The interdisciplinary program in Public Policy and Political Economy studies substantive and theoretical ways in which economics and political science combine to shape public policies in various countries.
Students in the major will become familiar with the theoretical approaches that political science and economics use to study and solve problems that can then be employed to frame and understand public policy issues. Public policy issues will be addressed within an individual and social values context by considering questions such as what is of value to society and its citizens? How best can those values be achieved? What tradeoffs are required when pursuing those societal values? Learn More
A degree in public policy and political economy is attractive to a diverse array of employers. All levels of government desire students with policy and methodological training—skills embedded in the major. Private consulting, polling, and research think tanks are attracted to students with this training. Also, nonprofit organizations utilize graduates from the variety of graduate programs that intersect with the issues that affect their operations (tax policy, government contracting, etc.).