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Undergraduate Program in Political Economy

Tulane University’s most popular and acclaimed multidisciplinary major, the Political Economy major aims to promote sustained reflection on the multiple connections between political and economic activities and institutions.

The Political Economy major supports and promotes Tulane University’s mission to create, communicate and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to think, to learn, to act and to lead with integrity and wisdom.

The Political Economy major at Tulane is designed to avoid the sometimes excessive specialization that characterizes more traditional undergraduate majors. Our multidisciplinary approach allows students to develop complementary strengths in multiple areas.


The required Political Economy 3010-3040 sequence has been designed to introduce students to the prominent and common concerns of the four concentration tracks. Studies along one of these concentrations provides a focus within the major. Each major’s selection of a concentration is made in consultation with the Associate Director or Director.

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Law, Economics, and Policy Track

Explore various ways in which legal institutions and practices shape economic behavior.

Moral and Historical Perspectives Track

Explore the institutional foundations and historical development of political economy from a normative standpoint.

International Perspectives Track

Explore interconnections among international, national, and sub-national political economies.

Economics and Public Policy Track

Explore the role of economic thinking in policy construction and evaluation.

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Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.