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Moral and Historical Perspectives Track

Courses in this concentration explore the institutional foundations and historical development of political economy from a normative standpoint. The guiding purpose of the concentration is to develop a morally-informed grounding for evaluating public policy on economic issues.

Two of the following:


  • 3330 Environment & Natural Resources
  • 3420 Economic History of the United States
  • 3540 Development Economics
  • 4500 Health Economics & Policy
  • 3970/3980 Special Studies in Economics

Three of the following:


  • 4580 Slavery & Freedom in the Antebellum South
  • 6270 American Disasters
  • 6911 Special Topics in History


  • 3560 Social and Political Ethics
  • 3640 Philosophy of Law
  • 6040 Philosophy of Law
  • 6510 Theories of Economic Justice
  • 6740 Contemporary Political Philosophy

Political Economy

  • 4010 Constitutionalism: Ancient Athens to Present
  • 4040 Democracy, Capitalism, & Free Speech
  • 4300 Behavioral Economics & Public Policy
  • 4970/4980 Special Topics in Political Economy

Political Science

  • 3820 Contemporary Political Ideas
  • 4270 Constitutional Law
  • 4860 American Political Thought

The Murphy Institute

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.