Declaring the Major

Opening the EPE Major

The Ethics, Politics and Economics major will become an open major beginning for the class of 2024, while remaining a highly rigorous, largely seminar-based interdisciplinary major combining the three disciplines of philosophy, political science, and economics.   

Rather than applying to the major in the sophomore year as before, students must successfully complete eight prerequisite courses before gaining entry to EPE seminars.  These prerequistes must be successfully completed by their fifth term of enrollment.  The three Directed Studies courses will qualify as substitutes for three of those prerequisites: (1) Introduction to Political Philosophy, (2) Introduction to Ethics, and (3) one course on Other Perspectives (this could be from History or other disciplines, decided in consultation with the EPE DUS); Game Theory; Introductory Micro-economics; Introductory Macro-economics; Intermediate Micro-economics. Students who officially test out of Introductory Microeconomics or Introductory Macroeconomics (through the Economics Department) must take instead with the approval of the EP&E DUS, another higher-level course in Economics with introductory micro or macro as an explicit prerequisite .  The courses listed as prerequisites for completion of the EP&E major have been carefully selected because they provide students with a strong foundational knowledge across the disciplines that constitute the program. For this reason, EP&E students may not substitute courses other than those listed as prerequisite choices as they complete the program.

Students who have successfully completed the eight prerequisites may, upon confirmation with the EPE registrar, declare the EPE major (see below for details).    EPE majors may then take EPE seminars, including Classics of EPE, which along with Intermediate Economics and the eight other courses listed above are requirements for graduation.  EPE seminars are opportunities for advanced students in the major, having completed background courses, to apply inter-disciplinary thinking across a range of substantive areas.  EPE seniors write a one-semester or a year-long senior essay that puts the three disciplines in service of addressing a complex empirical or analytical problem. 

Students who started at Yale prior to fall 2019 (who are not current EP&E majors) must complete six of the eight prerequisites and get DUS approval before majoring in EP&E.  This involves sending their transcript indicating successful completion of six of the eight prerequisite courses to the EPE registrar (see below for details).  The remaining two prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation.

Please check here for the new EP&E requirements. 

To confirm registering for the EPE major, please complete this form, attach your latest Yale transcript and your course approval email(s) from the EPE DUS.  Email this information as one file to the EPE kellianne.farnham@yale.edu.  Once everything is approved, the Yale College Registrar’s Office will be asked to change your major to EPE.