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Political Economy - Specialized Field

Courses used to satisfy requirements in other fields may not be used to satisfy Political Economy requirements. Completion of at least five courses as follows:

Requirements for the MA

1. Completion of three courses: two Foundation courses and one specialized seminar OR one Foundation course and two specialized seminars.

Requirements for the PhD

1. Two additional courses from the specialized seminars list OR one specialized seminar and one course which has been approved by petition.

Political Economy Required Foundation Courses

  • POLS 583 Economic Theories of Politics (5 credits)
  • POLS 522 International Political Economy (5 credits)
  • POLS 584 Comparative Political Economy (5 Credits)

Specialized Course List

  • POLS 582 Institutional Analysis (5 credits)
  • POLS 586 Topics in International Political Economy (5, max 10)
  • POLS 588 Special Topics in Comparative Political Economy (5, max 10 credits)
  • POLS 589 Special Topics in Political Economy (3-5, max 10 credits)

Possible Alternate Course List

  • ECON 403 The Economics of Property Rights (5 credits)
  • POLS 409 Undergraduate Seminar in Political Economy (5 credits)
  • POLS 447 Comparative Politics Seminar (5 credits)

Comprehensive Field Exam Structure:

Open book collective exam – schedule each exam during the week of the quarter to which the field has been assigned below. Reach out ASAP if the assigned week will not work for whatever reason.

Week 5 - CP exam 
Week 7 - PE exam 
Week 8 - IR exam 

Oral exams take place during weeks 9 and 10 of the quarter. Reach out to your committee to schedule the exam.

Week 9 - Oral exam 
Week 10 – Oral exam