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At UNC, the PPE Program requires five core courses for the minor, consisting of the Gateway course, one course from the table below in each of the core disciplines, and the Capstone seminar:

Gateway Course – Introduction to PPE (Phil, Poli, Econ 384)*

The Gateway course provides an introduction to the quantitative techniques, conceptual tools, and core principles of philosophy, political science, and economics. The course clarifies the similarities and differences between the philosophical, political, and economic approaches, and the limitations of each if considered individually. This enhances the understanding of each discipline, its conclusions, and the ways the disciplines can enrich and complement each other.

Philosophy Politics Economics
Introduction to Ethics (160)* Intro to Comparative Politics (130) Introduction to Economics (101)
Practical Ethics (163)* Constitutional Democracy (216) Introduction to the History of Economic Thought (234)
Morality and Business (164) Classical Political Thought (270) Comparative Economic Systems (267)
Bioethics (165) Modern Political Thought (271) History of Economic Doctrines (434)
Social Ethics & Political Thought (170)* Strategy and Politics (288) Economics of Population (454)
Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (272)* Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs (PLCY 352H) International Economics (460)
Justice (273)* Elements of Politics (Honors 354) Advanced Microeconomic Theory (510)
Morality and Law (280) Political Economy I: The Domestic System (401) Game Theory in Economics (511)
Ethics and Economics (364) International Political Economy (442)
Political Philosophy (370) Social and Political Philosophy (470)
Commerce and Civilization (Honors 470)
Problems of Modern Democratic Theory (472)

Capstone Seminar (Phil 698)*

The Capstone seminar addresses advanced issues at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics. It focuses on specific topics such as rights, taxation, globalization, etc.

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Honors sections of any of the above course numbers likewise count towards the PPE minor.

Two of the five courses may also count as credit toward the major in each of the three participating departments, or, indeed, others, subject to the approval of the department granting that major.

The two core courses of the PPE Program (Gateway course and Capstone seminar) are usually co-convened with Duke University, with the class meeting half the semester at Duke and half the semester at UNC. Please keep this in mind when enrolling and allow for travel time. The Robertson Scholar Express Bus offers transportation, for a small charge, between Duke and UNC campuses for all UNC and Duke students.

Please Note: The following courses count towards the PPE minor if taken prior to June 17, 2009: POLI 200, POLI 201, POLI 276, POLI 432, POLI 442, POLI 472.

Effective fall 2016, PLCY 71 and PLCY 340 may count toward the Philosophy core discipline of the PPE minor.

*Indicates courses offered fall 2017
†Indicates honors section offered fall 2017
PLEASE NOTE: course offerings are subject to change;
the most up-to-date course information may be found in ConnectCarolina