The major in Political Economy requires eleven courses as follows:

Three of the following four foundational courses in the Government department:

  • U.S. Political Systems (GOVT-020 or GOVT-120*)
  • Comparative Political Systems (GOVT-040)
  • International Relations (GOVT-060)
  • Elements of Political Theory (GOVT-080 or GOVT-180)

*Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP American Government exam may substitute a “sequential” course in American Politics for GOVT-020. These courses are marked with the “College/GOVT AmPol Seq” attribute in the Schedule of Classes.

Four foundational courses in Economics:

  • Intermediate Micro (ECON-101)*
  • Intermediate Macro (ECON-102) or International Finance (ECON-244)*
  • Economic Statistics (ECON-121)
  • Intro to Econometrics (ECON-122)

    * Note: These intermediate courses have prerequisites of Microeconomic Principles and Macroeconomic Principles, as well as Calculus I.

Four courses in Political Economy:

  • Analytical Tools for Political Economy (PECO-201)
  • Two Political Economy electives
  • Senior Capstone in Political Economy (PECO-401) or one additional PECO 300 or 400-level elective that includes a research paper

Integrated Writing Requirement

Effective expression of ideas through written work is an essential requirement of the major. Political economists develop models and statistical tools to facilitate analysis. The PECO major requires that students build, solve, test, and present political-economic models. To do this well requires that students achieve transparency and clarity of ideas in their written work. To help students achieve this goal the political economy program requires all PECO majors to take a political economy course that requires a research paper which serves to guide students through the arduous process of creating and communicating (in written form) original research. The research paper for this major is expected to analyze a theoretical or empirical puzzle relevant to political economy.

Graduating with Honors

In order to graduate with honors in Political Economy, a student must:

  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.33 and a grade point average of 3.67 in the major by the date of graduation.
  • Write an honors-quality thesis in the Capstone Course PECO-401. The paper must receive a grade of “A” from the professor(s) teaching PECO-401 and must also be approved as of “honors quality” by a designated committee.