Chair, Associate Professor JAMES E. MAHON, Jr.

Advisory Committee: Professors: BRADBURD, MACDONALD. Associate Professors: C. JOHNSON, MAHON. Assistant Professors: FRANKL, GOLLIN**, M. LYNCH.

The Political Economy major is designed to give students a grasp of the ways in which political and economic forces interact in the shaping of public policy. The major includes substantial study of the central analytical approaches in both political science and economics and seeks to surmount the sometimes artificial barriers of specialization that may characterize either discipline taken by itself. In the junior and senior years a conscious merging of the approaches in the two fields is undertaken in the three required Political Economy courses. (These courses are designed by, and usually are taught jointly by, political scientists and economists.) Political Economy 301 examines major writings in political economy and analyzes economic liberalism and critiques of economic liberalism in the context of current policy issues. Political Economy 401 examines interactions of political and economic forces in contemporary international affairs. Political Economy 402 examines such interactions in selected current public policy issues. Background for these senior courses is acquired through a course in international economics and courses in domestic and international/comparative politics and policy.

Students in Political Economy 402 visit Washington, D.C. Sunday night through Wednesday of the first week of spring vacation to conduct interviews relating to their Political Economy 402 group projects. This is a course requirement.


Economics 101 Introduction to Economics

Political Science 201 Power, Politics, and Democracy in America
Political Science 203 Justice: Introduction to Political Theory

Political Science 202 World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations
or Political Science 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics: The Powers of Nationalism

Economics 215 The World Economy
or Economics 358 International Economics
or Economics 360 International Monetary Economics
or Economics 507 International Trade and Development
or Economics 509 Money and Public Finance
or Economics 373/513 Open-Economy Macroeconomics

(Note that Economics 215 satisfies the Economics Department requirement for a 200-level economics course before taking Economics 251 and Economics 252.)

Economics 251 Price and Allocation Theory

Economics 252 Macroeconomics

Economics 253 Empirical Economic Methods
or Economics 255 Econometrics

Political Economy/Economics 301/Political Science 333 Analytical Views of Political Economy

Political Science 316 Public Policymaking in the U.S.
or Political Science 208 The Politics of Family Policy
or Political Science 209 Poverty in America
or Political Science 214 (formerly 313) Congressional Politics Today
or Political Science 216 Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights
or Political Science 218 Presidential Politics
or Political Science 219 Constitutional Law I: Structures of Power

or Political Science 308 Environmental Policy

Political Science 341 The Politics of the Global Economy: Wealth and Power in East Asia

or Political Science 100(F) Asia and the World

or Political Science 223 (formerly 322) Governing the World: Treaties, Laws and Institutions

or Political Science 224 Ethnic Conflict in World Politics

or Political Science 225 International Security

or Political Science 227 Ethics and Interests in Foreign Policy

or Political Science 264 Politics of Global Tourism

or Political Science 267 Arab-Israeli Relations

or Political Science 321 Regionalism in International Politics

Political Economy 401 Politics of the International Economy

Political Economy 402 Political Economy of Public Policy Issues


Due to the special demands of this interdisciplinary major, the only route to honors in Political Economy is the thesis. Seniors may pursue the honors thesis course (Political Economy 493-W031) during the fall semester and winter study period. The third course contributing to such an honors program would normally be an elective in Political Science, Economics, or Political Economy, taken during the junior year. This course, which may be one of the required electives, must be closely related, indeed must prepare the ground for the honors thesis.

Juniors in the Political Economy major with at least a 3.5 GPA in the program may apply for the honors thesis program by means of a written proposal submitted to the chair before spring registration. Written guidelines for such proposals are available in the chair's office. The proposal should have been discussed with at least two faculty members, and at least one faculty advisor from each discipline should be solicited by the student prior to submission of the proposal.

Final decisions about admission to the honors program will be made in early summer, when spring grades become available.

To achieve the degree with honors in Political Economy, the thesis must be completed by the end of winter study period and be judged of honors quality by a committee consisting of the two advisors and a third reader. A thesis judged to be of particular distinction will qualify its author for the degree with highest honors.


The numbering system for courses offered and required in Political Economy is identical to the system outlined in the Williams College Bulletin on page except that first-year students who have passed Economics 101 may enroll in a 201- to 240-level economics course, to accelerate completion of the introductory courses required in the program.