Politics, Economics & Law, B.A.

The Politics, Economics and Law curriculum has various objectives: to introduce students to the disciplines of political science, political economy and economics and to examine how these different areas intersect to shape U.S. and international law, institutions, and policies. Such a course of study provides the student with a strong background in the historical development of corporations, social welfare policies, labor organizations, and civil liberties and civil rights movements.

The program also provides students with an opportunity to develop an international perspective in the study of politics and economics - a vantage point vital in the new global marketplace. . The department takes a comparative approach to the study of different societies and to the relations among them, with particular emphasis on the developing nations and globalization. The global component focuses on issues such as international trade, foreign debt, economic inequality, transnational political and social movements, environmental concerns and international institutions.

Career Opportunities

The PEL department provides a rigorous and integrated preparation in the social sciences for students who intend to enter graduate or law school and for students who plan to seek employment in government, business, social services, and political organizations.

Graduates have gone on to obtain employment in:

  • Law
  • Banking & Brokerage Firms
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Social work
  • Education
  • Community agencies
  • Labor organizations

Many graduates also go on to earn graduate degrees in law, public policy, economics, or international relations.