PEPP Certificate

The Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics (PEPP) Certificate is rooted in a core insight: social, economic, and political problems have ethical, political, and economic dimensions. While the first program (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, or PPE) formally combining these three approaches was created at Oxford University in 1920, it drew on a tradition of inquiry that brought the three perspectives together. Since its creation at Oxford, similar programs have been created at a wide range of the world’s leading universities.

If we move from the insight behind the program to what it means in practice, we can see that understanding, for example, immigration requires understanding it from political, economic, and ethical perspectives. In short, understanding the pressing political, economic, or philosophical problems of the day entails seeing them from a perspective that brings together all three disciplines. As a result, the PEPP curriculum brings together faculty and coursework from three different academic departments: Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science. This cross-disciplinary curriculum is important not just for intellectual development, but also for fostering the habits of mind central to democratic citizenship.

Students who enroll in the PEPP Certificate will thus take coursework from Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy, and the Certificate program will culminate in a small-enrollment, research and writing oriented capstone seminar, Political Science 461. Combining breadth across the three disciplines with depth within two of the three, the PEPP Certificate is a rigorous and exciting opportunity for cross-disciplinary study. Click here to view requirements. 

PEPP Certificate Declaration Form

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM MORE THAN ONCE. Certificate declaration processing may take up to two weeks to complete. Multiple submission of this form may cause delays.

  • If you have declared another major with a department other than L&S please indicate the major(s) and college.
  • Briefly describe the reason why you would like to cancel or revise your Political Science declaration.
  • By completing this section, you are agreeing that the information is accurate to the best of your knowledge. You are also confirming that your major declaration is subject to the approval of a Political Science advisor.