Undergraduate Degrees

The Major in Ethics, History, and Public Policy

Director: Professor Aronson
Office: Baker Hall 246B
Email: aronson[at]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.

For more information on the EHPP major, please visit the EHPP website.

Major Requirements (123 Units)

  • Economics (1 of the following)
    • 73-100 Principles of Economics (9 units)
    • 88-220 Policy Analysis I (9 units)
  • History Core  (39 units)
  • Philosophy Core  (36 units)
  • Capstone Project Course (12 units)
  • Electives (27 units)

History Core (39 units)

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

1) Policy History (9 units)

  • 79-300 History of Public Policy in the United States

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)

  • 79-207 Development of European Culture
  • 79-220 Development of Caribbean Culture
  • 79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
  • 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
  • 79-234 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
  • 79-261 Chinese Culture and Society
  • 79-265 Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar
  • 79-266 Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism

4) Historical Methods and Approaches (12 units)

  • 79-200 Introduction to Historical Research

Philosophy Core (36- units – no more than 18 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
  • 80-235 Political Philosophy
  • 80-336 Philosophy of Law

3) Foundations of Social Science   (9 units – 1 of the following)

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

4) Applied Philosophy   (9 units – 1 of the following)

  • 80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy, & Ethical Dilemmas
  • 80-244 Environmental Ethics
  • 80-245 Medical Ethics
  • 80-348 Health, Development, & Human Rights
  • 80-430 Ethics and Medical Research
  • 80-447 Global Justice

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.   

 

Electives (3 courses – 27 units)

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

  • 19-319 Law & the Engineer
  • 19-321 Law & Technology
  • 19-422 Radiation, Health, & Policy [See EPP catalog for prerequisites]
  • 19-424 Energy & the Environment [See EPP catalog for prerequisites]
  • 19-426 Environmental Decision Making [See EPP catalog for prerequisites]
  • 19-448 Science, Technology, & Ethics [See EPP catalog for prerequisites]

Business

  • 70-311 Organizational Behavior
  • 70-332 Business & Society
  • 70-361 Foundations of Law
  • 70-363 Law in Modern American Society
  • 70-413 Conflict Resolution: Negotiation & Mediation
  • 70-430 International Management

Economics (some courses have prerequisities – see the catalog)

  • 73-330 Comparative Economic Systems
  • 73-354 Law & Economics
  • 73-351 Public Finance
  • 73-356 Political Economy of Public Institutions
  • 73-357 Regulation: Theory & Policy
  • 73-358 Economics of the Environment & Natural Resources
  • 73-359 Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • 73-365 Industrial Organization
  • 73-371 International Trade
  • 73-372 International Money & Finance
  • 73-380 Strategy in Economics and Politics
  • 73-476 American Economic History

English

  • 76-492 Rhetoric of Public Policy

History

  • Any course from the History core (not taken to fulfill core)
  • 79-221 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
  • 79-267 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
  • 79-289 Energy, Environment and Globalization in the Americas (formerly 79-263, From Soil to Oil: Energy and the Environment in the Americas)
  • 79-303 Pittsburgh and the Transformation of Modern Urban America (6 units)
  • 79-305 Juvenile Delinquency: Images, Realities, and Public Policy 1800-1967
  • 79-306 Delinquency Crime and Juvenile Justice, 1967 to the Present
  • 79-307 The Politics of American Military Recruitment: Historical Perspective
  • 79-333 Biology and Society: Evolution, Animal Experimentation and Eugenics
  • 79-334 Genes, Clones and Stem Cells: Biology and Society in the 20th Century
  • 79-335 Drug Use and Drug Policy
  • 79-338 Childhood, Education, and Social Reform in American History
  • 79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • 79-368 Poverty, Charity, and Welfare
  • 79-371 African American Urban History
  • 79-373 Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development
  • 79-374 American Environmental History: Critical Issues
  • 79-383 Epidemic Disease and Public Health
  • 79-389 Stalin and Stalinism


Philosophy

  • Any course from the philosophy core (not taken to fulfill core)
  • 80-151 God in the West
  • 80-222 Measurement and Methodology
  • 80-305 Rational Choice
  • 80-405 Game Theory
  • 80-241 Professional Ethics
  • 80-242 Conflict, Culture, and Dispute Resolution
  • 80-430 Ethics and Medical Research
  • 80-340 Management, Environment, & Ethics
  • 80-341 Computers, Society, and Ethics
  • 80-256 Modern Moral Philosophy
  • 80-258 Liebniz, Locke, and Hume

Social and Decision Sciences

  • 88-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions
  • 88-223 Decision Analysis & Decision Support Systems
  • 88-343 Economics of Technological Change
  • 88-347 Complex Technological Systems: Past, Present, and Future
  • 88-358 Policy Making Institutions
  • 88-371 Entrepreneurship, Regulation, and Technological Change
  • 88-387 Social Norms and Economics
  • 88-423 Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
  • 88-444 Public Policy and Regulation

5) Bachelor of Science Option

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

  • 21-257 Models & Methods for Optimization
  • 36-203 Samplings, Surveys, & Society
  • 36-207 Probability & Statistics for Business
  • 36-208 Regression Analysis
  • 80-316 Probability, Causation, and AI
  • 80-222 Measurement & Methodology
  • 80-305 Rational Choice
  • 88-251 Empirical Research Methods

Additional Major

All Ethics, History, and Public Policy requirements for an additional major are the same as those for non-B.S. degree candidates whose primary major is EHPP. Only one course may double count for both a student's EHPP additional major and the student's primary major.

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