Joint Economics-Political Science Major

Requirements for the Joint Major in ECONOMICS and POLITICAL SCIENCE


CORE Requirements in ECONOMICS Department

The following 5 courses are required :

  • W1105 Principles of Economics
  • W3211 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • W3213 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • W3412 Econometrics (or POLS W4911 Analysis of Political Data)
  • W4370 Political Economy

NOTES:

  1. Econ AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Econ W1105.
  2. Transfer credits that would exempt students from any of the above core courses must be approved by the department in writing.  See the Transfer Credit Information page for detailed information.

 

Core Requirements in the MATH and STATISTICS Departments

Students who declared PRIOR to Spring 2014:

  • MATH V1101 Calculus I
  • MATH V1201 Calculus III
  • STAT W1211 Introduction to Statistics B (or a higher level statistics course such as SIEO 4150) or POLS W4910 Principles of quantitative political research.  Students who take POLS W4910 must take POLS W4911; students who take STAT W1211 may take either ECON W3412 or POLS W4911.

Students who declared IN Spring 2014 and BEYOND:

  • MATH V1101 Calculus I
  • MATH V1201 Calculus III
  • STAT W1211 Introduction to Statistics B (or a higher level statistics course such as SIEO 4150).  *POLS W4910 Principles of quantitative political research will no longer be an accepted alternative for the statistics requirement.*  Students will still have the option to take ECON W3412 or POLS W4911 to complete the statistical methods requirement.

NOTES:

  1. Math AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Math V1101-V1102.
  2. Transfer credits for Math and/or Statistics must be approved in writing by the math and/or statistics departments respectively.  See the Transfer Credit Information page for detailed information.

 

Economics ELECTIVES

Students must take 2 electives at the 3000 level or higher in the department of economics.

NOTES:

  1. The department does not accept credit from Barnard 1000 level courses or Barnard core economics classes towards the economics major.
  2. If a student takes an economics elective without having completed all of the prerequisites, then that course will not count towards the major. All 3000-4000 level courses in the department require both intermediate micro and macro.
  3. Senior seminars are not electives.
  4. Continuing Education/Business Courses: We do not accept any of the courses from Continuing Education or the Business school as elective courses. This rule does not apply to summer courses offered by the Department of Economics.
  5. Courses not listed in the economics department in the bulletin will not be counted towards the major unless the student gets prior approval from the department's director of undergraduate studies.
  6. The department and Barnard offer several of the same courses (listed below). If a student takes the same course in both schools, then only one of the two will count as an elective.
  • W4321 and BC3029 Economic Development
  • W4329 and BC3039 Economics of the Environment
  • W4400 and BC3019 Labor Economics
  • W4500 and BC3047 International Trade
  • W4505 and BC3038 International Money
  • G4235 and BC3041 Historical Foundations of Modern Economics

This list is not necessarily exhaustive and the department reserves the right to deny credit for any other courses where the subject matter overlaps too much.

NEW RULE FOR BARNARD ELECTIVES AND TRANSFER CREDIT

  • The joint major with political science requires a minimum of 7 lecture courses in economics, a political economy seminar and 9 classes outside of the department (political science, math and stats). All majors must take a minimum of 5 of the 7 economics lecture courses in the Columbia Department of Economics. The remaining credits for economics lecture courses may come from AP (IB, GCE) Credits, Barnard elective courses, and transfer credits (either taken before registering at Columbia or study abroad).
  • At most one of the 3000 level core economics classes may be taken outside of the University (the course must be approved by the department- see transfer credit information online). The Barnard offerings of the economics core classes are NOT acceptable substitutes for the core requirements.
  • V3025 Financial economics and V3265 Money and Banking count as electives offered by the Columbia department regardless of the instructor.


POLITICAL SCIENCE Requirements

  • Major Field: 9 points in one of the three fields American Politics, comparative politics, or international relations.
  • Seminar in the major field
  • Minor Field: 6 points in one of the two remaining fields

NOTES:

  1. At least two of the three introductory courses POLS W1201 Intro to American Government and Politics, POLS W1501 Comparative Politics: An Introduction and POLS W1601 Introduction to International Politics must be taken.
  2. The remaining courses must be at the 3000 level or higher.
  3. Students must consult with the Politiccal Science department on the political science requirements.


SEMINAR

Every student must take ECON W4921 Seminar in Political Economy.


Grading

Students must receive a grade of at least C- in order for the course to count towards the major (including statistics and math). Only W1105 Principles of Economics may be taken Pass/D/Fail and a grade of "P" must received.