The Political Economy Concentration

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 to (1) get a grounding in political science and economics, and perhaps a third discipline, sociology; (2) specialize in either American Public Policy or World Trade and Development; and (3) integrate their studies in a final senior seminar that cuts across the different fields of specialization. Students who double-major in ECON and Political Science/International Relations are not permitted to declare a concentration in POEC.

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 or POSC 263 European Political Economy

plus one course from:

ECON 250 History of Economic Ideas
HIST 141 Europe in the Twentieth Century
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
POSC 201 National Policymaking
SOAN 220 Class, Power, and Inequality in America

or World Trade and Development:

ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development
ECON 241 Growth and Development
ECON 280 International Trade
ECON 281 International Finance
POSC 266 Urban Political Economy


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
ECON 246 Economics of Welfare
ECON 262 Economics of Sports
ECON 264 Health Economicst
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
POSC 222 Politics of Food
POSC 231 American Foreign Policy
POSC 288 Washington: A Global Conversation Pt I
POSC 289 Washington: A Global Conversation Pt II
SOAN 215 Social Welfare
SOAN 221 Law and Society

World Trade and Development:

ECON 221 Cambridge: Contemporary British Economy
ECON 222 Cambridge: Industrial Revolution in Britain
ECON 233 European Economic History
ECON 284 Economic Development in Japan
ECON 271 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
HIST 257 History of Chinese Capitalism
HIST 347 The Global Cold War
POSC 244 The Politics of the Celtic Fringe
POSC 264 Politics of Contemporary China
POSC 267 Comparative Foreign Policy
POSC 268 International Environmental Politics and Policy
POSC 322 Neoliberalism and the New Left in Latin America
POSC 333 Global Social Changes and Sustainability
POSC 334 Global Public Health
POSC 337 Politic Economy of Happiness
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 378 Social Changes in Southeast Asia
POSC 379 Diversity of Social Ecological Systems in Southeast Asia
POSC 383 Identity and Belonging in the New Europe: Politics of the European Union
SOAN 217 Capitalism, Consumption and Culture
SOAN 234 Ecology, Economy, and Culture
SOAN 239 Social Statistics


Upper Level Seminar Requirement: (one course)

POSC 322 Neoliberalism and the New Left in Latin America
POSC 334 Global Public Health
POSC 337 Political Economy of Happiness
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