Globalization and the profound structural changes occurring in international affairs make it imperative that we train a new generation of scholars and leaders who can navigate an increasingly complex world. This major examines politics, markets, and societies using a variety of analytic tools to assess how international and domestic political factors interact with economic factors to determine outcomes in a wide variety of areas, including globalization, international trade and finance, regulation, development, taxes, institutional design, the environment and income distribution.

* A new track POLITICAL ECONOMY/ECONOMICS was approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2017

Career Path

Graduates are prepared to understand and shape political and economic policy, to play leadership roles in the public and private sector at home and abroad, and to study at the world’s leading schools of politics, economics and international affairs.

Divisional Foundation courses:

  • Decision Making under Uncertainty
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science

Interdisciplinary Studies courses:

  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Ethics, Markets, Politics
  • Economics Principles
  • Development
  • International Political Economy
  • China’s Economic Transition

Disciplinary Studies courses:

  • Conceptions of Democracy and Meritocracy
  • Policy Making Processes
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Opinion
  • Modern Chinese Politics