Political Economy Department Minors

International Development Political Economy Pre-Law

International Development Minor

PEAKS | Social Science & History |

The International Development minor is designed for students interested in development and related issues such as economic growth, poverty, globalization, culture change, and political order. Grounded in the discipline of Political Economy, this minor is an excellent field for students interested in how society organizes itself through government, the market, and non-governmental actors. As a minor program, it is a useful complement to other major and minors in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Professional Studies. Students with primary interests in this topic should consider the International Political Economy major. The minor consists of 16-17 credits, inclusive of a 1 credit Independent Study course in ATH-494 or POE-494 in which students

International Development Minor

16 - 17 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

POE-120

International Politics

3

POE-263 or
POE-299T

Introduction to Political Economy or
Poverty in Africa and Asia

4
3

POE-494 or
ATH-494

Independent Study

1

Complete 2 courses from the following:

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

POE-302

Economic Development

3

POE-351

Politics of Developing Countries

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

ATH-249

Natives of South America

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-360

Comparative Politics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

POE-376

International Economics

3

POE-380

International Political Economy

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Assist students to distinguish development from economic growth and to appreciate its conceptual and theoretical complexity. Assist students to understand the political-economic and cultural dimensions of development approaches and policies.
  • Assist students to understand development through cross-cultural comparison

NOTE: To complete the minor, students must also revise a paper written in one of the minor courses as a starred paper and submit it to all faculty members who service the minor. This non-credit requirement is to demonstrate satisfactory research and writing abilities within the minor.

Political Economy Minor

PEAKS | Social Science & History |

Political Economy involves analyzing and explaining the ways in which government affects the allocation of scarce resources in society through public policies AND the ways the economic system affects the policies created by government. In this program, students are required to develop critical reasoning skills while recognizing the importance of economic, political, and philosophical principles in the process of developing a better understanding of how Western and non-Western societies interact with each other and provide for their material well-being.

Political Economy is an excellent field for students interested in how society organizes itself through government, the market, and non-governmental actors. It is a fine complement for programs that are affected by political economic forces both domestically and globally.

Political Economy

16 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 ELEC

300-Level Political Economy Elective Course

3

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

Pre-Law Minor

PEAKS | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

The Pre-Law Minor is meant to create a foundation in preparation for a career in law. As a professional enhancement minor, the Pre Law Minor is further designed to help prepare students to succeed in law school. Through the minor students will be introduced to the American political system, precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and philosophical/ethical frameworks for judging legal questions.

Pre-Law Minor

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

POE-250

Introduction to Political Philosophy

3

POE-300

Constitutional Law I

3

POE-301 or
BUS-391

Constitutional Law II or
Legal Environment

3

Complete 1 course from the following (Department recommended courses -

ENG-219, ENG-235 or ENG-324)

ENG-200 Level or
ENG-300 Level

Introduction to Literary Studies Course or
Theory and Methods Course

3

Complete 1 Ethics course from the following:

PHI-201

The Good Life

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Help prepare students for a career in law by introducing them to the American political system, precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and philosophical/ethical frameworks for judging legal questions
  • Help prepare students for law school by teaching them how to brief a constitutional law case and become comfortable and competent in reading and understanding constitutional jurisprudence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

There are multiple pathways to law school. No particular major is recommended. Indeed law schools accept students who have majored in everything from Music to Environmental Studies. Regardless of the major, students would benefit from courses in several disciplines not equired for the minor including: International Relations, History, Sociology, and Environmental Studies.