The PhD interfield degree program combines courses from both departments in the Division of Politics and Economics (DPE) for an interdisciplinary political economy degree. Students must be accepted into the PhD interfield by both the Department of Politics and Policy and the Department of Economics.
The PhD interfield also has a modified qualifying exam structure based on the requirements in both departments. The Department of Economics qualifying exam requirements combine testing on Econ 302 or 313 and a field of application. The qualifying exam in the Department of Politics and Policy is a field of application. [Note: Diplomas for graduates of the interfield PhD program will be printed to show the primary department the student is registered under first. i.e., PhD Interfield Political Science-Economics or PhD Interfield Economics – Political Science]
This program requires a minimum of 80 units composed of a core, a methods minor field, a political science major field, and an economics major field.
Students in the PhD interfield degree program must pass qualifying examinations in both major fields of study, defend a dissertation proposal and dissertation that meets rigorous methodological standards and draws from both major fields.