Political Economy

The concentration in Political Economy is designed to engage students in the studies of global and domestic environments, whether those environments are governance organizations, nonprofit agencies or private enterprises, through an understanding of issues related to the intersection of politics and the economy.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum of 9 upper division credit hours must be taken in courses offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • This concentration is effective beginning Spring 2018.

Part One: Economics Foundation (choose one course) -- 3 credit hours

ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles (SB) (3)

ECN 212 Microeconomic Principles (SB) (3)

Part Two: Politics Foundation (choose one course) -- 3 credit hours

POS 300 Contemporary Global Controversies (SB & G) (3)

POS 310 American National Government (SB) (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only POS 110 or POS 310)

POS 350 Comparative Politics (SB & G) (3)

Part Three: Political Economics and the World (choose two courses) -- 6 credit hours

ECN 306 Survey of International Economics (SB & G) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ECN 211 or 213; ECN 212 or 214; MAT 211 or 271 with C or better)

ECN 335 South Asia and the World Economy (SB & G) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ECN 211 or 213 with C or better; ECN 212 or 214 with C or better; MAT 211, 266, or 271 with C or better)

ECN 360 Economic Development (SB & G) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ECN 211 or 213, ECN 212 or 214, and MAT 211 or 271 with C or better)

POS 465 International Organization and Law (SB & G) (3)

POS 485 Political Economy (SB) (3)

POS 486 International Political Economy (SB & G) (3)

Part Four Related Elective (choose one course) -- 3 credit hours

GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises (SB & G) (3)

JUS 405 Inequality, Economy and Justice ((L or SB) & G) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 102, 105, or 108 with C or better; minimum 36 hours)

PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges (3) (Pre-requisites: Minimum 30 hours)

PAF 470 Topics in Public Economics and Financial Management (3) (Prerequisite(s): ECN 212 or PAF 201 with C or better)

POS 325 Public Policy Development (SB) (3)

POS 356 European Union (SB & G) (3)

POS 367 World Politics and Global Inequalities (G) (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 25 hours; Credit is allowed for only POS 360 (Current Issues International Politics), (International Security), (Organizational Studies) or POS 367)

SGS 325 / JUS 325 Globalization and Socio-Economic Justice (SB & G) (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 102, 105, or 108 with C or better; minimum 24 hours; minimum 2.00 GPA; Credit is allowed for only JUS 325 or SGS 325 or SOC 325)

SGS 350 Economic Development and Globalization (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

URB 300 Urban and Metropolitan Studies (3) (Credit is allowed for only URB 100 or 300)

URB 302 Urban Theory (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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