Political Science and Economics, BS

The combined major in political science and economics offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with the study of economics. Students complete the core courses in political science along with core courses in economics that cover both macroeconomic and microeconomic perspectives. This combined major highlights the important role that the economy plays in shaping politics and government. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Political Science Requirements

Political Science Requirements
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
Political Theory
Complete one of the following:4
American Political Thought
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Political Science Restricted Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Public Policy and Administration
Budgeting and Taxation
Business and Government
Urban Policies and Politics
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Politics of Poverty
International Political Economy
Politics of Developing Nations
Political Science Electives
Complete two courses from the following range, or complete a concentration as outlined below:8
POLS 3300 to POLS 5999

Political Science Concentrations (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your advisor so that it may be added to your record. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

Economics Requirements for BS

Breadth Courses
MATH 1231Calculus for Business and Economics4
CS 1100Computer Science and Its Applications4
Required Economics Courses
Grades in the required economics courses and in Quantitative Techniques (POLS 2400) or Statistics (ECON 2350) must average a minimum of 2.000:
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON 2315Macroeconomic Theory4
ECON 2316Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 2560Applied Econometrics4
Economics Electives
Complete three economics electives with no more than one below 2990.

Supporting Courses

Complete either of the statistics and departmental elective combinations listed below:

Combination A

POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Complete one of the following:4
International Food Economics and Policy
Urban Economic Issues
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Public Finance
Public Choice Economics
Comparative Economics
International Economics

Combination B 

ECON 2350Statistics4
Political Science
Complete one course in the following range:4
POLS 2401 to POLS 5999

Integrative Requirements

Senior Seminar/Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Senior Economics Seminar
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required


Concentration in American Political Institutions

Complete four of the following:16
State and Local Politics
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
The American Presidency
Public Policy and Administration
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections


Concentration in Campaigns and Elections

Required Courses
With advisor approval, a co-op or internship may be substituted in place of POLS 4947:
POLS 3160Campaign Strategy4
POLS 49474
Campaigns and Elections Electives
If POLS 4947 was replaced by a co-op or internship, an additional elective must be taken.
Complete two of the following:8
Urban Policies and Politics
POLS 2355
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Local Campaigns and Elections
Politics and Mass Media
POLS 3402
POLS 3304


Concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy

Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model United Nations
Model Arab League
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Core Courses
Complete three of the following:12
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
International Security
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Arab-Israeli Conflict


Concentration in Public Policy

Core Requirement
POLS 3307Public Policy and Administration4
Complete three of the following:12
Bureaucracy and Government Organizations
Budgeting and Taxation
Business and Government
Urban Policies and Politics
State and Local Politics
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

Four Years, No Co-op

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114MATH 12314Vacation0Vacation0
POLS 11554POLS 11504  
POLS 11560POLS 11510  
ECON 11154CS 11004  
Elective4ECON 11164  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11604POLS 24004Vacation0Vacation0
POLS 11610ECON 23154  
ECON undergraduate elective4POLS undergraduate elective4  
POLS undergraduate elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 33154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ECON 23164POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
Political Theory course4Elective4  
ECON undergraduate elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 4
ECON 25604POLS 47014  
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4ECON intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 128