The PPEL Minor

Already have a major but still interested in the deep social and political questions of our time? The Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law Minor is designed for you!

The PPEL Minor consists of 21 credit hours (usually 7 courses).  

You will begin your studies with PHIL/PPEL 2240: Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, which will provide an integrated overview of the empirical and political questions that are raised by topics like the role of government in society and the proper organization of the economy. You will also be introduced to different political and economic systems of thought and methods of analysis.

Students must then complete one course in each of the major disciplines (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics) as laid out in 'Requirements'.

Students may then choose from a variety of classes in the three disciplines to complete as electives (usually 2-4 courses).

All PPEL Majors and Minors complete their studies with PPEL4800: The Senior Capstone.

All students minoring in PPEL are required to take the following two courses:

  • PPEL 2240/PHIL 2240: Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
  • PPEL 4800: Senior Capstone

PPEL Minors are also required to take the following courses, if not taken to meet the requirements of their major:

  • PHIL 3020: Ethical Theory; or PHIL 3120: Social & Political Philosophy
  • ECON 2000: Introduction to Economics; or ECON 2020: Principles of Microeconomics
  • At least one Political Science course from the list available under the 'Political Science' tab

Students may select from the following elective philosophy courses, if not already completed as part of their major or other minor requirements:

  • PHIL 2180: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 2200: Business Ethics
  • PHIL 2320: Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 2420: Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 3020: Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 3120: Social & Political Philosophy

Students may select from the following elective political science courses, if not already completed as part of their major or other minor requirements:

*Note: At least one course from this list must be taken to satisfy minor requirements*

  • POLS 3040: American Political Thought
  • POLS 3720: Contemporary World Politics
  • POLS 4160: Constitutional Law: Powers & Relationships
  • POLS 4170: Constitutional Law: Procedural Rights
  • POLS 4180: Constitutional Law: Substantive Rights
  • POLS 4200: Administrative Law
  • POLS 4240: Supreme court and Contemporary Issues
  • POLS 4260: Law & Society
  • POLS 4760: International Political Economy

Students may select from the following elective economics courses, if not already completed as part of their major or other minor requirements:

  • ECON 3210: Labor Economics
  • ECON 3230: Poverty and Discrimination
  • ECON 3350: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 4050: Game Theory
  • ECON 4220: Labor Relations Policy
  • ECON 4730: HIstory of Economic Thought