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Econ-philosophy vs. Econ-political science?

nazazznazazz Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited November 2012 in Columbia University
I've been going back and forth between the two for a while now; they sound great, but I can't seem to find more information on either. Does anyone have any more insight into what these majors entail, and who they're geared towards? I've always been interested in the philosophies and political motives behind certain economic theories, I just don't know which one I'm more fascinated by.
PS I know that the academic areas we put down now aren't a commitment, but I'm having a hard time writing the "describe what draws you to fields you listed" supplement without a clear understanding of each of these majors.
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Replies to: Econ-philosophy vs. Econ-political science?

  • DatboyjjDatboyjj Registered User Posts: 227 Junior Member
    Econ-philosophy is probably more theoretical economics. It doesnt deal with real world examples like banking. That's my assumption. It seems like it focuses more on the idea and the argument. U probably will study people like Smith, Keynes, Hayek, and Friedman.

    In terms of economics-political science, it probably just deals with economics in relation to the government.

    Then again I dont know. I'm planning on doing the same.
  • yaybrownyaybrown Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Although I am by no means an expert in either subject area, I am planning on (or was planning on) doing Econ-Political Science, and I KNOW that it is not exactly what the previous poster said........ it is basically a double major with less requirements than any other traditional double major, not any type of difference in the type of econ you will be studying. You still have to cover the basics and take certain econ classes that are required for anyone in the econ program. You will be taking many econ and many poli sci classes if you do econ-polisci, and the same with philosophy for econ-phil. The exact requirements are actually in the econ dept's site here:
    Joint Economics-Philosophy Major | Columbia University - Economics
    Joint Economics-Political Science Major | Columbia University - Economics
  • soconfusedgradsoconfusedgrad Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    The poster above is correct. Economics that you study will be the same. However, two have varying (though connected) perspectives on economic theories.

    One gears toward a more Economic policy maker route. The fiscal cliff that is currently receiving attention will be up for discussion in classes like Political Economy. If you want to study how government and money affect and govern each other, this is the track for you.

    The other one (Econ - Phil), instead of focusing on politics and the government, looks at Economics from a worldly view. It deals with World economic problem, why some countries are rich and some are poor, how to fix them, and what social issues that comes with money or lack of.

    Granted you get overlaps because it is still Economics at the end of the day. Taking one doesn't remove you from another. You can always take classes on political philosophy for a broader and complete view on the subject.
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