Political Economy 2022-23

The Political Economy major is designed to give students a grasp of how political and economic forces interact to shape public policy. POEC majors study the central analytical approaches in both Political Science and Economics and seek to surmount the sometimes artificial barriers of specialization that may characterize a single discipline. Three of the required POEC courses, usually taught jointly by political scientists and economists, consciously merge approaches from the two fields. POEC 250 examines major theoretical texts in political economy and analyzes economic liberalism and critiques of economic liberalism in the context of policy issues; POEC 401 examines contemporary issues in political economy in their domestic, comparative and international contexts; and POEC 402 asks students to research and propose policy interventions. The major requires, as part of POEC 402, a class trip to Washington, DC during the first Sunday–Wednesday of spring break for project-related interviews. The two senior courses build on nine courses taken in international, domestic and comparative economics, politics and policy: four introductory courses in ECON and PSCI, an empirical methods course, POEC 250 (or ECON 255), and three electives across the two disciplines. Given the program’s public policy orientation, majors are required to complete one course or internship with a substantial experiential education component related to public policy. More information can be found at the Political Economy Program website.

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