Interdisciplinary Thematic Focus (Linking) - Political Economy Track

In the Political Economy Track, the innovation of “linking” the interdisciplinary electives to an economics elective aims to provide more structure for students as they select electives in related departments by establishing an explicit connection between the interdisciplinary electives and one of the economics electives the student has taken. Under the former policy, students’ choices of interdisciplinary electives in the Political Economy Track often followed no particular logic. We believe this new feature will result in a more meaningful and cohesive major.

The interdisciplinary thematic focus requirement is satisfied by taking 3 electives which meet the following criteria:

a) The interdisciplinary electives must be taken in a Related Area of Study, or an area approved by the major adviser. “Related Areas of Study” include related departments and interdisciplinary programs. Here is a list:

Related Areas of Study
Departments Regional or Interdisciplinary Programs
Anthropology American Studies
Environmental Science Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures
History Human Rights Studies
Philosophy Jewish Studies
Political Science Latin American Studies
Psychology Africana Studies
Sociology Science and Public Policy
  Spanish and Latin American Cultures
  Urban Studies
  Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies
  Athena Center

b) One of the three interdisciplinary electives must be at the 3000-level or higher.

c) Two of the interdisciplinary electives, including at least one at the 3000-level or higher, must be “linked” to one of the economics electives taken to fulfill the major requirement. See below for examples.

A “linked” interdisciplinary elective is one that addresses subject matter related in a thematic way to the subject matter of an economics elective. There are many possible ways to link a course. Interdisciplinary electives may all be taken in a single discipline or in more than one discipline. students are not limited to our suggestions. Whether a course qualifies as a linked course is subject to the approval of the major adviser, who will follow the criterion that the subject matter in the interdisciplinary electives should be related in a thematic way to the subject matter of one of the student’s economics electives. [NOTE: You can take the interdisciplinary electives at any time during your college career. Sometimes students take them before, sometimes after, and sometimes at the same time as, the Economics course to which they link. And of course they do not have to be taken in the same semester as each other.]

d) The third “unlinked” interdisciplinary elective may be satisfied by taking one course in any Related Area of Study or a statistics course, such as ECON BC2411, STAT UN1101, or equivalent. We recommend that all Political Economy track majors—especially those who plan to go on to business school or to graduate school in public administration or international relations—take Economics BC 2411 or equivalent. [NOTE: Beginning with the Class of 2021, Econ BC2411 Statistics for Economics, or the equivalent, will be required for Political Economy Track majors.  This will replace the open (non-linked) interdisciplinary elective]

Suggestions for Linking Interdisciplinary Electives to Economics Electives

Interdisciplinary electives : The three interdisciplinary electives may be taken from any Related Area of Study, or in an area approved by the major adviser. Two of the interdisciplinary electives must be “linked” to one of the economics electives taken to fulfill the major requirement, and at least one of the linked interdisciplinary electives must be at the 3000-level or higher.

Linking interdisciplinary electives to economics electives : If a course is “linked,” this means that it addresses subject matter that is related to the subject matter of the economics elective to which it is paired. There are many possible ways to link a course to an economics elective. Whether a course qualifies as a linked course must be approved by the student’s major adviser.

Here is a list of suggestions for Interdisciplinary Electives that link to Economics Elective Courses. It is NOT an exhaustive list. You should feel free to propose alternative courses that form similar links.

ECON BC 2010: The Economics of Gender

HIST BC 2681: Women and Gender in Latin America
HIST BC 2865: Gender and Power in China
SOC UN 3302:  Sociology of Gender
HIST BC 3870: Gender and Migration: A Global Perspective
HIST BC2500: Poverty, Race and Gender
POLS BC3402: Comparative Politics of Gender Inequality
HIST BC3788: Gender, Sexuality, and Power from Colonial to Contemporary Africa
ALCS BC3450: Women and Leadership
AFRS BC3121: Black Women in America

ECON BC 3011: Inequality and Poverty

HIST BC2500: Poverty, Race and Gender
POLS UN 3245: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
POLS UN 3313: American Urban Politics
SOCI UN 3235:  Social Movements
SOCI UN 3324:   Poverty, Inequality and Policy
SOCI UN 2400:  Comparative Perspectives on Inequality
HIST BC 4669:  Inequalities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Latin America
SOCI BC 3913:  Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. Law and Society
SOCI UN3914: Inequality, Poverty and Mobility
PSYC BC 3166: Social Conflict

ECON BC 3012: The Economics of Education

POLS UN 3313:   American Urban Politics
EDUC BC 2032: Contempoarary Issues in Education
HIST BC 3570:   Alma Mater: A History of American Colleges and Universities
SOCI UN 3225:   Sociology of Education
SOCI UN 3923:   Adolescent Society
AMST UN 3931:  Equity in Higher Education
HIST BC 4543:   Higher Learning in America 

ECON BC 3013: Economic History of the US

POLS BC 1402: Survey of American Civilization Since the Civil War
POLS UN 1201: Introduction to American Government & Politics
POLS UN 3240:  Race, Law, and American Politics
POLS BC 3200: American Political Development, 1789-1980 -- Or any course on aspects of the American political system
SOCI UN 3206:  Race, Culture, and Identity in the Contemporary United States
POLS UN 3313:  American Urban Politics
SOCI UN 3247: The Immigrant Experience

ECON BC 3017: Economics of Business Organization

SOCI UN 3216:   Organizations in Modern Society
SOCI BC 3903: Work and Culture
SOCI UN 3902:    Institutional Analysis in Organizations
POLS GU 4316:  The American Presidency
POLS BC 3331: Colloquium on American Political Decision making
PSYC BC 2151: Organizational Psychology

ECON BC 3024 Migration and Economic Change

HIST BC 2980: World Migration
SOCI BC3932: Climate Change, Global Migration, Human Rights

ECON BC 3029: Development Economics

POLS UN 3615: Globalization and International Politics
POLS GU 4496: Contemporary African Politics
POLS GU 4461:  Latin American Politics
POLS UN 3620:  Contemporary Chinese Politics
POLS GU 4435: Political Corruption and Governance

ECON BC 3038: International Money and Finance

POLS UN 1601:   International Politics
POLS UN 3633:   International Political Economy
POLS UN 3615:   Globalization and International Politics
HIST BC 3116:  The History of Money
POLS GU 4820:  International Relations of a Post-Western World
POLS BC 3500: Colloquium on Political Economy of Corruption and Its Control
POLS GU 4435:   Political Corruption and Governance 

ECON BC 3039: Environmental and Resource Economics

ANTH UN 3004:  Introduction to Environmental Anthropology
ANTH UN 3971: Environment and Cultural Behavior
SCPP BC 3333: Genetics, Biodiversity and Society
EESC BC 3032: Agricultural and Urban Land Use: Human-Environmental Interactions
EESC BC 3040: Environmental Law

ECON BC 3047: International Trade

POLS UN 1601: International Politics
POL UN 3615: Globalization and International Politics
POLS UN 3633: International Political Economy
HIST BC 3980: World Migration

ECON GU 4235: Historical Foundations of Modern Economics: Adam Smith to J.M. Keynes

PHIL UN 3653:   Mind and Morals;
POLS UN 1013:  Political Theory
HIST BC 3180:  Merchants, Pirates, and Slaves in the Making of Atlantic Capitalism
HIST BC 1302:  Introction to European History: French Revolution to the Present