• <a href="/live/image/gid/79/width/650/86494_Political_Economy.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86494"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/79/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86494_Political_Economy.rev.1607650511.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/79/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86494_Political_Economy.rev.1607650511.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/79/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86494_Political_Economy.rev.1607650511.jpg" alt="Courses in the minor explore the political-economic dynamic from multiple disciplinary perspectiv..." width="720" height="690" data-max-w="1104" data-max-h="1058" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Courses in the minor explore the political-economic dynamic from multiple disciplinary perspectives, historical angles, and conceptual approaches.</div>

We are a diverse group of scholars who investigate the interaction between the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of a society. We are committed to providing a rigorous, multidisciplinary approach to help you make sense of a complex world in which a multitude of economic and political interests conflict at the local, national, and international levels. This experience will sharpen your critical thinking and your understanding of key ongoing issues throughout the world. Potential employers and graduate programs seek liberal arts graduates who have strong analytical skills and knowledge of contemporary events; a political economy minor offers evidence of such preparation.


  • My favorite class has been Ancient Cities with Professor Joel Sweek. The class had the kind of academic rigor and seriousness that I hoped to find in college, and Professor Sweek’s lectures pushed me to think like a historian. I was left in awe of the ancient world and inspired to declare history as my major.

    Mateo Kaiser BA ’23
    Mountain View, California
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  • My favorite thing about living in Portland is that it is such an active city. There are local events going on all the time, and everyone is outdoors enjoying the beautiful Northwest.

    Ben Beecroft
    Hong Kong and San Francisco, California
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  • L&C has made me more confident in who I am and what I can accomplish. It has also made me more aware of all the change that must be made in our world to cultivate peace and justice.

    Shoshana Rybeck BA ’20
    Olney, Maryland
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