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Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)

The PPE program is intended as a high-quality, challenging and selective program that prepares students for professional and graduate programs and leadership roles in domestic or international politics, law, public policy, economics and business.

The PPE program at Western University has its roots in the 100-year old program at Oxford University that has created generations of leaders in business, government and the media.

Choose the program that's right for you

Choose from one of two program streams to suit your interests:

What will you learn?

Students will gain a base of knowledge in all three disciplines by taking introductory (1000-level) and intermediate (2000-level) courses in all three disciplines.

In the third and fourth years students choose among elective courses in the three disciplines and gain skills in research methods.

Enrolment in the program is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that students who wish to enroll will be accepted.

Main campus honors students may not enroll in any honors economics courses at an affiliated college, even if the course is not offered on main campus (special permission is not granted under any circumstances). Also, students enrolled at an affiliated college may not enroll in honors economic courses on main campus.

Students planning to do graduate work in Economics are advised to consult the Department of Economics before selecting courses. Students are also advised to take intermediate to advanced math courses as part of their electives in order to be competitive when applying to graduate school.

Scholarship eligibility is affected if courses are dropped. Students must have five full courses in the current year as well as in the previous year of study (summer courses are excluded).

Admission Requirements (PPE-E)

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 75% with no mark less than 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B; Political Science 1020E; and 1.0 Philosophy course at the 1000 level, plus 2.0 additional courses at the 1000 level.  Students must have successfully completed one of: Calculus 1000A/B, or Calculus 1500A/B with a mark of at least 60%.

Note: Students can enter the module if they have completed the calculus requirement and at least 2.0 of the required 3.0 principal courses. Students must complete the remaining 1.0 principal course within 12 months after entering the module.

Module (9.0 courses)

Students are advised to consult the Undergraduate Office in the Department of Economics for more detailed information about the module.

*Students who have taken a 1.0 or 0.5 credit course in introductory statistics at the 2100 level or higher in the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences can substitute that course for Economics 2222A/B towards the module requirements (exception: if the statistics course is being used in another module, no credit overlap is allowed, and students are required to replace Economics 2222A/B with another 0.5 course in Economics at the 2200 level or higher). Students who have completed any other introductory statistics course listed as an antirequisite to Economics 2222A/B must replace Economics 2222A/B with 0.5 course in Economics at the 2200 or 3000 level.

Note: Many of the intermediate and upper level courses that can count towards this module have prerequisites.  Students should carefully plan their programs of study accordingly.

Note: Courses counted towards this module may not be counted towards another module.  If you are interested in adding a second module that requires overlapping courses, consult the department about how that issue can be resolved.

Please email Maureen O'Connell (econugrd@uwo.ca) with questions regarding the PPE-E module.

Admission Requirements (PPE-P)

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must complete 3.0 principal courses, including Political Science 1020E, Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, and 1.0 Philosophy course(s) at the 1000 level, with an average of at least 75% and no mark less than 70%, plus 2.0 additional courses at the 1000 level.

Students must have successfully completed one of: MCV4U, Mathematics 0110A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, Calculus 1000A/B, or Calculus 1500A/B.

Students may be admitted to the module if they have completed the math requirement and at least 2.0 of the required 3.0 principal courses. Students must complete the remaining 1.0 principal course within 12 months after entering the module.

Module (9.0 courses)

Students are advised to consult the Undergraduate Office in the Department of Political Science for more detailed information about the module.

Note:  Many of the intermediate and upper level courses that can count towards this module have prerequisites.  Students should carefully plan their programs of study accordingly.

Note: Courses counted toward this module may not be counted toward another module. If you are interested in adding a second module that requires overlapping courses, consult the department about how that issue can be resolved.

Please email: Lorrie Lefebvre (lefebvre@uwo.ca) with questions regarding the PPPE-P module.