Author: CASE

FALL 2014


The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is an interdisciplinary certificate program that aims to introduce students to basic methodological approaches in the study of philosophy, politics, and economics and expose them to a broad range of specific issues investigated in these three disciplines individually and collectively. Students will find the opportunity to examine the intersection of political processes, economic theories, and philosophical analysis in theoretical, historical, and topical studies, including micro- and macro-economic theory, games and strategic behavior, intellectual and political history, international relations, and applied ethics. The program will help students develop multifarious analytic tools for dissecting the increasingly complex economic, political, and ethical problems that confront us in a world characterized by rapid social change. With this program, Koc University joins the growing number of distinguished institutions of higher education in integrating the study of philosophy, politics, and economics within an interdisciplinary framework. Graduates of similar PPE programs continue to pursue careers in a wide range of professions, including politics, banking, journalism, and public service.

The program is centered on the Departments of Economics, International Relations, and Philosophy. The first half of the program consists of a core module of mandatory courses that introduce students to the specific approaches of the three disciplines. The second half of the program comprises a range of elective courses organized under the complementary subthemes of (1) theory, (2) history, and (3) selected topics.


All undergraduate students with good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to the PPE program. In order to receive the certificate, enrolled students have to complete 6 courses in line with the following regulations. All students have to successfully complete INTL 101, ECON 100 or ECON 210, and PHIL 101, as well as three elective courses. If the student is majoring in one of the three departments involved in the program, he/she has to take at least one elective course from each of the two departments outside his/her own department. If the student is majoring in a department other than the three departments involved in the program, he/she has to take the three elective courses from at least two of these three departments. In order to enroll in a course offered as part of the program curriculum, all prerequisites for that course have to be fulfilled or the consent of the instructor obtained. 

The average grade from the six courses must be at least 2.70. A student failing to meet this grade requirement is not qualified to receive the certificate. A certificate will be presented to the student completing the certification requirements along with the Bachelor of Arts degree at the time of graduation from the university.



(1) Core (all three course are required):

INTL 101, Introduction to Political Science

PHIL 101, An Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophical Thinking

ECON 101, Principles of Economics or ECON 210, Introduction to Economic and Strategic Behavior


(2) Theory (elective):

INTL 203, Introduction to International Relations

INTL 204, Introduction to Comparative Politics

PHIL 215, Epistemology

ECON 201, Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 202, Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECON 333, Game Theory and Strategy


(3) History (elective):

INTL 308, History of Political Thought

PHIL 213, Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 214, Modern Philosophy


(4) Selected Topics (elective):

INTL 313, Introduction to Global Political Economy

INTL 354, Gender and Politics

INTL 406, Contemporary Issues in Turkish Politics

INTL 440, Religion, Secularism, and Democracy in the World

INTL 475, Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism

PHIL 216, Ethics

PHIL 330, Applied Ethics

PHIL 401, Political Philosophy

ECON 322, International Finance

ECON 340, Public Finance

ECON 480, The Economics of Institutions

ECON 481, Turkish Economy