Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why major in Political Economy, rather than double-majoring in Political Science and Economics or just majoring in one while taking a lot of courses in the other?

The Political Economy major is both more and less than either Economics or Political Science. In eleven courses, it obviously cannot match the breadth or depth of coverage of two majors totaling eighteen. Majoring in either Economics or Political Science (or both) would typically require you to get deeper into the more advanced methodologies that are particular to each discipline, although you could still do that if you are so inclined by majoring in POEC while also taking the more advanced courses in one or the other of the disciplines as a supplement.

On the other hand, Political Economy is more than the other two majors in its three core courses. POEC 250 and POEC 401 bring the different disciplines and professors together in the classroom, sparking lively discussions, while POEC 402 offers a rare opportunity for collective and original analysis of student-selected policy issues. In fact, this senior spring seminar is the definitive intellectual experience for all Political Economy majors and is unlike anything in Economics or Political Science.

2. What do Political Economy majors do after graduation?

A lot of things. Many go on to Wall Street or consulting, sometimes doing an MBA and a career in business. Others go to law school, earn a Master’s degree in Public Policy, or other graduate degrees. Still others make their way to teaching, positions in government, and work with non-governmental organizations.

3. How many people major in Political Economy each year?

Since 2015, the number of majors per graduating class has ranged between 7 and 20, with an average of 16.

4. What classes should I take in my first year?

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4. Do Political Economy majors go abroad?

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5. What does it take to graduate with honors in Political Economy?

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