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Program Overview

The Political Economy program at Ashland University explores the history, principles and interactions between political policy and economics. You will examine the foundations of free society, discuss questions of justice and human well-being and determine the impact of modern government on markets and the businesses that allow them to thrive. You may graduate with a major or a minor in this field on your path toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.


John Moser talking to students in his history class

Learning Experiences

Students in the Political Economy program benefit from seminar-style classes that promote free and open discussion of ideas, both modern and historical. As you study the inner workings of governmental economics, you will travel near and far to meet local business leaders and pursue internships in legislative and nonprofit environments. You are also invited to participate in entrepreneurial initiatives through the Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Economics.

Whether you pursue a major or minor in Political Economy, you may apply to the Ashbrook Scholars Program in the Ashbrook Center. This prestigious scholarship is awarded to exceptional students of History, Political Science and Political Economy. Recipients gain access to a national network of political scholars and exclusive internship opportunities.


Students in world history class

Sample Curriculum

Required courses include:

  • POLEC 200: Foundations of Political Economy
  • ENG 101: English Composition I
  • POLSC 101: Understanding Politics
  • POLEC 310: Political Economy of a Free Society
  • POLSC 102: Democracy in America
  • ECON 233: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • POLSC 345: Western Political Thought III

Download a copy of the Four-Year Guide and the Projected Course Offering.

Contact Information

John Moser, Ph.D.
Chair, History and Political Science Department
119 Andrews Hall 

Angela Miller
Administrative Assistant
203 Bixler Hall