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Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 30.5101 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics)

Department of Philosophy

135 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Ryan Muldoon
Director, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program

Completing the Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA Program

Academic Requirements

Required Courses

Common Foundations:

PSC 200 Empirical Political Science
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics OR PSC 102 Introduction to International Politics OR PSC 103 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PHI 342 Political Philosophy
One of the following:

ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics OR ECO 380 Economic Statistics and Data Analytics OR ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics OR ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory

PPE Core Skills:

PHI 185 Model-Based Reasoning
One Course in Game Theory:

One of the following Policy and Change Courses:

One of the following Political Economy Courses:

Students must select and complete 4 courses from a single Thematic Domain: Local, National or Global. Courses must be from at least two different departments, and three of the four courses must be completed at the 300/400 level. See below for a list of course options. Please note that some courses require prerequisites.


  • PHI 485 Integrating Insights from Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Thematic Domain Areas and Elective Options:

Local Domain Courses:

  • APY 474 Cities and Cultures
  • ECO 209 Introduction to Urban Economics
  • ECO 421 Urban Economics
  • END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning
  • END 279 Exploring the Design of Buffalo Niagara
  • END 301 Perspective on Land Use and Development
  • END 302 Sustainable Urban Environments
  • END 304 Transportation in Environmental Design and Urban Life
  • END 308 Health and Urban Environments
  • END 313 Local Government, Policy and Politics
  • END 322 Race and Place in the Built Environment
  • END 406 Housing and Community Development
  • END 408 Race, Class, Gender and the City
  • END 422 Economic Development Planning
  • END 441 Nonprofit Management
  • END 442 Central City Revitalization
  • END 467 Legal Issues in Planning and Development
  • GEO 366 Urban Geography
  • GEO 367 urban Social Geography
  • GEO 430 Applied Urban Geography
  • HIS 327 The City in American History
  • HIS 448 Race and American Urban History
  • PSC 312 Urban Politics
  • SOC 315 Sociology of City Life
  • SOC 342 Social Groups in Urban Spaces
  • SOC 348 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 385 Neighborhoods and Health

National Domain Courses:

Global Domain:

Departmental Honors Requirements

Senior Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA majors may apply for the honors program if they have an overall GPA of 3.000 or higher, have a GPA of 3.250 or higher in their philosophy courses (including at least 2 advanced courses taken at UB), and have already completed at least 50% of the requirements for their major.

Students may also complete their major “with distinction” if their final program GPA is at least 3.250, “with high distinction” if their final PPE GPA is at least 3.500, and “with highest distinction” if their final PPE GPA is at least 3.750.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA degree
Credits Required for Major47
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 36
Additional Credits Required for Electives 37
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:56