Economics Major (Political Economy Track)

The track in Political Economy emphasizes the roots of modern economics in the history of economic thought and the interconnections between social forces, political institutions, and economic power. This track constitutes an excellent preparation for a variety of professional schools and careers. 

It is easiest to understand the requirements for the major in Economics (Political Economy Track) by reference to the Major Requirement Declaration Form. Take special note of the five dimensions of the major. Keeping these five dimensions in mind will help you to plan your program, and to avoid the most common missteps on the road to completion of the major. (See Tips and Caveats.)  


Sequential Character Common Core Quantitative Dimension Interdisciplinary Thematic Focus Thematic Focus


Course Title Course Number When Taken
Intro to Economic Reasoning1 ECON BC1003 Year 1
Math Methods for Economics2 ECON BC1007 1
Intermediate Macro Theory3 ECON BC3033 2
Intermediate Micro Theory4 ECON BC3035 2
Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy ECON BC3041 2
1. Interdisciplinary Elective (or Statistics for Economics --Required for Class of 2021 and later) (ECON BC2411) 2/3
2. Linked Interdisciplinary Elective   2/3
3. Linked Upper-Level InterdisciplinaryElective   2/3
1. Open Economics Elective   2/3
2. Upper-Level Economics Elective   3
3. Upper-Level Economics Elective   3
Senior Thesis I or Senior Seminar   4
Senior Thesis II or Upper-Level Elective   4

1 ECON UN1105 (at Columbia) may be substituted for BC1003

2 Calculus I (MATH UN1101) may be substituted for ECON BC1007 to satisfy the Math Methods requirement.

3 ECON UN3213 (at Columbia) may be substituted for BC3033

4 ECON UN3211 (at Columbia) may be substituted for BC3035.