Despite the fact that Political Economy requires more courses than the typical major, plenty of Political Economy majors go abroad. Since many students take POEC 250 in the fall of the junior year, if you’re thinking of spending only one semester abroad, spring is the better choice. Nonetheless, many students go away for the fall or the whole year. Political Economy majors have often been overrepresented in Williams at Oxford.
If you do go abroad in the fall, you should take POEC 250 in your sophomore year if at all possible. We also strongly encourage majors to take POEC 253 or ECON 255 before senior year, so you should consider this when planning your courses. You’ll probably want to get some major credits when abroad. The easiest to get are upper–level electives in political science and economics. You must consult with the chair of Political Economy when planning your study abroad in order to ensure that you will be able to complete your major as planned.