Department of Political Science

Political Economy

(NOTE: No longer offered)

Program Description

The Political Economy Concentration develops theoretical and empirical understanding of the connections between economics and politics. Students majoring in Government gain an appreciation of the role of economic forces in politics; students majoring in Economics learn how politics influence economic behavior.

Career Opportunities

Students choosing a concentration in Political Economy will be especially well prepared for graduate study in economics, government, or business, and for both academic and nonacademic careers in policy analysis, business administration, law, government relations, and other fields.


Dr. Scott Dittloff, Professor (Ph.D., Texas A&M University): Caribbean Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Literature and Politics, Politics and culture, and Human Rights.

Requirements for a concentration in Political Economy (30 semester hours)

A. 18 semester hours of required hours in economics:

ECON 2301             Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302             Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 3325             Econometrics 

ECON 3340             Public Finance

ECON 4310             International Economics

ECON 4350             Economic Development of Latin America

B.  6 semester hours required in Government:

GOVT 1315             American Politics

GOVT 2320             International Relations

C. 6 elective hours in Government from the following courses:

GOVT 2375             International Organizations

GOVT 4321             United States Foreign Policy

GOVT 4322             National Security Policy

GOVT 4323             Politics of Coffee and Sugar

GOVT 4363             Political Globalization

GOVT 4365             Political Economy