Political Economy and Government

Political Economy and Government

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Delve into the political principles and economic tools involved in domestic policy making. Study the relationship between government action and market forces. At the end of this program, you’ll learn to apply advanced economic analysis to concrete policy proposals and be able to intelligently participate in the public debates that affect our nation.

Careers: Policy advisor, economic analyst, banker, tax accountant, financial services lawyer, professor

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A political economy and government degree from AMU will prepare you for a career in accounting, government, banking, financial services, law or academics. You’ll also gain research, problem-solving and communication skills that will help you in any career.

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Political Economy & Government

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  1. Research and problem solving skills. Analyze, compare and contrast different approaches to domestic policy. Write research papers and engage in lively debates on issues such as immigration, health care and the national debt.
  2. Communication skills. Learn how to communicate your position on key policies with intelligence and clarity. Back up your assertions with relevant data and expert analyses.
  3. Become an informed citizen. Exercise your right to vote and your political activism with a deeper understanding of the issues facing this nation and of the merits and challenges of different policy proposals.
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In addition to the core curriculum, political economy and government majors take the following courses:

  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • POLT 201 Introduction to Political Thought
  • POLT 301 American Government
  • POLT 304 Constitutional Law
  • STAT 230 Applied Statistics

One elective out of:

  • ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 302 Intermediate Microeconomics

One elective out of:

  • OLT 302 Catholic Political Thought
  • THEO 315 Catholic Social Teaching

One elective out of:

  • POLT 305 Public Policy
  • POLT 311 Entrepreneurship and Civil Society
  • POLT 314 U.S. Foreign Policy

One additional elective in economics

Other courses in the same areas of politics and economics may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

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Those who have graduated from Ave Maria with a politics major have gone on to work in Washington D.C. for members of Congress and have worked in a variety of policy organizations that study, advocate and lobby for specific public policies. Others have gone on to graduate school to continue studying politics with the goal of one day teaching in secondary or higher education, or to law school. There are a number of careers that are available for politics majors, from political consulting, working on campaigns, political advocacy, journalism and public service on the local, state, national and international levels.

Below are links that outline the wealth of career opportunities for political science graduates:




The university is affiliated through Career Services with numerous political organizations in Florida and D.C (see below). Internship and mentoring programs are available for students interested in a political career.

– U.S Dept. of State – Washington, D.C & International

– FL House of Representatives – Tallahassee, FL

– David Rivera, Representative – Tallahassee, FL

– American Life League – Washington, D.C

  1. Our alumni work in all areas of business: analysis, sales, consulting, management, logistics, accounting, information systems, sports, health care.  Many have gone on to graduate study in business, law, and other areas.
  2. The Department of Business offers a major and a minor in Business Administration, a major and a minor in Accounting, a major in Finance, and a major in Global Affairs and International Business.
  3. We have a close relationship with the Career Services Department.  Jointly we run a Corporate Internship program, through which students are placed in internships that are overseen by our faculty.
  4. Our professors have multiple, advanced degrees in management, accounting, finance, economics, taxation, and law.
  5. The top 20% of business juniors and seniors is qualified for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society.

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The spiritual life on campus is the beating heart of Ave. Whether it’s attending Mass, receiving the sacraments, participating in retreats or getting spiritual direction, you’ll find the spiritual support you need from the priests and staff of Campus Ministry.

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With AMU’s core curriculum, you’ll not only achieve breadth of knowledge, but also depth of knowledge. You’ll encounter the truth about God and His creation more completely through the dynamic interplay of all of the liberal arts, including theology and natural science.

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Sunny skies, warm temperatures, a beautiful campus. What more could you want? How about a community-like atmosphere, quality instructors who care about your success, a wealth of spiritual activities, expert career guidance… and that’s only the beginning. Imagine your future at AMU. It all starts by filling out our free application today.


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