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.

For spring 2019, first-year students can opt to take IDST 190.001 – Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, in lieu of the traditional Gateway. More information about this course can be found here. Students should be aware that after successful completion of the course they will need to have their Tar Heel Tracker adjusted to reflect participation in IDST 190.001 instead of the Gateway.


Philosophy Politics Economics

Virtue, Value, and Happiness: An Introduction to Moral Theory (160)*

Intro to Comparative Politics (130)*


Introduction to Economics (101)*


Practical Ethics (163)


Classical Political Thought (270)*

Introduction to the History of Economic Thought (234)


Morality and Business (164)

Modern Political Thought (271)*


Comparative Economic Systems (267)

Bioethics (165)*†


Strategy and Politics (288)


History of Economic Doctrines (434)*

Social Ethics & Political
Thought (170)*
Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs (PLCY 352H)

Economics of Population (454)

Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (272)*


Elements of Politics (HNRS 354)*


International Economics (460)*

Philosophical Perspectives on Justice (273)


Political Economy I: The Domestic System (401)


Advanced Microeconomic Theory (510)*

Morality and Law (280)†


International Political Economy (442)^


Game Theory in Economics (511)


Ethics and Economics (364)

Social and Political Philosophy (470)
Political Philosophy (370)*


Commerce and Civilization
(HNRS 470)
 FYS: Justice and Inequality (PLCY 71)‡


Problems of Modern Democratic Theory (472)*


Justice in Public Policy (PLCY 340)‡*


Capstone Seminar (Phil, Poli, Econ 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.


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, between Duke and UNC campuses for all UNC and Duke students. Students enrolled in a class at Duke are eligible for a free GoPass through UNC (though participating students must not simultaneously hold a parking permit). For details on obtaining the GoPass through the CAP (Commuter Alternative Program), please visit their website here

Please Note: The following courses count toward the PPE minor if taken prior to June 17, 2009: POLI 200, POLI 201, POLI 276, POLI 432, POLI 442, POLI 472. POLI 216 counts toward the PPE minor if taken prior to fall 2017. PHIL 89.002 and PHIL 89.003 count toward the PPE minor in place of PHIL/POLI/ECON 384 if taken in fall 2017 (Tar Heel Tracker adjustment required).

Please note: course offerings are subject to change; the most up-to-date course information may be found in ConnectCarolina

*Indicates courses offered spring 2019
†Indicates honors section offered spring 2019
‡Effective fall 2016, PLCY 71 and PLCY 340 may count toward the Philosophy core discipline of the PPE minor.
^Effective fall 2017, POLI 442 may count toward the Politics core discipline of the PPE minor.