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Department of Economics

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements ECONPOLSBA
The interdepartmental major in economics and political science explores important issues arising in both the public and private sectors and provides students with the basic theoretical tools necessary to investigate these issues.

Requirements

The major requires at least 42 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Economics courses. 18 credit hours in economics to include the following:
    1. Introduction to Microeconomics. One (1) course:
      • ECON-B 251 Fundamentals of Economics for Business I
      • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics
      • ECON-E 251 Fundamentals of Economics I
      • ECON-S 201 Introduction to Microeconomics: Honors
    2. Introduction to Macroeconomics. One (1) course:
      • ECON-B 252 Fundamentals of Economics for Business II
      • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics
      • ECON-E 252 Fundamentals of Economics II
      • ECON-S 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics: Honors
    3. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. One (1) course:
      • ECON-E 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
      • ECON-S 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: Honors
    4. Electives above ECON-E 321. Two (2) courses (6 credit hours) numbered above ECON-E 321 (excluding ECON-E 370, ECON-X 373 and ECON-E 496).
    5. Elective. One (1) course at the 300–499 level (excluding ECON-E 370, ECON-X 373, and ECON-E 496).
  2. Political Science courses. 18 credit hours in political science to include the following:
    1. Core course. One (1) course:
      • POLS-Y 204 Institutional Analysis and Governance
      • POLS-Y 205 Analyzing Politics
      • POLS-Y 303 Formation of Public Policy in the United States
      • POLS-Y 394 Public Policy Analysis
      • POLS-Y 405 Models and Theories of Political Decision Making
    2. Electives. 15 credit hours:
      • POLS-P 301 Health Policy and Politics in the United States
      • POLS-P 302 The Politics of Economic Crisis and Reform
      • POLS-P 303 Challenges of Democracy
      • POLS-Y 204 Institutional Analysis and Governance
      • POLS-Y 205 Analyzing Politics
      • POLS-Y 300 Topics in Current Politics and Governance
      • POLS-Y 301 Political Parties and Interest Groups
      • POLS-Y 302 Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society
      • POLS-Y 303 Formation of Public Policy in the United States
      • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law
      • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
      • POLS-Y 306 State Politics in the United States
      • POLS-Y 307 Indiana State Government and Politics
      • POLS-Y 308 Urban Politics
      • POLS-Y 313 Environmental Policy
      • POLS-Y 317 Voting, Elections, and Public Opinion
      • POLS-Y 326 American Social Welfare Policy
      • POLS-Y 329 Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States
      • POLS-Y 335 Western European Politics
      • POLS-Y 341 Authoritarian Regimes
      • POLS-Y 343 The Politics of International Development
      • POLS-Y 346 Politics in the Developing World
      • POLS-Y 349 Policy Making Around the Globe
      • POLS-Y 350 Politics of the European Union
      • POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy
      • POLS-Y 394 Public Policy Analysis
      • POLS-Y 399 Politics of the United Nations
      • POLS-Y 401 Topics in Political Science
      • POLS-Y 405 Models and Theories of Political Decision Making
      • Up to three (3) total credit hours of the following:
        • POLS-X 477 Field Experience in Political Science
        • POLS-Y 490 Senior Seminar in Political Science
        • POLS-Y 499 Honors Thesis
  3. Statistics. One (1) course:
    • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
    • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
    • POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
  4. Addenda requirements**.
    1. Finite Mathematics. One (1) course:
      • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-S 118 Honors Finite Mathematics
    2. Calculus. One (1) course:
      • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
      • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.