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Political Economy

Political economy is an interdisciplinary field of study that has its roots in the intellectual tradition of enlightenment moral philosophy, the Marxist political project of social analysis of capitalism, conservative public choice theory, and liberal approaches to public policy. In some accounts, political economy involves “things that have too much politics to be economics, too much history to be politics, too much sociology to be history, and too much economics to be sociology.” Political economy examines the possibilities and constraints furnished by social structures, institutions, ideologies, and culture within and across societies and looks at the interplay of economic and political forces in the social arena. It provides students with conceptual and methodological frameworks that help them critically examine the interplay between market forces and public policy actors and factors. As students develop their analytical skills of economics and politics and their interrelationships, they are encouraged to keep, in a humanistic tradition, a sustained reflection on fundamental values.

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, political economy majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 52

Core Requirements in the Major
36 credits toward the major
PECO 105 Foundations of Political Economy* (4 credits)
PECO 110 Principles of Economics* (4 credits)
PECO 210 U.S. Political System (4 credits)
PECO 220 Intermediate Micro- and Macro-Economics (4 credits)
PECO 270 Political Economy Theory (4 credits)
PECO 350 Public Policy (4 credits)
PECO 315 Environmental Economics (4 credits)
MATH 330 Statistics (4 credits)
SSC 490 Social Science Research Methods (4 credits)
SSC 494 Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences (4 credits)
SSC 495 Senior Project in the Social Sciences (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Intermediate Courses in PECO: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
PECO 280 Global Political Economy
(4 credits)
or ANTH 205 Philosophy and Religion (4 credits)
Also listed as PHIL 205
ANTH 210 Language and Culture (4 credits)
ANTH 220 Contemporary Indigenous Peoples (4 credits)
ANTH 225 Visual Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as ARTS 225
ANTH 290 Independent Study (Intermediate) (4 credits)
PSYC 210 Ecopsychology (4 credits)
PSYC 225 Developmental Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 230 Personality Theories (4 credits)
PSYC 235 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 240 Somatic Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 242 Cognitive Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 250 Depth Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 252 Community Mental Health (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in PECO: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
PECO 310 Anthropology of Globalization (4 credits)
Also listed as ANTH 310
PECO 320 Labor Economics (4 credits)
PECO 330 Political Economy of Race and Gender (4 credits)
PECO 340 Political Economy of Not-for-Profits (4 credits)
PECO 350 Public Policy (4 credits)
PECO 390 Special Topics in Political Economy (4 credits)
PECO 399 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in ANTH or PSYC: Choose 2
8 credits toward the major
ANTH 305 Anthropology of Space and Place (4 credits)
ANTH 310 Anthropology of Globalization (4 credits)
Also listed as PECO 310
ANTH 315 Psyche, Myth & Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as PSYC 315
ANTH 320 Anthropology of Healing (4 credits)
ANTH 325 Anthropology of Work (4 credits)
ANTH 345 Reading Ethnography as Theory I (4 credits)
ANTH 350 Reading Ethnography as Theory II (4 credits)
ANTH 360 Writing Culture (4 credits)
ANTH 370 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology (4 credits)
ANTH 390 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)
PSYC 315 Psyche, Myth & Culture (4 credits)
Also listed as ANTH 315
PSYC 320 Political and Ethical Issues in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 350 Intersectional Identities in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 385 Psychological Assessments & Measurement (4 credits)
PSYC 390 The Art of Psychological Inquiry (4 credits)
PSYC 395 Special Topics in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 400 Basic Therapeutic Skills (4 credits)
PSYC 405 Group Theory and Dynamics (4 credits)
PSYC 430 Critical Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 440 Independent Study (Advanced) (4 credits)