 - Introduction to Econometrics Credits: 3

ECON 412 - Game Theory and Economics of Institutions Credits: 3

Two courses in statistics (6 credits)

Students choose one sequence:

STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I Credits: 3 and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II

or

STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I Credits: 3 and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II Credits: 3

 With departmental permission, BUS 210 - Business Analytics I and BUS 310 - Business Analytics II may also be substituted for the two required courses in statistics; however, a two-course sequence of STAT 250 - Introductory Statistics I  and STAT 350 - Introductory Statistics II OR STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I and STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II is highly recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in economics.

Three required courses in math and information technology (11 credits)

IT 104 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3 or CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming Credits: 4, or HNRS 353 - Technology in the Contemporary World Credits: 3 and MIS 102 - Spreadsheet Applications for Business Credits: 1

MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Credits: 4

MATH 114 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II Credits: 4

Six elective courses (18 credits)

Electives are chosen from courses in economics at the 300 and 400 level. ECON 385 may not be used to fulfill this requirement. If ECON 340 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics is chosen as an elective, students need not take the 4-credit course MATH 114; however, MATH 114 is strongly recommended for students considering graduate school in economics since it is required for admission to most graduate programs. An additional calculus course beyond MATH 114 is also advisable for students considering graduate study in economics.

Four courses in philosophy (12 credits)

PHIL 324/GOVT 324 - Modern Western Political Theory or PHIL 327/ GOVT 327 - Contemporary Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 357 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences Credits: 3 or PHIL 371 - Philosophy of Natural Sciences Credits: 3

PHIL 358 - Ethics and Economics Credits: 3

PHIL 411 - Theories of Decision Credits: 3

Four courses in public and international affairs (12 credits)

GOVT 103 - Introduction to American Government Credits: 3

GOVT 323 / PHIL 323 - Classical Western Political Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 422 - Constitutional Interpretation Credits: 3

GOVT 467 - Current Issues in Economic Policy Credits: 3

One capstone experience course (3 credits)

GOVT 469 or PHIL460/ECON 460 - Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Credits: 3

Total: 80 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in economics fulfill this requirement by successfully completing ECON 345, 355, 365, 435, or 470.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as “writing intensive” in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in economics fulfill this requirement by successfully completing ECON 345, 355, 365, 435, or 470.

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