Political Economy (Minor)

Political Economy (Minor)

Political Economy Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in political economy combines politics, economics and the humanities to give you a deeper understanding of today's society

What is political economy?

Political economy combines the human element of liberal arts with theory and technical expertise to understand economic theory and policy. This minor adds value to students seeking careers or graduate study in government, business, communications and law, but also provides the theoretical foundation and practical skills that are useful in many industries.

Why study political economy at UNH Manchester?

UNH Manchester’s highly interdisciplinary minor in political economy combines politics, economics and the humanities to give you a deeper understanding of today's society. Through courses in business law, economic theory, world affairs, poverty and more, this minor explores an array of contemporary economic issues within the context of politics and society.

Potential career areas

  • Business
  • Community organizations
  • Foundations/corporate philanthropy
  • Government
  • Lobbying and law firms
  • Not-for-profit corporations
  • Policy-planning organizations
  • Research and education
  • Social service agencies
  • Think tanks


Thomas Birch

Phone: (603) 641-4108
Office: Department of Business & Public Affairs, 88 Commercial Street, RM 506, Manchester, NH 03101

Curriculum & Requirements

Students interested in pursuing a career in government, business, communications, or the law can add a breadth of perspective through the political economy minor.

The political economy minor consists of five courses (20 credits total). The minimum grade requirement is C- per course. Any grade lower than a C- will not count toward the minor.

Select five of the following, with no more than three from the same subject area and no more than three 400-level courses:20
ECN 410
History of Literary Economics
ECN 411
Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles
ECN 412
Introduction to Microeconomic Principles
ECN 505
Contemporary Economic Issues
ECN #635
Money, Banking and Macroeconomic Activity
ECN 640
Business Law and Economics
ECN 650
Economics for Managers
POLT 403
United States in World Affairs
PS 500
Wicked Problems: Puzzles in Public Policy
PS 501
Social and Political-Economic Theory
PS 509
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
PS 510
Politics of Food
PS #514
Model United Nations
PS 520
Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture
PS #702
International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach
PS 750
Poverty & Inequality Past and Present
Total Credits20

Substitutions are permitted by permission of minor supervisors, Stephen Pimpare and Tom Birch.

For more information, contact Stephen Pimpare at Stephen.Pimpare@unh.edu or Tom Birch at Tom.Birch@unh.edu.

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