Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2005/2006
Canadian Excellence

Honours BA Philosophy, Political Science and Economics

The Honours BA (PPE) is a four-year 20.0-credit (or equivalent) program, combining an Honours PPE degree with a program major in one of the three disciplines, designed as follows:

Year 1
1.0 Political Science credit
1.0 Philosophy credit
1.0 Economics credit
2.0 elective credits
PPE extracurricular activities and mentoring

Year 2
PX200 (Methods and Ideas)
PX299 (Directed Studies)
1.0 Political Science credit
1.0 Philosophy credit
1.0 Economics credit
1.0 elective credit in the major program

Year 3
PX300 (Normative Issues; Role of State)
PX399 (Directed Studies)
1.0 Political Science credit
1.0 Philosophy credit
1.0 Economics credit
1.0 elective credit in the major program

Year 4
PX400 (Research Seminar)
PX499 (Directed Studies)
1.0 Political Science credit
1.0 Philosophy credit
1.0 Economics credit
1.0 elective credit in the major program

Additional Information
 
PPE with Economics Major

For students choosing economics as their program major:
Course requirements:
EC120, EC140, EC270, EC290, EC285 and EC295 to be included in the 7.0 credits in Economics. This requires that these students take MA103, MA110*, or MA130 as a prerequisite for EC295.
Grade point average (GPA) requirements: A GPA of at least 6.0 in EC120 and EC140. A cumulative GPA of at least 7.0 in Economics courses for progression with an Economics program major into Year 3 and Year 4 and for graduation with an Economics program major.

For students not choosing economics as their program major:
Course requirements:
EC120, EC140, EC270 and EC290 to be included in the 4.0 credits in Economics.
Grade point average requirements: A GPA of at least 4.0 in EC120 and EC140.

 
Notes

  1. Students already at Laurier may apply to a limited number of available places in Year 2. To be eligible for consideration, students should normally have 1.0 credit from each of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics on their academic record when they apply.
  2. For progression into Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and for graduation, a minimum overall GPA of 9.00 is required.
  3. While the degree gained is a stand-alone PPE, all students will declare a discipline program major at the end of Year 2. By the end of Year 4, each student would have at least 4.0 credits in each of the three disciplines. The 3.0 PX credits would be assigned to one discipline - the discipline program major - bringing the total to 7.0 credits. Students would then take 3.0 other course credits from amongst their course electives (1.0 credit available in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4) to bring the total to 10.0 course credits for the major.
  4. Disciplines typically have prerequisites or course requirements. Each of Philosophy, Political Science and Economics will prepare guidelines for subject choice, in the case of the student majoring in that subject or the subject being one of the other two disciplines. (The Economics guidelines are given above). The program committee, chairs and mentors will work with students and departments to sort out particular course selection issues.
  5. Mentors and department chairs will counsel students on the mix of disciplinary courses to be taken as elective credits in the program major, particularly for students intending to proceed to graduate school.
  6. In Year 1, students will do foundational work in each of the three disciplines. There will be a PPE Year 1 program, consisting of orientation, meetings and events, direct mentoring, and invitations to campus and off-campus extracurricular activities.
  7. The program committee will create a list of possible areas and topics of PPE Directed Studies each winter. These Directed Studies courses offer students the opportunity for in-depth and extensive examination of cross-disciplinary issues and themes and events that are not offered in regular courses. These courses may be taken individually or by a cluster of 2-4 students where there is shared interest. The courses emphasize self-directed study, intensive reading, and regular written and oral assignments.
  8. Two instructors will jointly teach PX200 and PX300 from two of the disciplines.
  9. PX400 - Research Seminar - will focus on a topic or area of students' interest. PPE students will determine this topic in the spring, typically focusing on a contemporary event or issue. The research seminar will culminate in a major research paper, to be delivered in an annual PPE public conference in the spring.