Political Economy  (Certificate)

In a world of constant political and economic change, what happens in one part of the globe can and does have a major impact on what happens elsewhere. Once you learn about the immediate and reverberating repercussions of political and economic decisions and conditions, you can be a force for positive change.

Program Description

The political economy certificate program engages students in studying the intersection of politics and the economy.

The certificate program helps prepare students for careers in a variety of global and domestic environments.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate includes courses in political science, economics and other academic areas that relate to politics and the economy. Students majoring in any subject at the university may be awarded the certificate upon completion of the following: 15 credit hours (12 credit hours must be upper division and nine of these upper-division credits must be taken from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences):

Part One: Economics Foundation (3 credit hours):
ECN 211 Macroeconomic Principles, SB (3)
ECN 212 Microeconomic Principles, SB (3)

Part Two: Politics Foundation (3 credit hours):
POS 300 Contemporary Global Controversies, SB and G (3)
POS 310 American National Government, SB (3)
POS 350 Comparative Politics, SB and G (3)

Part Three: Political Economics and the World (6 credit hours):
ECN 306 Survey of International Economics, SB and G (3)
ECN 335 South Asia and the World Economy, SB and G (3)
ECN 360 Economic Development, SB and G (3)
POS 465 International Organization and Law, SB and G (3)
POS 485 Political Economy, SB (3)
POS 486 International Political Economy, SB and G (3)

Part Four: Related Electives (3 credit hours):
GCU 350 The Geography of World Crises, SB and G (3)
JUS 405 Inequality, Economy and Justice, (L or SB) and G (3)
PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges (3)
PAF 470 Topics in Public Economics and Financial Management (3)
POS 325 Public Policy Development, SB (3)
POS 356 European Union, SB and G (3)
POS 367 World Politics and Global Inequalities, G (3)
SGS/JUS 325 Globalization and Socio-Economic Justice, SB and G (3)
SGS 350 Economic Development and Globalization (3)
URB 300 Urban and Metropolitan Studies (3)
URB 302 Urban Theory (3)

Only courses in which students have a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher apply toward the certificate.

Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

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