Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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.

Students will be able to understand, for example, how the economy impacts the decisions made by politicians who have their own philosophical policy preferences but are faced with institutional constraints created by the government’s structure and their global trading partners.

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 PPE program that's right for you


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

What will you learn?

In the first and second years students will gain a base of knowledge in the three disciplines by taking introductory (1000-level) and intermediate (2000-level) courses in all three disciplines. A special second-year course (PPE 2200F/G) will integrate and contrast knowledge from the three disciplines.

In the third and fourth years students choose among elective courses in the three disciplines and gain additional knowledge and skills in critical thinking and research methods. In a fourth-year capstone course (PPE 4100E) students will reflect on and integrate the knowledge they have gained, and they will employ that knowledge to analyze public policy questions and to carry out an independent research project.

What do you need to enroll in PPE?

Students will submit an intent to register in one of the PPE modules (PPE-E or PPE-P) during the intent to register period of their first year. Enrolment in the program is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Students who wish to enroll in PPE should carefully review the admission requirements (see below) and be sure to take the specified introductory courses in at least two of the three PPE disciplines during their first year.

Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics – Economics (PPE-E)
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Admission Requirements

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 may be admitted to 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)
  • 0.5 course in PPE 2200F/G (normally taken in the first year of the module).
  • 2.0 courses in Economics 2222A/B, 2223A/B, 2260A/B, 2261A/B* (normally taken in the first year of the module).
  • 1.0 course in Political Science 2237E.
  • 1.0 course in Philosophy 2700F/G (recommended), 2200F/G, 2202F/G or 2500F/G.
  • 1.0 course in PPE 4100E.
  • 3.5 courses numbered 2200 or higher from at least two of the three PPE disciplines (Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics). At least 2.0 of these 3.5 courses must be numbered 3000 and higher.


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.

Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics – Politics and Philosophy (PPE-P)
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Admission Requirements

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)
  • 0.5 course in PPE 2200F/G (normally taken in the first year of the module).
  • 1.5 courses in Political Science 2237E and 3324F/G.
  • 1.0 course in Philosophy 2700F/G (recommended), Philosophy 2200F/G, Philosophy 2202F/G, or Philosophy 2500F/G.
  • 1.0 course in Economics 2150A/B and 2151A/B.
  • 4.0 courses from at least two of the three PPE disciplines (Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics). Political Science and Philosophy courses must be numbered 2200 and above; Economics courses should be numbered 2100-2199. At least 2.0 of these 4.0 courses must be numbered 3000 and higher.


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 PPE-P module.