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


PHIL UN 2110: Philosophy and Feminism
HIST BC 2500:  Poverty, Race and Gender
HIST BC 2681: Women and Gender in Latin America
HIST BC 2865: Gender and Power in China
HIST BC 2803: Gender and Empire
HIST BC 2567: Women, Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century U.S.
AFRS BC 3121: Black Women in America
PSYC BC 3153: Psychology and Women
POLS BC 3402: Comparative Politics of Gender Inequality
POLS BC 3445: Gender & Public Policy
ALCS BC 3450: Women and Leadership
HIST BC 3788: Gender, Sexuality, and Power from Colonial to Contemporary Africa
HIST BC 3870: Gender and Migration: A Global Perspective
SOCI BC 3935: Gender and Organizations

ECON BC2017: Intro to Health Economics

WMST BC 1050: Women and Health
PSYC BC 1088: The Science of Living Well
HIST UN 2523: Health Inequality: Modern U.S.
PSYC BC3373: Health Psychology
HRTS BC3850: Human Rights and Public Health


ECON BC 3011: Inequality and Poverty


HIST BC2500: Poverty, Race and Gender
HIST BC 2664: Reproducing Inequalities: Families in Latin American History
POLS UN 3213: American Urban Politics
SOCI UN 3235:  Social Movements
SOCI UN 3324:  Global Urbanism
POLS BC3402:  The Comparative Politics of Gender Inequality
HIST BC 3669:  Inequalities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Latin America
HIST BC 3805: Caste, Power, and Inequality
SOCI UN3921: Higher Education and Inequality
SOCI GU4028: Gender and Inequality in the Family
PSYC BC 3166: Social Conflict

ECON BC 3012: The Economics of Education

 

PHIL UN2100: Philosophy of Education
EDUC BC 2032: Contempoarary Issues in Education
HIST BC 2570:  Alma Mater: A History of American Colleges and Universities
EDUC BC3040:  Migration, Globalization, and Education
POLS UN 3213:  American Urban Politics
SOCI UN 3225:  Sociology of Education
SOCI UN3921:  Higher Education and Inequality
SOCI UN 3923:  Adolescent Society
SOCI UN3974:  Sociology of Schools, Teaching and Learning
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
HIST BC 2180: Merchants, Pirates, and Slaves in the Making of Atlantic Capitalism
HIST BC 2401: Politics of Crime and Policing in the US
HIST BC2413: The United States, 1940-1975
POLS BC3019: American Political Development

POLS UN 3225: American Constitutional History
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 3019 Labor Economics

HIST BC 2101: History of Capitalism
HIST BC 3119: Capitalism and Enlightenment
HIST BC 3500: Maids and Madams: Nannies, Maids, and Care Workers in a Global Economy
POLS UN 3648: Governing the Global Economy

ECON BC 3022 Economic History of Europe

HIST BC 1101: European History 1500-1789
HIST BC 2101: History of Capitalism

HIST BC 1302:  European History Since 1789
HIST UN 1768: European Intellectual History
HIST BC 2321: Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Culture of Empire
HIST UN 2303: European Catastrophe, 1914-1945
HIST UN 2360: Twentieth Century Britain
HIST BC 2380: Social and Cultural History of Food in Europe
HIST UN 2398: Politics of Terror: French Revolution
HIST BC 3062: Medieval Economic Life and Thought ca 1000 to 1500
HIST BC 3119: Capitalism and Enlightenment
POLS UN 3401: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe


ECON BC 3024 Migration and Economic Change

HIST BC 2676: Latin America: Migration, Race, and Ethnicity
HIST BC 2980: World Migration
EDUC BC 3040: Migration, Globalization, and Education

SOCI BC 3932: Climate Change, Global Migration, Human Rights
HRTS GU 4230: Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement
HIST GU 4455: Transnational Migration and Citizenship

ECON BC 3026 Economics of the Public Sector

POLS UN 1201:  Intro to American Politics
HIST BC 2401: The Politics of Crime and Policing in the US
HIST BC 2408: Emerging Cities: 19th Century Urban History of the Americas and Europe
POLS UN 3208:  State Politics
POLS UN 3222: The American Congress
SOCI UN 3225: Sociology of Education

ECON BC 3029: Development Economics

HIST BC 2116: The History of Money
SOCI UN 3324: Global Urbanism
POLS BC 3500: Political Economy: Corruption/Control
POLS UN 3615: Globalization and International Politics
POLS GU 4496: Contemporary African Politics
POLS GU 4461:  Latin American Politics

POLS GU 4406: Politics in Contemporary China

ECON BC 3038: International Money and Finance

POLS UN 1601:   International Politics
HIST BC 2116: The History of Money
POLS UN 3615:   Globalization and International Politics
POLS UN 3630: Politics of International Economic Relations
POLS UN 3648: Governing the Global Economy
POLS UN 3690: International Law
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 3336: Genetics, Biodiversity and Society
EESC BC 3032: Agricultural and Urban Land Use: Human-Environmental Interactions
EESC BC 3040: Environmental Law
POLS S 4811: Global Energy: Security and Geopolitics

ANEE GU 4522: Environmental History of New York

 

ECON BC 3047: International Trade

POLS UN 1601: International Politics
HIST BC 2180: Merchants, Pirates, and Slaves in the Making of Atlantic Capitalism
POL UN 3615: Globalization and International Politics
POLS UN 3630: Politics of International Economic Relations
POLS UN 3648: Governing the Global Economy
POLS UN 3690: International Law
HIST BC 3980: World Migration