Undergraduate Program Political Economy Minor

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Political Economy Minor Overview

The Political Economy Minor integrates economics with other disciplines taught in other departments within PSU, including:

  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Math

The Political Economy minor attracts students who would like to develop their critical views and perspectives.

Our small classes encourage one-on-one contact with professors and offer many opportunities for students to share their thoughts during class discussions. Most of the courses in the minor encourage research and development of ideas that are important to each student. Faculty in this minor feel strongly about the topics and bring their passions into the classroom. 

The courses in the Political Economy Minor nurture critical viewpoints that encourage original thinking. Many employers look for an employee with critical and original thinking skills; who can recognize problems, initiate new ideas and approaches, and can effectively carry out related research. 

Professors and instructors in this minor support students with extended office hours. This gives students the opportunity to:

  • discuss research ideas
  • map out a future career path
  • gather information and formulate strategies for extended study: leading to law school and/or graduate programs.

Degree Details

Political Economy Minor: Why PSU?

PSU has a very diverse student population. This diversity is reflected in the Political Economy minor and students can meet similarly-minded students and benefit from sharing their interests and expertise.


What can I do with a minor in Political Economy?

Our Political Economy minors go on to one of several paths. Some attend law school, some go further in social sciences, and others even enter Masters and Ph.D. programs in Political Economy.

Featured Courses

The Political Economy Minor has three required courses that make up 12 of the required 28 credits:

EC 201 Principles of Microeconomics
EC 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
EC 460 History of Economic Thought                

Featured Electives

The remaining 16 elective credits is where students can shape the minor to reflect their interests. Some examples are:

EC345 International Economics
EC417 Women in the Economy
EC445 Economics of Developing Countries
EC446 Money and Banking
EC450 Economics of Development


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).