Bachelor On Campus

Political Economy

Williams College

48 months
50450 USD/year
50450 USD/year
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The Political Economy program at Williams College is designed to give students a grasp of the ways in which political and economic forces interact in shaping public policy. 


The Political Economy program at Williams College includes substantial study of the central analytical approaches in both Political Science and Economics and seeks to surmount the sometimes artificial barriers of specialization that may characterize either discipline taken by itself. 

Learning Objectives

  • Master basic principles of economics and political science and be able to integrate them in the analysis of questions about public policy and societal institutions.
  • Understand the intellectual roots of economic liberalism and critiques thereof.
  • Understand the ethical and philosophical dimensions of questions about public policy and how they interact with economic and political considerations.
  • Be able to understand, interpret, and critically evaluate empirical evidence on economic, political, and public policy questions, including qualitative, quantitative, and formal statistical and econometric evidence.
  • Gain some exposure to and expertise in some U.S. domestic public policy and political issues, the comparative study of policies, politics, and institutions across countries, and questions of international political economy and globalization.
  • Gain an understanding of the history and institutions of American politics, how these and other factors (such as interest groups, coalitions, and framing of issues) influence which policies get adopted through the political system, and be able to formulate a persuasive argument about what an effective political strategy would be based on that knowledge.
  • Gain a real-world perspective on the making of or effects of public policy through an experiential learning exercise, such as a course with a significant community service or field work component, or a policy-related internship.
  • Be able to convincingly define a public policy problem, investigate a range of possible alternative solutions to that problem, and construct a persuasive argument about the best approach to addressing that problem, drawing on all of the elements noted above, and the best and most relevant scholarly literature on the topic. Develop the skills to do this effectively working together in a team of other students, to produce a well-written report on it, and to successfully communicate this work to an audience of students and faculty in an oral presentation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Economics and Ethics of CO2 Offsets
  • Economic Liberalism and Its Critics
  • Empirical Methods in Political Economy
  • Silicon Valley: Digital Transformation and Democracy
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Independent Study: Political Economy
  • Contemporary Problems in Political Economy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
    • School Report
    • Counselor Recommendation
    • Two Teacher Recommendations
    • Mid-Year Report (Due February 5 or for schools on a trimester, when 2nd trimester grades are available)
    • $65 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
    • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50450 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    50450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50450 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for North Adams

876 - 1815 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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