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Political Economy

William Lynn Holmes, Department of Economics

Richard Deeg, Department of Political Science

This is a joint program offered by the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science leading to certificate of specialization in political economy.


The purpose of the Political Economy program is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to study more intensely the relationship between the political and economic spheres of society. The program is based on the belief that a focused examination of this relationship provides us with a better understanding of several social phenomena. Chief among these is a better understanding of public policy choices and the policy making process, as well as a better understanding of how government actions affect the process of economic change and vice versa.

For these reasons the Political Science and Economics departments offer an interdisciplinary certificate in Political Economy. The program is open to all matriculated undergraduate students. Applicants need not be declared majors in either economics or political science. The Political Economy program provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and for the study of law.

Program Requirements

The program consists of two components: required core courses at the lower-division level and elective courses at the upper-division level.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core – All students must take the following core courses:    
Econ C051 or H091 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN
Econ C052 or H092 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
Pol Sci C051 or H091 The American Political System 3 AC
And one of the following:      
Pol Sci C052 or H092 Foreign Governments and Politics 3 IS
Pol Sci C053 or H093 International Politics 3 IS

Elective Courses
All students must successfully complete (grade of C- or better) four courses from the following list. Two of the four courses must be in economics, and two courses must be in political science. Students should select courses that correspond to their own substantive interests and are encouraged to take cognate areas (e.g., if you choose international politics courses, also choose international economics courses). Students should plan their schedules well in advance, since many courses are not offered each semester.

Department Course# Course Name Hours RCI
Select two:     6  
Econ 0217 History of Economic Theory    
Econ 0220 Economics of Development and Growth    
Econ 0244 The Economics and Management of Privatization    
Econ 0246 Public Finance    
Econ 0248 Economics of State and Local Governments    
Econ 0250 International Trade    
Econ 0251 International Monetary Economics    
Econ 0255 (or W255) Energy, Ecology, and Economy   WI*
Econ 0262 (or W262) Health Economics   WI*
Econ 0270 Economics of Labor Markets    
Econ 0272 Women in the Economy    
Econ 0279 Public Control of Business: Antitrust    
Econ 0281 Government Regulation of Business    
Econ 0282 Economics of American Industry    
Select two:     6  
Pol Sci 0135 (or W135) Urban Politics and Problems   WI*
Pol Sci 0141 Politics of Inequality    
Pol Sci 0145 American State and Local Politics    
Pol Sci 0150 U.S. Public Policy Making    
Pol Sci 0151 Public Policy Analysis    
Pol Sci 0152 U.S. Environmental Policy    
Pol Sci 0158 Business and Public Policy    
Pol Sci 0215 Comparative Politics: Developing Nations    
Pol Sci 0238 East Asia and the United States    
Pol Sci W244 Politics of Modern Capitalism    
Pol Sci 0261 Politics of the Global Economy    
Pol Sci 0265 International Environmental Policy    
Pol Sci 0273 Marxism and Politics    
Pol Sci 0276 Democracy, Capitalism, and Socialism    

A "*" denotes that the second option for courses, those with the prefix "W," are Writing Intensive courses.

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