Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2017-06
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: August 29, 2016
Date of Second Reading: September 26, 2016
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences –-Economics program in CLAS/School of Politics and Global Studies – for the establishment of an undergraduate degree – BS in Politics and the Economy
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The BS in Politics and the Economy will prepare students for careers that require a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between politics and the economy. The proposed degree is a response to the growing recognition that many of the world’s most pressing problems, e.g., growth and development, tax reforms, climate change, are fundamentally political and economic problems. The program combines core courses in both economics and political science. Students will graduate with strong quantitative and modeling skills and a rich understanding of political context. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for careers in business, economic and political consulting, law, and government, or to pursue
advanced degrees in law, business, economics, or political science. There are no similar degrees anywhere in the state of Arizona.