Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

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In an increasingly interdependent but uneven world, analyses of the role of ideas (theory), of power (politics), and of material interest (economics) must be brought together for an in-depth understanding of global political processes.

The Major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics has its origins in the long-established and highly successful PPE degree offered at the University of Oxford.

Its specificity at The American University of Paris lies in its integrated approach, with courses across the three disciplines mutually reinforcing each other.

Departmental Honors

Students with an average GPA of 3.4 among their required courses for PPE are eligible for the PPE Honors Program, which involves writing a PPE senior thesis (as a directed study; currently, there are not yet enough PPE majors to establish an honors senior seminar, like in International Economics; should there be sufficient demand for the Honors Program, the establishment of an honors senior seminar will be considered). Students who wish to pursue the Honors Program must consult with their advisor and the PPE program director at the beginning of their senior year.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Fall Admission : Round 1 by 15 November; Round 2 by 1 February; Round 3 by 15 March; Round 4 by 1 June; Round 5 after 1 June; Spring Admission: Round 1 by 1 October; Round 2 by 15 November; Round 3 after 15 November Tuition fee
  • EUR 26590 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 26590 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 128
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  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

Requirements for the Major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics


  • 8 FirstBridge courses change every year

General Education Requirements

  • Up to 8 EN 1010 College Writing, EN 2020 Writing and Criticism
  • 8 French through FR 1200 Elementary French Language and Culture II
  • 4 Historical and Cross-Cultural Understandings
  • 4 Social Experience and Organization
  • 4 from either of the above two categories
  • Up to 8 Scientific and Mathematical Investigations

Core courses (48 credits)


  • PL/PO 2003 Political Philosophy

Choose one of four:

  • PL/PO 2071 The Critique of Political Economy: From Adam Smith to Karl Marx
  • PL/PO 3076 Philosophical and Political Modernity: Kant, Hegel and Beyond
  • PL/UB 2015 Philosophy and the City
  • PL 2041 Environmental Ethics

Choose any other PL courses as an elective.


  • PO 1011 Foundations of Modern Politics
  • PO 2015 Comparative Politics OR PO2031 World Politics

Choose any two PO courses above the 1000 level, one of which must be at least at the 3000 level.


  • EC 2010 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics

Choose two EC courses at the 3000 level (or EC 2030)


  • EC 3037/PL 3037/PO 3037 Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Political Economy

Plus general electives to total 128 credits


Application requirements - what you need to submit to us

An application to The American University of Paris requires several supporting documents and sometimes tests. Most requirements can be uploaded directly in your online application. We cannot provide you with a decision until we receive all of your documents.

  • Online application form
  • Personal statements
  • Extracurricular activites and work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • English language test
  • SAT/ACT test scores (optional)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Financial aid and scholarships

An AUP education is an important investment in your future, and we work hard to make it an affordable one. Our tuition and costs are competitive with those of small, selective universities in the United States, and we offer merit scholarships and need- and merit-based financial aid that make affording AUP even more manageable.

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