Curriculum- Politics, Economics & Law, B.A.


A student wishing to graduate with a major in PEL must complete 120 credits overall including a minimum of 90 liberal arts credits, fulfillment of the Liberal Education Curriculum requirement (Refer to the Liberal Education Curriculum Bulletin for specific requirements.) and 52 credits, or 13 courses, as listed below.

1-3. Three of the following four courses:

  • PE2300 Introduction to Law
  • PE2420 Principles of Microeconomics
  • PE2430 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • PE2650 Introduction to U.S. Politics

4. An additional course from the four courses listed above OR one of the following:

  • IR2210 Unions and Management: An Introduction
  • PE2220 Introduction to Urban Issues
  • PE2400 Introduction to Political Economy

5. One of the following:

  • HI3600 Global Geography: People, Places and Environments
  • PE3100 International Relations

6. PE3400 Political Economy of the Global South

7. PE3410 U.S. Political Economy 

8. One of the following:

  • PE4320 Jurisprudence: Legal Thought
  • PE4470 History of Economic Thought
  • PE4620 Political and Social Thought

9. One of the following:

  • PE4580 Origins of the Capitalist Economy
  • PE4590 Global Economy in the 20th Century

10-13. Four additional upper-division PEL courses (3000-level and above), at least two of which must be at the 4000-level

Competency requirement in the major

In order to graduate with a B.A. degree in Politics, Economics and Law, a student may receive no grade lower than a C- in courses applied toward the major.

Upper Division Electives

Students are expected to work closely with their faculty advisor in choosing their upper division electives in the major. The objective is to select courses that are related to each student’s area of interest. Courses not chosen to fill requirements 5, 8 and 9 may be applied toward the four additional upper division PEL courses (10-13).