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Political Economy Concentration (POEC)

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The study of political economy involves issues that range from the analysis of American Public Policy, globalization, comparative national economic policies, the relationship of micro-level to macro-level activity, and the ways that public and private choices affect one another.

Requirements for the Concentration:

Since the study of politics and economics are closely and intimately related, we ask students (1) get a grounding in political science and economics, and perhaps a third discipline, sociology; (2) to specialize in either American Public Policy or World Trade and Development; and (3) to integrate their studies in a final senior seminar that cuts across the different fields of specialization.

Students who double major in Economics and Political Science or Political Science/IR are not permitted to declare a concentration in Political Economy.

Lower Level Course Requirements (four courses required):

All three of the following:

ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics

POSC 265 Capitalist Crises, Power and Policy (Not offered in 2013-2014)


POSC 263 European Political Economy

plus one course from:

ECON 250 History of Economic Ideas

HIST 141 Europe in the Twentieth Century (Not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics

Middle-Division Requirement (one course required):

The selected course must correspond with area of specialization.

American Public Policy:

ECON 270 Economics of the Public Sector (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 201 National Policymaking

SOAN 220 Class, Power, and Inequality in America (not offered in 2013-2014)

or World Trade and Development

ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development

ECON 241 Growth and Development (not offered in 2013-2014)

ECON 280 International Trade

ECON 281 International Finance

POSC 266 Urban Political Economy

POSC 365 Political Economy of Global Tourism*

Upper Level Course Electives (three courses required):

Each student will select at least three courses from the two areas of specialization listed below in consultation with the concentration coordinator. These courses must come from at least two different departments. Two of these courses will be in the same area of specialization with the third coming from the other area. Courses listed under Middle-Division Requirement (above) may also count as upper level course electives if they are not being used to satisfy the Middle-Division Requirement. Political Science 263 may be used to satisfy one upper level elective requirement in the area of World Trade and Development if Political Science 265 was used to satisfy the lower level course requirement. It may not satisfy both requirements simultaneously.

American Public Policy:

ECON 232 American Economic History: A Cliometric Approach (not offered in 2013-2014)

ECON 246 Economics of Welfare (not offered in 2013-2014)

ECON 262 The Economics of Sports (not offered in 2013-2014)

ECON 264 Health Care Economics

ECON 271 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment

ECON 273 Water and Western Economic Development

ECON 274 Labor Economics

ECON 275 Law and Economics

ECON 276 Money and Banking

ECON 278 Industrial Organization and Firm Behavior

ECON 282 Investment Finance (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 222 The Politics of Food: Producers, Consumers and Citizenship

POSC 231 American Foreign Policy (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 288 Washington D.C.: A Global Conversation Part I (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 289 Washington D.C. Seminar: A Global Conversation Part II (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 293 Washington D.C. Seminar: Global Conservation Internship (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 366 Urban Political Economy* (not offered in 2013-2014)

SOAN 210 Principles of Demography (not offered in 2013-2014)

SOAN 215 Social Welfare (not offered in 2013-2014)

SOAN 221 Law and Society (not offered in 2013-2014)

SOAN 229 Demography of the Family (not offered in 2013-2014)

SOAN 280 Statistical Tools for Quantitative Reasoning (not offered in 2013-2014)

World Trade and Development:

ECON 221 Cambridge Program: Contemporary British Economy

ECON 222 Cambridge Program: The Industrial Revolution in Britain

ECON 233 European Economic History

ENTS 271 Environmental Economics and Policy

HIST 257 Urban History in Beijing and Beyond Program: History of Urban China and Korea

HIST 347 The Global Cold War

POSC 244 The Politics of the Celtic Fringe (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 264 Politics of Contemporary China

POSC 267 Comparative Foreign Policy (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 268 Global Environmental Politics and Policy

POSC 322 Neoliberalism and the New Left in Latin America*

POSC 333 Global Social Changes and Sustainability* (not offered in 2013-2014)

POSC 338 Politics of Inequality and Poverty*

POSC 364 Capitalism and Its Critics*

POSC 383 Identity and Belonging in the New Europe: Politics of the European

SOAN 234 Ecology, Economy, and Culture (not offered in 2013-2014)

SOAN 239 Explorations in Social Data Analysis

SOAN 280 Statistical Tools for Quantitative Reasoning (not offered in 2013-2014)

Upper Level Seminar Requirement: (one course)

POSC 322 Neoliberalism and the New Left in Latin America*

POSC 338 Politics of Inequality and Poverty*

POSC 361 Approaches to Development*

POSC 364 Capitalism and Its Critics*

POSC 365 Political Economy of Global Tourism*

POSC 366 Urban Political Economy* (not offered in 2013-2014)