The information presented here is as of 7/29/2011.
POLITICAL ECONOMY (Div. II)
Chair, Professor DAREL E. PAUL
Advisory Committee: Professors: GOLLIN, MAHON, MARCUS, MONTIEL, SWAMY. Associate Professors: BAKIJA, PAUL.
The Political Economy major is designed to give students a grasp of the ways in which political and economic forces interact in shaping public policy. The major includes substan-
tial study of the central analytical approaches in both Political Science and Economics and seeks to surmount the sometimes artificial barriers of specialization that may characterize
either discipline taken by itself. Three of the required Political Economy courses undertake a conscious merging of the approaches in the two fields. (These courses are designed by,
and usually are taught jointly by, political scientists and economists.) Political Economy 250 examines major theoretical texts in political economy and analyzes economic liberalism
and critiques of economic liberalism in the context of current policy issues. Political Economy 401 examines contemporary issues in political economy in their domestic, comparative
and international contexts. Political Economy 402 asks students to research and make proposals in policy areas of current importance. Background for the two senior courses is
acquired through courses in international economics, public finance, and domestic and international/comparative politics and policy.
Students in Political Economy 402 visit Washington, D.C. Sunday night through Wednesday of the first week of spring vacation to conduct interviews relating to their Political
Economy 402 group projects. This is a course requirement and thus a requirement for the major.
(Note: Beginning with the class of 2012, Political Economy majors must complete one course with a substantial experiential education component and related to
Four Introductory Courses
ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics