Jun 29, 2022  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
    
USC Catalogue 2022-2023

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (BA)


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This demanding major trains students in political economy, grounding their study in the historical, conceptual and moral foundations of our shared political and economic lives. The interdisciplinary major allows students to trace interconnections between political, economic and legal issues within a range of broader humanistic concerns. It also fosters the development of logical, quantitative and analytic skills needed for clear thinking and effective communication, leaving students with a wide range of options for further, more specialized study or careers in law, politics or economics. 

The major requires eleven courses including an introductory lower-division course, a final capstone seminar and a range of further courses in the three disciplines. 

Logic Course


Students must complete one of the following courses. 

Lower-Division Political Science Recommendation


One lower-division POSC course is strongly recommended before taking any upper-division POSC courses. 

Philosophy Gateway Course


Completing a gateway course is recommended prior to enrolling in any 400-level Philosophy course. This course will count toward the upper-division Philosophy requirements.

Philosophy of Economics, Political or Legal Philosophy


Students must complete one of the following courses.

History of Philosophy, Politics and Economics


Students must complete one of the following courses. 

Moral Philosophy


Students must complete one of the following courses. 

Upper-Division Political Science


Students must complete two of the following courses. 

Economics


Students must complete the following two courses in economics. 

Capstone Course


Students must complete the following capstone course. In semesters when the capstone course is not offered, students may enroll in an acceptable course equivalent with departmental approval. 

Note:


Eligibility to graduate with departmental honors distinction requires completion of all required major courses with a minimum 3.5 GPA in upper division Philosophy coursework, in addition to completing PHIL 495 Honors Capstone. In semesters when PHIL 495 is not offered, students may enroll in PHIL 494 Senior Thesis. Enrollment in either PHIL 494 or PHIL495 is open to senior standing students only and prior completion of at least two 400-level Philosophy courses is highly recommended.  

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