The PhD interfield degree program combines courses from both sides in the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE) for an interdisciplinary political economy degree.

This innovative interfield degree program combines PhD-level research in political science, economics, methods, and political economy. Leading faculty-scholars from both fields impart the skills, knowledge, and experience that will qualify you for competitive careers in the nonprofit sector, corporate arena, government, consulting, academia, and more. Students must be accepted into the PhD interfield by the Department of Politics & Government or the Department of Economic Sciences.

Program Highlights
  • 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 and defend a dissertation proposal and a dissertation that meets rigorous methodological standards and draws from both major fields.
  • The Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies is the research arm of the Economics and Political Economy programs at CGU and provides opportunities for research assistantships as well as access to field-related seminars, conferences, workshops, and sessional professional meetings.

Program at a Glance

80 units

5 years

Cost Per Unit 2016–2017: $1,847

Fall | Spring

Division of Politics & Economics

PhD in Political Science & Economics

Featured Courses

SPE 410
Foundations of Political Economy

Develops modern political economy within the context of the new institutionalism in economics, politics, and sociology. Applies the new institutional theory to concrete policy issues of current import.

SPE 352
Comparative Political Economy

Examines interactions between capitalism and democracy, with particular emphasis on how the economy affects politics and how political institutions shape economic policies.

ECON 302
Macroeconomic Analysis

Explores the potential causes of short-run fluctuations in output and employment by examining both market-clearing and non-market-clearing explanations and more.

SPE 315
Game Theory

Analyzes the strategic interaction between individuals, firms, governments, and other groups of people.

ECON 327
Applications of Behavioral Economics

Covers the application of psychological insights into economic behavior, incorporating topics from psychology and sociology, such as risk perception, self-control, fairness, altruism, envy, and reciprocity.

PP 482
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Examines regression analysis, focusing partly on theoretical issues and partly on practical problems in applied regression to prepare students for advanced study of econometric techniques.


Core Courses (28 units)

Political Economy
Foundations of Political Economy

Two of the following:
American Political Economy
International Political Economy
Comparative Political Economy

Microeconomic Analysis
Macroeconomics I

Two of the following (by approval of the field advisor):
Game Theory*
Advanced Microeconomics I
Advanced Microeconomics II* or Advanced Game Theory*
Advanced Macroeconomics
*At least one is required

Methods Sequence (16 units)

One of the following four-course statistical sequences:

Track 1
Conduct of Social Inquiry
Mathematics for Economists I
Econometrics II or Econometrics III

Track 2
Conduct of Social Inquiry
Quantitative Research Methods
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Applied Data Analysis or Advanced Methods

Field Requirements in Economics and Politics & Policy (36 units):
The Politics & Government/International Studies programs require five courses to complete a field (20 units). Available fields:

The Department of Economics requires four courses to complete a field (16 units). Available fields are:

*May require additional credits to complete. Consult Political Philosophy field advisor.


The Institute for Democratic Renewal
The Institute for Democratic Renewal provides students hands-on engagement with and scholarly reflection upon the core issues facing the institutions and processes of democracy in the United States and abroad. Prominent, significant research projects have included Renewing Democracy Through Interracial/Multicultural Community Building. This project led to the production and publication of the Community Builder’s Tool Kit: A Primer for Revitalizing Democracy From the Ground Up (more than 70,000 copies in six languages are in use nationwide).

Faculty & Research

  • Mark Abdollahian profile image

    Mark Abdollahian

    Full Clinical Professor

    Research Interests

    Strategic decision making, International political economy, Sustainable development, Growth, Human social cultural behavioral modeling, Econometrics, Predictive analytics, Computational modeling and simulation, Data analytics, Visualization

  • Mark Blitz profile image

    Mark Blitz

    Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy
    Field Chair, Political Philosophy
    Director, Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom

    Research Interests

    Political science, Philosophy, Plato, Heidegger, American politics

  • Heather E. Campbell profile image

    Heather E. Campbell

    Professor & Chair, Department of Politics & Government
    Field Chair, Public Policy

    Research Interests

    Environmental policy, Public policy, Water policy, Racial profiling, Housing, K–12 education, Student evaluations of teaching, Public utility regulation

  • Jean Schroedel profile image

    Jean Schroedel

    Professor of Political Science
    Field Chair, American Politics

    Research Interests

    Indian voting rights, National policy making, Religion and politics, Women and politics, American political development, Public policies affecting women and children

  • Paul Zak profile image

    Paul Zak

    Professor of Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management
    Chair, Department of Economic Sciences
    Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies

    Research Interests

    Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of narratives, Neuromanagement

  • C. Monica Capra profile image

    C. Monica Capra

    Professor of Economics

    Research Interests

    Experimental economics, Behavioral economics, Neuroeconomics

  • Joshua Tasoff profile image

    Joshua Tasoff

    Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Behavior economics, Experimental economics, Microbial economics

  • Yi Feng profile image

    Yi Feng

    Luther Lee Jr. Memorial Chair in Government

    Research Interests

    International political economy, Public policy analysis, Quantitative methodology, Global power shifts, Globalization

  • Eunyoung Ha profile image

    Eunyoung Ha

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Research Interests

    Comparative politics, Political economy, Political institutions, Research methods, Game theory

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

  • Hal Nelson profile image

    Hal Nelson

    Research Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    International political economy, Climate policy, Civic engagement, Decision making, Energy policy, Environmental politics and policies

  • Jacek Kugler profile image

    Jacek Kugler

    Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

    Research Interests

    Causes and consequences of war, Political performance, Nuclear deterrence, Power transition, Political demography, Development, Decision-making

  • Melissa Rogers profile image

    Melissa Rogers

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Research Interests

    Comparative politics, Latin American politics, State institutional and economic development, Research design, Econometrics

  • Michael Uhlmann profile image

    Michael Uhlmann

    Professor of Government
    Director, Tribal Administration Program

    Research Interests

    American presidency, Executive–congressional relations, Federal judiciary,
    Federal administrative process, National security decision making

  • Tom Kniesner profile image

    Tom Kniesner

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Labor economics, Health economics, Econometrics

  • Jorge Barraza profile image

    Jorge Barraza

    Research Assistant Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Experimental economics, Behavioral economics, Affect and prosocial decision making

  • Graham Bird profile image

    Graham Bird

    Clinical Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    International finance, international macroeconomics, economic development

  • Thomas Willett profile image

    Thomas Willett

    Horton Professor of Economics
    Director, Claremont Institute for Economic Studies

    Research Interests

    International and monetary economics, Political economy, Economic policy

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