The Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science jointly offer the Certificate in Political Economy.

The 24-credit Political Economy certificate enables undergraduate students to study more intensely the relationship between the political and economic spheres of society. The program is based on the belief that a focused examination of this relationship provides a better understanding of several social phenomena. Chief among these is a better understanding of public policy and the policy making process, as well as how government actions affect the process of economic change and vice versa.

The program is open to all matriculated undergraduate students. It is not restricted to Economics or Political Science majors. The Political Economy program provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in not just economics and political science but also in public policy, law and business.

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Campus Locations: Main and Japan

Program Code: LA-POLE-CERT

Contact Information

Main Campus

Moritz Ritter, Department of Economics

Alexandra Guisinger, Department of Political Science

Roselyn Hsueh, Department of Political Science

Temple University Japan

Masaki Kakizaki, PhD, Political Science Coordinator

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Political Economy.


The program consists of two components: required core courses at the lower-division level and elective courses at the upper-division level.

Core Courses

All students must take the following core courses:

ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles3
or ECON 1901 Honors Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles3
or ECON 1902 Honors Microeconomic Principles
POLS 1101The American Political System3
or POLS 1911 Honors Introduction to American Politics
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Governments and Politics
Honors Foreign Governments and Politics
International Politics
Honors International Politics

Elective Courses

All students must successfully complete (grade of C- or better) four courses from the following list. Two of the four courses must be in economics, and two courses must be in political science. Students should select courses that correspond to their own substantive interests and are encouraged to take cognate areas (e.g., if you choose international politics courses, also choose international economics courses). Students should plan their schedules well in advance, since some courses are not offered each semester.

Select two of the following:6
History of Economic Theory
Economics of Development and Growth
The Economics and Management of Privatization
Public Finance
Economics of State and Local Governments
International Trade
International Monetary Economics
Energy, Ecology, and Economy 1
Energy, Ecology, and Economy
Health Economics 1
Health Economics
Economics of Labor Markets
Women in the Economy
Public Control of Business: Antitrust
Economics of American Industry
Select two of the following:6
American State and Local Politics
Making Public Policy
Comparative Politics: Developing Nations
Politics of the Global Economy
Democracy, Capitalism, and Socialism
The Politics of Inequality
Public Policy Analysis
U.S. Environmental Policy
Business and Public Policy
East Asia and the United States
International Environmental Policy

 Writing Intensive courses.