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Political Economy Major

36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

POE-100 or
POE-241

Essentials of American Government or
Introduction to Public Policy

3

POE-120

International Politics

3

POE-250

Introduction to Political Philosophy

3

POE-263

Introduction to Political Economy

4

POE-299

Evidence, Proof, and Knowledge

3

POE-498

Senior Seminar

3

POE ELEC

Political Economy elective credits

17

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • To provide opportunities for students to reassess personal values regarding economic and
  • political issues.
  • To provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding of economic and political principles within a broad global societal context and to give them feedback that evaluates their personal understanding
  • To require students to develop the ability to express both orally and in writing, complex and
  • and personally developed positions regarding political and economic matters.
  • To require students to develop an understanding of major political/economic philosophies
  • and questions of justice and to provide opportunities for students to struggle with questions of
  • justice regarding public policies in a global environment.
  • To require our majors to develop the perspective and sufficient analytical methods needed to
  • develop the proficiency required to conduct actual research of issues containing strong
  • economic and political content.

The thesis topic, definition of terms, method of analysis and bibliography must be carefully planned and approved by the Department at the conclusion of the junior year and successful completion of POE-299. During the senior year, students writing a thesis will enroll in POE-480, which partially fulfills the 400-level seminar requirement.