Declaration in or after Fall 2015

Last update: Novemeber 2023


Major Coordinator

Masaki Kakizaki (

Certificate Overview

This is a joint program offered by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics leading to certificate of specialization in political economy.

The purpose of the Political Economy program is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to study more intensely the relationship between the political and economic spheres of society. The program is based on the belief that a focused examination of this relationship provides us with a better understanding of several social phenomena. Chief among these is a better understanding of public policy choices and the policy making process, as well as a better understanding of how government actions affect the process of economic change and vice versa.

For these reasons the Political Science and Economics departments offer an interdisciplinary certificate in Political Economy. The program is open to all matriculated undergraduate students. Applicants do not have to be declared majors in either economics or political science. The Political Economy program provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and for the study of law.

Certificate Requirement

The program consists of two components: required core courses at the lower-division level and elective courses at the upper-division level.

Core Courses

All students must take the following core courses:

  Course Title Credits
Economics 1101 / 1901 Macroeconomic Principles 3
Economics 1102 / 1902 Microeconomic Principles 3
Political Science 1101 / 1911 The American Political System 3
Select one of the following: 3
Political Science 1201 / 1921 Foreign Governments and Politics  
Political Science 1301 / 1931 International Politics  



All students must successfully complete (grade of C- or better) four courses from the following list. Two of the four courses must be in economics, and two courses must be in political science. Students should select courses that correspond to their own substantive interests and are encouraged to take cognate areas (e.g., if you choose international politics courses, also choose international economics courses). Students should plan their schedules well in advance, since some courses are not offered each semester.

  Course Title Credits
Select two of the following: 6
Economics 3511 The Economics and Management of Privatization  
Economics 3512 Public Finance  
Economics 3513 Economics of State and Local Governments  
Economics 3531 History of Economic Theory  
Economics 3535 Public Control of Business: Antitrust  
Economics 3536 Economics of American Industry  
Economics 3545 Economics of Labor Markets  
Economics 3546 Women in the Economy  
Economics 3547 Economics of Development and Growth  
Economics 3563 International Trade  
Economics 3564 International Monetary Economics  
Economics 3596* / 3506 Energy, Ecology, and Economy  
Economics 3597* / 3507 Health Economics  
Select two of the following: 6
Political Science 2102 American State and Local Politics  
Political Science 2103 U.S. Public Policy Making  
Political Science 2201 Comparative Politics: Developing Nations  
Political Science 2321 Politics of the Global Economy  
Political Science 2441 Democracy, Capitalism, and Socialism  
Political Science 3134 The Politics of Inequality  
Political Science 3151 Public Policy Analysis  
Political Science 3152 U.S. Environmental Policy  
Political Science 3155 Business and Public Policy  
Political Science 3196* / 3131 Urban Politics & Problems  
Political Science 3252 East Asia and the United States  
Political Science 3265 International Environmental Policy  

*Writing intensive courses.