Providing Tools for Political and Economic Decisions

The combined economics/political science major provides students rigorous preparation in both economic theory and applications with in-depth analysis of political theory.

Students will gain an insight in a variety of areas including trade, monetary systems and the interplay between politics and economics.

Detailed Program of Study

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Why Economics/ Political Science?

The study of Economics provides insights into decision-making, market outcomes and the functioning of the overall economy. Political Science is concerned with the structure and function of both domestic and international political systems, and engaging questions associated with American politics, international politics, public policy and political theory. The combined Economics / Political Science major provides students with rigorous preparation in both economic theory and applications, and political processes at the national and international levels. By combining coursework in Economics and Political Science, students gain an interdisciplinary perspective important to understanding both political and economic issues. Students are trained in research methods used in Economics and Political Science, giving them interdisciplinary tools for problem solving and policy making. Students in this program will gain insight into a variety of areas including trade, monetary systems, development, and the interplay between politics and economics within the U.S. and the international system.

The combination of economics and political science is extremely beneficial to students who aspire to to work in government or legal positions. Many students majoring in economics/political science go on to law school, graduate school and into the professions.

For more information please see a video made by the American Economics Association: "A Career in Economics...it's Much More Than You Think"

Plan of Study

For a complete Program of Study see the university catalog.

Flowchart of Econ courses, which are described in text in the University Catalog link on this page.

Please download and read carefully the 2021-22 ECON-PLSC Plan of Study. This includes a flowchart for the required courses and will also serve as your planned course schedule when submitting your paperwork for your senior evaluation for graduation.

For help with planning your courses, please see your advisor or the department office.

* The sequence of classes which must be taken to earn your degree within four years.  A class on the critical path cannot be started until you've taken the previous class.  If these classes are delayed, it is more difficult to graduate on time.

The required courses build a strong foundation of economic and political science theory. One course with a Communication Focus (CF) as well as a minimum of three Writing Proficiency (WP-3) points are required. The CF course must be taken within CBE, while the WP requirement can be met with courses from any of the combined major departments. These requirements can be met as part of required or elective courses.

Students often complete courses that are equivalent to Math 124, Math 157 and DSCI 205. If you believe that you have completed an equivalent course and it has not transferred as equivalent, see the instructions for an equivalency evaluation.

General University Requirements (GUR)

Several of your prerequisite and required courses also count as GURs. Look for classes that are labeled as "GUR." By planning your schedule properly you can reduce the total number of classes needed.

  • Choose one from:
    • DSCI 205 - Business Statistics Credits: 4
    • MATH 240 - Introduction to Statistics Credits: 4
    • MATH 341 - Probability and Statistical Inference Credits: 4
  • ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics Credits: 4
  • ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics Credits: 4
  • ECON 303 - The History of Economic Thought Credits: 4
  • ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics Credits: 4
  • ECON 307 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Credits: 4
  • ECON 310 - Public Sector Economics Credits: 4
  • PLSC 250 - The American Political System Credits: 5
  • PLSC 261 - Introduction to Political Theory Credits: 5
  • One course from:
    • MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I Credits: 5
    • MATH 134 - Calculus I Honors Credits: 5
    • MATH 138 - Accelerated Calculus Credits: 5
    • MATH 157 - Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics Credits: 4 (or AP Calculus Exam with a score of 3 or better)
  • One course from:
    • PLSC 271 - Introduction to International Relations Credits: 5
    • PLSC 291 - Introduction to Comparative Politics Credits: 5
  • One course from:
    • PLSC 346 - Politics of Inequality Credits: 5
    • PLSC 372 - International Political Economy Credits: 5
    • PLSC 390 - The Politics of Development Credits: 5
  • One course from:
    • PLSC 427 - Politics of the Policy Process Credits: 4
    • PLSC 462 - The Rise of Modern Political Economy Credits: 4
  • One Course from:
    • ECON 491 - Issues in Political Economy Credits: 4
    • PLSC 491 - Issues in Political Economy Credits: 4

Economics American Politics & Public Policy Political Theory Field Political Science Electives
12 credits upper division 9 additional credits 4 additional credits 8-9 credits upper division

As an economics and political science combined major you are have the freedom to complete a further number credits of courses with departmental advisement. In your electives you may choose your course schedule within the following requirements:

  • 12 credits in upper-division economics
  • 9 additional credits from the following American Politics and Public Policy field:
    • PLSC 311 - Introduction to Law and the Legal System Credits: 5
    • PLSC 313 - Law, Courts, Politics, Society: Non-legal Perspectives of Law Credits: 5
    • PLSC 314 - The U.S. Supreme Court: Law and Politics Credits: 5
    • PLSC 321 - Queer and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Politics Credits: 5
    • PLSC 323 - African American Politics Credits: 4
    • PLSC 327 - Urban Politics and Policy in the U.S. Credits: 4
    • PLSC 345 - Women and Politics Credits: 5
    • PLSC 346 - Politics of Inequality Credits: 5 GUR: ACGM
    • PLSC 347 - Race, Politics and Public Policy Credits: 5
    • PLSC 348 - Environmental Justice Credits: 5
    • PLSC 353 - State and Local Politics Credits: 5
    • PLSC 366 - Research in Politics Credits: 5
    • PLSC 414 - Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers and Federalism Credits: 5
    • PLSC 415 - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties Credits: 5
    • PLSC 420 - Environmental Politics Credits: 5
    • PLSC 423 - The American Presidency Credits: 3
    • PLSC 427 - Politics of the Policy Process Credits: 4
    • PLSC 431 - Senior Seminar in American Politics and Public Policy Credits: 3-5
    • PLSC 449 - Politics and Social Change Credits: 4
    • PLSC 450 - Parties, Campaigns and Elections Credits: 4
    • PLSC 467 - Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Law Credits: 5
    • PLSC 489 - Managing An International Ecosystem Credits: 5
  • 4 additional credits from the following Political Theory field:
    • PLSC 361 - Classical Political Thought Credits: 4
    • PLSC 362 - Political Theory: Renaissance and Modern Credits: 4
    • PLSC 364 - Contemporary Political Theory Credits: 4
    • PLSC 432 - Senior Seminar - Political Theory Credits: 3-5
    • PLSC 462 - The Rise of Modern Political Economy Credits: 4
    • PLSC 463 - American Political Thought Credits: 4
    • PLSC 469 - Feminist Political Theory Credits: 4
    • PLSC 471 - Race and Political Theory Credits: 5
    • PLSC 472 - Comparative Political Thought Credits: 5
    • PLSC 473 - Politics and Culture Credits: 5
    • PLSC 480 - Politics, Government and Religion Credits: 4
    • PLSC 493 - Issues in Political Theory Credits: 4
  • 8-9 additional credits in upper-division political science electives, to complete the program.