Major Requirements

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Two Introductory Economics Courses
[1] ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics
[2] ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics

Two Introductory Political Science Courses
[3] PSCI 201 Power, Politics, and Democracy in America
[4] 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
[5] POEC 253 Empirical Methods in Political Economy
or ECON 255 Econometrics

Three Political Economy Program Courses
[6] POEC 250/ECON 299/PSCI 238 Economic Liberalism and Its Critics
[7] POEC 401 Contemporary Problems in Political Economy
[8] 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
[9] Examples
ECON 233 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
PSCI 246 The Politics of Capitalism
PSCI 248T The USA in Comparative Perspective

One U.S. Political Economy and Public Policy Course
[10] Examples
ECON 205 Public Economics
PSCI 209 Poverty in America
PSCI 316 Policy Making Process

One International Political Economy Course
[11] Examples
ECON 215 Globalization
ECON 389 Tax Policy in Global Perspective
PSCI 229 Global Political Economy

Experiential Education Requirement
[12] 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. 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.