Best schools for philosophy and economics

<p>Right now i am currently looking at a couple Boston schools. What are some other schools outside of Boston but within the northeast region that are strong in philosophy and economics? i would prefer universities but liberal arts schools are fine as well. Thanks a million! </p>

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<p>U Chicago is strong in both.</p>

<p>MIT is top tier in both, and technically outside of Boston.</p>

<p>Rutgers is tops in the western world for philosophy. not as good at econ though, still decent though.</p>

<p>NYU, vassar</p>

<p>NYU is ranked #2 behind Rutgers in Philosophy. NYU also has a top 10 economics program.</p>

<p>( You can take graduate courses as an undergrad at NYU.)</p>

<p>as aforementioned, rutgers has an awesome philosophy program. and economics is a pretty popular major--it's up there with psychology and communications.</p>

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<p>MIT is technically outside Boston (in Cambridge) and is strong both in economics and philosophy. In theory, you could double major in both subjects at MIT, but that would require a considerable amount of work (keep in mind MIT S.B degrees are among the toughest in the US). </p>

<p>Other lower-ranked options in the northeast that are not "super-reaches" as MIT include the aforementioned NYU and Rutgers University, plus Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, PA. I don't know about Rutgers or NYU, but double majoring in economics and philosophy at CMU might prove difficult as it would require a very large number of classes. It is doable though and CMU is pretty good in both subjects. </p>

<p>Outside the northeast, the University of Chicago is exceptionally strong in both philosophy & economics and offers a special undergraduate concentration in "philosophy and allied fields" that allows students to combine a philosophy major with a second subject of their choice, e.g. economics or mathematics. That is an easy route to a major in philosophy with a minor in economics. </p>

<p>Finally, outside the United States, the London School of Economics (LSE) offers an excellent joint BSc degree in philosophy and economics, which I highly recommend. Another option is the BA in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford, which, as the name says, combines philosophy, economics ** and ** political science. Oxford is not as strong as MIT, Chicago or LSE in economics, but it is as strong, or IMHO stronger, in philosophy. </p>

<p>Please note that studying in the UK is quite expensive for US students (as financial aid is not widely available). Keep in mind though that UK bachelor's degrees in humanities and social sciences subjects last 3 years only, which accounts for considerable savings in the total cost of university education.</p>

<p>PS: Of course, Ivies like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and Cornell also excel in economics and philosophy, but, judging from your stats, I assume they would be reaches. That's why I didn't mention them.</p>

<p>University of Pittsburgh has been ranked second in the nation for philosophy - I can't remember which publication I saw that in, I just remember how surprised I was. I know many will be skepitcal about that, but if you do your research, I think you'll find it's really near the very top for philosophy, though not so high, of course, for economics.</p>

<p>It's a reach (less so for ED, however) but the U of Penn has a great PPE (philosophy, politics & economics) program.</p>

<p>Gourman ranking for philosophy:</p>

<p>Princeton
U pittsburgh
Harvard
UC Berkeley
U Chicago
Stanford
U Michigan Ann Arbor
UCLA
MIT
Cornell
Yale
Brown
Columbia
Notre Dame
Boston U
UNC Chapel Hill
U Wisconsin Madison
Indiana U Bloomington
U Mass Amherst
U Minnesota
Johns Hopkins</p>

<p>Gourman Report undergrad economics ranking:</p>

<p>Gourman Report undergrad
MIT
Chicago
Stanford
Princeton
Harvard
Yale
U Minnesota
U Penn
U Wisc Madison
UC Berkeley
Northwestern
U Rochester
Columbia
UCLA
U Michigan Ann Arbor
Johns Hopkins
Carnegie Mellon
Brown
UC San Diego
Duke
Cornell
NYU
UVA
UC Davis
U Washington
U Maryland College Park
Michigan State
UNC Chapel Hill
U Illinois Urbana Champaign
Texas A&M
Boston U
Washington U St Louis
Purdue West Lafayette
USC
U Texas Austin
Vanderbilt
Ohio State
Iowa State
SUNY Stony Brook
U Iowa
U Mass Amherst
UC Santa Barbara
U Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech
Claremont McKenna
Rutgers New Brunswick</p>

<p>For quite some time NYU Philosophy Department has been ranked as #1 in the US. See The</a> Philosophical Gourmet Report 2009 :: Overall Rankings</p>

<p>It also has a very strong Department of Economics,
New</a> York University > Department of Economics</p>

<p>Those interested in combining philosophy and economics should consider NYU as one of their top choices.</p>

<p>William & Mary is strong in both.</p>

<p>Certainly some are stronger than others, but any highly ranked institution would probably be fine for undergraduate work in both - the better question would be which schools have weak econ. and philosophy departments.</p>

<p>U Chicago.</p>

<p>NYU and UChicago</p>

<p>UChicago. Oh, and Stanford.</p>

<p>Most of the schools mentioned so far are going to be reaches or high reaches for someone with the OP's stats. NYU is a good---and realistic---suggestion. Also consider Michigan and Wisconsin-Madison. I'd also urge the OP to consider LACs. Most good LACs have strong econ departments, and many have strong philosophy departments (though strength in philosophy will be a little spottier than econ). These are core humanities/social science disciplines that are the bread-and-butter of LACs. They might not offer the full breadth and depth of curriculum or superstar faculties you'll find at the top research universities, but the trade-off is you'll have small classes, close contact with your professors, and good mentoring. If you do well and wish to continue in either of these fields, the research universities have outstanding grad programs. Here's a brief essay by the author of the Philosophical Gourmet on undergraduate study in philosophy, emphasizing the value of LACs:</p>

<p>The</a> Philosophical Gourmet Report 2009 :: Undergraduate Study</p>

<p>My own view is that some of the concern about large class sizes at research universities may be overstated. In my own experience as an undergrad at Michigan, philosophy classes were quite small, and I certainly had plenty of opportunities to interact with faculty---though that may be different at some schools. </p>

<p>Here's a listing of all the research universities ranking in the top 25 in both the Philosophical Gourmet and in the US News ranking of graduate programs in economics (basically a proxy for faculty strength/faculty reputation), ranked by average ranking in both fields:</p>

<p>School / Philosophical Gourmet / USN Econ / Average of the two</p>

<ol>
<li>Princeton / 3 / 1 / 2</li>
<li>Harvard / 6 / 1 / 3.5</li>
<li>MIT / 6 / 1 / 3.5</li>
<li>NYU / 1 / 12 / 6.5</li>
<li>Yale / 8 / 6 / 7</li>
<li>Stanford / 9 / 5 / 7</li>
<li>UC Berkeley / 9 / 6 / 7.5</li>
<li>Michigan / 5 / 12 / 8.5</li>
<li>Chicago / 21 / 1 / 11</li>
<li>UCLA / 9 / 14 / 11.5</li>
<li>Columbia / 13 / 10 / 11.5</li>
<li>Cornell / 17 / 18 / 17.5</li>
<li>UC San Diego / 21 / 14 / 17.5</li>
<li>Brown / 17 / 19 / 18</li>
<li>Wisconsin / 23 / 14 / 18.5</li>
</ol>