Major Requirements

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Two Introductory Economics Courses
ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics

Two Introductory Political Science Courses
For students in the class of 2019 and earlier:
PSCI 201 Power, Politics, and Democracy in America
or PSCI 203 Introduction to Political Theory

PSCI 202 World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations
or PSCI 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics: State, Nation, and Democracy

For students in the class of 2020 and later:
PSCI 201 Power, Politics, and Democracy in America

PSCI 202 World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations
or PSCI 203 Introduction to Political Theory
or PSCI 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics: State, Nation, and Democracy

One Empirical Methods Course
POEC 253 Empirical Methods in Political Economy
or ECON 255 Econometrics

Three Political Economy Program Courses
POEC 250/ECON 299/PSCI 238 Economic Liberalism and Its Critics
POEC 401 Contemporary Problems in Political Economy
POEC 402 Political Economy of Public Policy Issues

Three Elective Courses
NOTE: students must take at least one elective in Economics and at least one elective in Political Science; the third elective may come from either Economics or Political Science.
Please see the online catalog for up-to-date information on which courses are being offered in the current year.

One Comparative Political Economy/General Public Policy Course
ECON 204/ENVI 234 Economics of Developing Countries
or ECON/ENVI 213 Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
or ECON 222 Economics of the Arts and Culture
or ECON 225T Global Financial Crisis and African Economic Development
or ECON/ENVI 228T Water as a Scarce Resource
or ECON 232 Financial Markets, Institutions, and Policies
or ECON 233 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
or ECON 235 Urban Centers and Urban Systems
or ECON 240T Colonialism and Underdevelopment in South Asia
or ECON 361/ECON 524 Political Economy and Economic Development
or ECON 363 Money and Banking
or ECON 378 Long-Run Perspectives on Economic Growth
or ECON 380/ECON 519 Population Economics
or ECON 381 Global Health Policy Challenges
or ECON/ENVI 386/ECON 518 Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Policy
or ECON/ENVI 387/ECON 522 Economics of Climate Change
or ECON/ENVI 388/ECON 517 Urbanization and Development
or ECON 390T/ECON 536T Financial Crises: Causes and Cures
or ECON 453 Research in Labor Economics
or ECON 455 Research in Economic History
or ECON 465 Pollution and the Labor Market
or ECON 477 Economics of Environmental Behavior
or ECON 470 The Indian Economy: Development and Social Justice
or ECON 501 Development Economics I
or ECON 504 Public Economics
or ECON 505 Developing Country Macroeconomics
or ECON 510/ECON 352 Financial Development and Regulation
or ECON 511 Institutions and Governance
or ECON 514/ECON 389 Tax Policy in Emerging Markets
or ECON 532T Inclusive Growth: The Role of Social Safety Nets
or ECON 534T Long Term Fiscal Challenges
or ENVI/PSCI 283 Dirty Politics: Regulating Hazardous Chemicals and Waste
or ENVI/HSCI/SCST 309/PSCI 301 Environmental Politics and Policy
or PSCI 224 Neo-Liberalism: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
or PSCI/SOC 241 Meritocracy
or PSCI 243/AFR 256 Politics of Africa
or PSCI 247 Political Power in Contemporary China
or PSCI 253/AFR 253 Comparative Race and Ethnic Politics
or PSCI 254 Democracy in Comparative and Theoretical Perspective
or PSCI 268 Israeli Politics
or PSCI 340 Why States Fail: Political Violence at the End of the 20th Century
or PSCI 341 Modern Midas? Resource Abundance and Development
or PSCI 350T Comparative Political Economy
or PSCI 351 The New Left and Neoliberalism in Latin America
or PSCI 354/ASST 245/HIST 318 Nationalism in East Asia

One U.S. Political Economy and Public Policy course:
ECON 203/WGSS 205 Gender and Economics
or ECON 205 Public Economics
or ECON 209 Labor Economics
or ECON 220 American Economic History
or ECON 229 Law and Economics
or ECON 230 Economics of Health and Health Care
or ECON 351 Tax Policy
or ECON 374T Poverty and Public Policy
or ECON 383 Cities, Regions and the Economy
or ECON 456 Income Distribution
or ECON 457 Public Economics Research Seminar
or ECON 468 Your Money or Your Life: Health Disparities in the United States
or ENVI 307/PSCI 317 Environmental Law
or PSCI 208T Wealth in America
or PSCI/WGSS 209 Poverty in America: Dangerous Politics
or PSCI 214 Racial & Ethnic Politics in America
or PSCI 216 American Constitutionalism I: Structures of Power
or PSCI 217 American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties
or PSCI/LEAD 218 The American Presidency
or PSCI 308 In Search of the American State
or PSCI/LEAD 311 Congress
or PSCI/LEAD 314 Leadership in American Political Development
or PSCI 315 Parties in American Politics
or PSCI 316 Policy Making Process

One International Political Economy course:
ECON 215/INST 315 Globalization
or ECON 219 Global Economic History
or ECON 358 International Trade
or ECON 360 International Monetary Economics
or ECON 393 International Macroeconomics
or ECON 514/ECON 389 Tax Policy in Emerging Markets
or ECON 515/ECON 359 Developing Country Macroeconomics II
or ECON 516/ECON 366 International Trade and Development
or ECON 535T International Financial Institutions
or ENVI/PSCI 328 Global Environmental Politics
or MAST/ENVI 351/PSCI 319 Marine Policy
or PSCI 222 Refugees and the International System
or PSCI 223 International Law
or PSCI 228 International Organization
or PSCI 229 Global Political Economy
or PSCI 265 The International Politics of East Asia
or PSCI 323 The Geopolitics of Energy
or PSCI 324 International Legitimation
or WGSS 211/ECON 211 Gender in the Global Economy

Experiential Education Requirement

In light of the public policy orientation of the program, all majors are also required to complete one course with a substantial experiential education component which is related to the making or effect of public policy. The purpose of the experiential education requirement is for the student to get out into the world and interact with people in cases where the stakes are real, often involving some element of community service or participation in the political process or in the making of or analysis of public policy, in order to learn something about public policy that one cannot get from a purely academic experience. This requirement must be fulfilled prior to taking POEC 402. It can be fulfilled through a regular semester-length course (which might also serve as an elective in the major), a winter study course, a study abroad academic internship, a winter study internship, or a summer internship. The chair distributes a list of approved experiential courses to majors at the beginning of each academic year. For an internship to satisfy the requirement, its focus must be the making or effect of public policy. Approval of the chair is required to use an internship to fulfill this requirement.