Despite the fact that Political Economy requires more courses than the typical major, many Political Economy majors go abroad. Since POEC 250 and POEC 253 are offered in the fall, students considering spending only one semester abroad often find spring to be the better choice. Nonetheless, many students study away for the fall or the whole year. Political Economy majors have often been overrepresented in Williams at Oxford.
Your empirical methods course (POEC 253 or ECON 255) must be completed before the end of junior year, because it is a prerequisite for POEC 401 (which must be taken during fall of senior year). In addition, POEC 250 and POEC 253 are only offered in the fall. If you expect to be away during the fall of your junior year, it is critical that you either: (a) take POEC 253 fall of your sophomore year; or (b) complete MATH 130 as well as STAT 161 or 201 early enough that you can take ECON 255 (which is offered every semester) before the end of junior year. In addition, if you expect to be away fall of junior year, it is a good idea to take POEC 250 fall of sophomore year. The easiest major credits to obtain abroad are the electives in Political Science and Economics. The Program offers major credit for one course per semester abroad.