Students can declare the program via the online declaration form.

requirements for the certificate

18 credits are required, as follows: 1

Core Breadth

Four courses for 12 credits, one course each from these areas:


ECON/​HIST SCI  305 Development of Economic Thought3-4
ECON 330 Money and Banking4
ECON 435 The Financial System3
ECON 461 International Macroeconomics3-4
ECON 464 International Trade3-4
ECON 465 The American Economy to 18653-4
ECON/​HISTORY  466 The American Economy Since 18653-4


PHILOS 341 Contemporary Moral Issues3-4
PHILOS/​ENVIR ST  441 Environmental Ethics3-4
PHILOS/​MED HIST  505 Justice and Health Care3
PHILOS/​MED HIST  515 Public Health Ethics3
PHILOS/​ECON  524 Philosophy and Economics3
PHILOS 541 Modern Ethical Theories3
PHILOS 549 Great Moral Philosophers3
PHILOS 555 Political Philosophy3
PHILOS 559 Philosophy of Law3

Political Science: Political Theory 

POLI SCI 266 The Development of Modern Western Political Thought3-4
POLI SCI 360 History of American Political Thought3-4
POLI SCI 361 Contemporary American Political Thought3-4
POLI SCI 363 Literature and Politics3-4
POLI SCI 411 The American Constitution : Powers and Structures of Government4
POLI SCI 463 Deception and Politics4

Political Science: Institutions and Political Economy

POLI SCI 274 Political Choice and Strategy3-4
POLI SCI 330 Political Economy of Development3
POLI SCI 340 The European Union: Politics and Political Economy3-4
POLI SCI 350 International Political Economy3-4
POLI SCI 356 Principles of International Law3-4

Elective Depth Course

Take one (1) additional course (3 credits) from the list of courses above in either Economics or Philosophy.

Capstone Seminar

POLI SCI 461 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Economy, Philosophy, & Politics3

Residency and Quality of Work

  • Minimum 2.000 GPA in all certificate courses
  • At least 9 certificate credits must be completed in residence


This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Knowing key concepts and arguments from economics, philosophy, and political science.
  2. Synthesizing key arguments and concepts from philosophy, political science, and economics.
  3. Applying arguments and concepts from philosophy, political science, and economics to contemporary policy or scholarly debates.

Cassie Chulick - Undergraduate Advisor, 210 North Hall
Amy Gangl - Undergraduate Advisor, 302 North Hall
Rachel Margolies - Undergraduate Advisor, 311 North Hall

Joel Clark - Undergraduate Career Advisor, 306 North Hall

Appointments scheduled with Starfish

Faculty Director: Daniel Kapust, Associate Professor, Political Science

Program Core Faculty with Departmental Affiliation:

  • Jim Walker, Professor, Economics
  • Maria Muniagurria, Economics
  • Daniel Hausman, Professor, Philosophy
  • Harry Brighouse, Professor, Philosophy.
  • Daniel Kapust, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Helen Kinsella, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Howard Schweber, Professor, Political Science
  • John Zumbrunnen, Professor, Political Science
  • Genevieve Rousseliere, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Michelle Schwarze, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  • Richard Avramenko, Associate Professor, Political Science


  • Cassie Chulick, Undergraduate advisor, Political Science
  • Amy Gangl, Director of Undergraduate Engagement, Academic, Thesis, & Political Internship Advisor
  • Rachel Margolies, Undergraduate Advisor, Undergraduate Coordinator