The PPE Curriculum

Mason's PPE program is a concentration, meaning that it is something students pursue within the context of a traditional major. There are four options: the BA in Philosophy, the BA in Government and International Politics, the BA in Economics, and the BS in Economics

No matter what a student's major, the PPE program is structured in the same way. It combines traditional courses in each of the three disciplines with a set of core courses that cover topics in the intersection of philosophy, political science, and economics, and which adopt a robustly interdisciplinary approach. The program culminates in a capstone course that integrates insights from the entire program.

  Capstone Seminar  
Advanced Topics in Social and Political Philosophy Current Issues in Economic Policy Game Theory and Economics of Institutions, or Public Choice, of Law and Economics, of Austrian Economics
Philosophy of Law, or Ethics and Economics Constitutional Interpretation Intermediate Microeconomics
Modern or Contemporary Political Theory Classical Political Theory Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles
Philosophy of the Natural or Social Sciences Introduction to American Government Contemporary Microeconomic Principles