Requirements of the Major-Ethics, History, & Public Policy - Carnegie Mellon University

Requirements of the Major

Director: Professor Alex John London
Office: Baker Hall 150A
Email: ajlondon@andrew.cmu.edu

The B.A./B.S. in Ethics, History, and Public Policy prepares students for leadership positions in law, public policy, ethics, and advocacy by providing them with a rigorous, interdisciplinary humanistic and social-scientific education. It also serves as an excellent spring board for graduate study in a wide variety of disciplines. The program focuses equally on the historical understanding of how modern-day problems have evolved, and the importance of developing clear criteria for ethical decision-making. The capstone project course provides students with the opportunity to engage with real-world public policy challenges using the methods, theories and knowledge that they have gained through the major. Offered jointly by the departments of History and Philosophy, the EHPP major encourages specialization, internship experiences, and research in a wide range of policy areas.

Major Requirements (120 Units)


History Core (36 units)

  • Policy History
  • US History
  • Non-US History
  • Historical Methods and Approaches

1. Policy History (9 units)

  • 79-300 History of American Public Policy

2. US History (9 units – 1 of the following)

  • 79-240 Development of American Culture
  • 79-249 20th Century U.S.

3. Non-U.S. History (9 units – 1 of the following)

  • 79-202 Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-1750
  • 79-203 Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe
  • 79-205 20th/21st Century Europe
  • 79-207 Development of European Culture
  • 79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
  • 79-223 Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War
  • 79-226 Introduction to African History I: From the Earliest Times to the Origins of the Slave Trade
  • 79-227 Introduction to African History II: 18th Century to Neo-Colonialism
  • 79-229 Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948
  • 79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948
  • 79-237 Comparative Slavery
  • 79-251 India/America: Democracy, Diversity and Development
  • 79-261 Chinese Culture and Society
  • 79-262 Modern China
  • 79-264 Tibet in History and Imagination
  • 79-265 Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar
  • 79-266 Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism
  • 79-307 Religion and Politics in the Middle East

4. Historical Methods and Approaches (9 units)

  • 79-200 Introduction to Historical Research

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Philosophy Core (36 units – no more than 9 units on the 100 level)

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Foundations of Social Science
  • Applied Philosophy

1. Ethics (9 units - 1 of the following)

  • 80-130 Introduction to Ethics
  • 80-230 Ethical Theory

2. Political Philosophy (9 units - 1 of the following)

  • 80-135 Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • 80-334 Social and Political Philosophy

3. Foundations of Social Science (9 units - 1 of the follwoing)

  • 80-221 Philosophy of Social Science
  • 80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy
  • 80-324 Philosophy of Economics
  • 80-337 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

4. Applied Philosophy (9 units - 1 of the follwoing)

  • 80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy, & Ethical Dilemmas
  • 80-244 Environmental Ethics
  • 80-245 Medical Ethics
  • 80-247 Ethics and Global Economics
  • 80-335 Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice
  • 80-348 Health, Development, & Human Rights
  • 80-447 Global Justice

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Capstone Project Course (12 units)

This course will be co-taught by one member of History and one of Philosophy, and be taken in the fall of the senior year by every EHPP major.  The purpose of the course is to give students a serious opportunity to apply the concepts and knowledge they acquired in the major to single topic, in depth.

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Electives (3 courses – 27 units)

Engineering and Public Policy (some courses have prerequisities – see the catalog)

  • 19-424 Energy & the Environment [See EPP catalog for prerequisites]

Business

  • 70-311 Organizational Behavior
  • 70-321 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • 70-332 Business & Society
  • 70-364 Business Law
  • 70-365 International Trade and International Law
  • 70-430 International Management

Economics (some courses have prerequisities – see the catalog)

  • 73-148 Environmental Economics
  • 73-310 Evolution of Economic Thought and Ideas
  • 73-352 Public Economics
  • 73-358 Economics of the Environment & Natural Resources
  • 73-359 Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • 73-365 Industrial Organization
  • 73-372 International Money & Finance
  • 73-375 History of Money and Monetary Policy (pre-req 73-100)
  • 73-408 Law and Economics
  • 73-476 American Economic History

English

  • 76-492 Rhetoric of Public Policy

History

  • Any course from the History core (not taken to fulfill core)
  • 79-217 The War in Vietnam
  • 79-221 Development and Democracy in Latin America
  • 79-231 American Foreign Policy: 1945 to the Present
  • 79-233 The United States and the Middle East Since 1945
  • 79-242 African-American History II
  • 79-250 Running for President: Campaigns & Elections in History of American Presidency
  • 79-253 American Massacres in History and Memory
  • 79-267 The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political and Social History
  • 79-288 Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: A History of Latin America-US Relations
  • 79-299 From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-1950
  • 79-301 History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Edward Snowden
  • 79-303 Pittsburgh and the Transformation of Modern Urban America (6 units)
  • 79-305 Moneyball Nation: Data in American Life
  • 79-310 Modern U.S. Business History: 1870 to the Present
  • 78-315 The Politics of Water: Global Controversies, Past and Present
  • 79-320 Women, Politics and Protest
  • 79-325 U.S. Gay and Lesbian History
  • 79-331 Body Politics: Women and Health in America
  • 79-336 American Environmental History
  • 79-338 History of Education in America
  • 79-339 Juvenile Deliquency and Film (1920 to "The Wire")
  • 79-340 Juvenile Deliquency and Juvenile Justice
  • 79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • 79-349 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
  • 79-358 Nazi Ghettos: From Spatial Segregation to Killing Zones
  • 79-370 Disasters in American History (2): Epidemics and Fires (6 units)
  • 79-371 African American Urban History
  • 79-374 American Environmental History: Critical Issues
  • 79-381 Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World
  • 79-389 Stalin and Stalinism

Philosophy

  • Any course from the philosophy core (not taken to fulfill core)
  • 80-256 Modern Moral Philosophy
  • 80-305 Rational Choice
  • 80-405 Game Theory

Institute for Politics and Strategy

  • 84-310 International Political Economy and Organizations
  • 84-380 Grand Strategy in the United States
  • 84-393 Legislative Decision Making: US Congress
  • 84-402 Judicial Politics and Behavior

Social and Decision Sciences

  • 88-223 Decision Analysis & Decision Support Systems
  • 88-281 Topics in Law: 1st Amendment
  • 88-345 Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development
  • 88-371 Entrepreneurship, Regulation, and Technological Change
  • 88-387 Social Norms and Economics
  • 88-444 Public Policy and Regulation

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Bachelor of Science Option

2 from the following list (or a petition for equivalents):

  • 21-257 Models & Methods for Optimization
  • 36-202 Statistical Methods OR 36-208 Regression Analysis
  • 36-207 Probability & Statistics for Business
  • 36-303 Samplings, Surveys, and Society
  • 36-309 Experimental Design for Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • 80-305 Rational Choice
  • 84-265 Political Science Research Methods
  • 88-251 Empirical Research Methods

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