The Undergraduate Major in Philosophy & Economics

For a Major in Economics-Philosophy

Adviser for the Economics-Philosophy Major: Professor Jessica Collins, 714 Philosophy Hall, jessica.collins@columbia.edu.

Please read Regulations for Economics Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors in the Economics section of the Bulletin.

Program of Study:
Economics-philosophy is an interdisciplinary major that, while introducing students to the basic methodologies of economics and philosophy, stresses areas of particular concern to both. These include subjects such as rationality and decision making, justice and efficiency, freedom and collective choice, the logic of empirical theories and their testing. Many of the issues are dealt with historically, and classic texts of Plato, Kant, Mill, Marx, and Smith are reviewed.

Two advisers are assigned for the interdepartmental major, one in the Department of Economics and one in the Department of Philosophy.  Please note that the economics adviser can only advise on the economics requirement and the philosophy adviser can only advise about on the philosophy requirements.

The departmental advisers strongly encourage prospective majors to discuss the major early in their sophomore year. Each major is expected to talk to the departmental advisers in the middle of his or her junior year and at the beginning of his or her senior year.

Required courses: This program requires at least 54 points: 25 points in economics, 16 points in philosophy, 6 points in mathematics, 3 points in statistics, and 4 points in the interdisciplinary seminar, ECPH W4950.

Economics Core Courses (16 points):

  • ECON UN1105 Principles of Economics

  • ECON UN3211 Intermediate Microeconomics

  • ECON UN3213 Intermediate Macroeconomics

  • ECON UN3412 Introduction to Econometrics

Mathematics (6 points)

  • MATH UN1101 Calculus I or MATH UN 1102 Calculus II

  • MATH UN 1201 or MATH UN1205 Multivariable Calculus

Statistics (3 points)

  • STAT UN1201 Introduction to Statistics

Economics Electives (9 points)

Philosophy Courses (16 points):

  • PHIL UN1010 Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought

  • PHIL UN3411 Symbolic Logic

  • PHIL UN3701 Ethics (or another adviser-approved course in moral or political philosophy)

  • PHIL UN3551 Philosophy of Science or PHIL UN3960 Epistemology

  • PHIL GU4561 Probabilty and Decision Theory or PHIL GU4565 Rational Choice

Seminar (4 points)

  • ECPH UN4950 Economics and Philosophy Seminar (or another seminar in philosophy or economics approved by advisers in both department)

Courses of Instruction

In the listing, the designator PHIL (Philosophy) is understood to precede all course numbers for which no designator is indicated. The following designators also appear in abbreviated form: CSPH (Computer Science-Philosophy) and ECPH (Economics-Philosophy).

NOTE:  Courses in which a grade of D has been received do not count toward the major or concentration.