Other Concentrations

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.

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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.

Required Courses in Economics
ECON 103 Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 3
ECON 104 Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 3
ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECON 345 Introduction to Econometrics 3
ECON 412 Game Theory and Economics of Institutions 3
Total Credits 18
Statistics 
Select one from the following: 1 6
STAT 250& STAT 350
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
and Introductory Statistics II
 
STAT 344& STAT 354
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II
 
Total Credits 6
1

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 (Mason Core) 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.

Required Courses in Math and Information Technology 
Select one from the following: 3-4
IT 104
Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)  
CS 112
Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)  
HNRS 353& MIS 102
Technology in the Contemporary World (Topic Varies) (Mason Core)
and Spreadsheet Applications for Business
 
MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) 4
MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 4
Total Credits 11-12
Electives 
Select 18 credits of electives in economics at the 300 and 400 level 1 18
Total Credits 18
1

ECON 385 International Economic Policy may no 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 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core); however, MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II is strongly recommended for students considering graduate school in economics since it is required for admission to most graduate programs. An additional calculus beyond MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) is also advisable for students considering graduate study in economics.

Philosophy 
PHIL/GOVT 324 Modern Western Political Theory 3
or PHIL/GOVT 327 Contemporary Western Political Theory
PHIL 357 Philosophy of the Social Sciences 3
or PHIL 371 Philosophy of Natural Sciences
PHIL 358 Ethics and Economics 3
PHIL 411 Theories of Decision 3
Total Credits 12
Public and International Affairs 
GOVT 103 Introduction to American Government (Mason Core) 3
GOVT/PHIL 323 Classical Western Political Theory 3
GOVT 422 Constitutional Interpretation 3
GOVT 467 Current Issues in Economic Policy 3
Total Credits 12
Capstone Experience Course
GOVT 469 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics 3
or PHIL/ECON 460 Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Total Credits 3

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:

Select one from the following: 3
Introduction to Econometrics  
The Political Economy of Nonprofit Institutions  
Topics in Economic History  
Economics of Energy  
Economics of Regulation  
Total Credits 3

Upper Level Requirements

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

Additional Electives

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

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements  
Written Communication (ENGH 101) 3
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology and Computing 3
Exploration Requirements  
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Integration Requirements  
Written Communications (ENGH 302) 3
Writing-Intensive 1 3
Synthesis/Capstone 2 3
Total Credits 40
1

Most programs include the writing-intensive course designated for the major as part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for Mason Core.

2

Minimum 3 credits required.

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.