Applying to 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 will complete seven of the eight required prerequisite courses before gaining entry to EPE seminars: Directed Studies or Introduction to Political Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, and 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 course in Economics or a course in another department that deals with important economic issues.

Students who have successfully completed seven prerequisites may, upon confirmation with the EPE registrar, register for the EPE major.  The remaining prerequisite must be completed prior to graduation.  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 in the Classes of 2021-2023 (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.  The remaining two prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation.

Please check here for the new EP&E requirements.