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Political Economy

About the Political Economy Program

The Political Economy major within the Department of History, Political Economy, Geography and Social Studies provides a thorough grounding in economics and politics to undergraduates, allowing them to be conversant with basic theories and practices of the political world and to connect that knowledge to the study of economic forces in the global environment.

Other programs offered by the Department of History, Political Economy, Geography and Social Studies are:

Why should you choose SAU’s political economy program?

With a strong liberal arts focus strategically linked to realities of political and economic action, the Spring Arbor University prepares students for entry-level positions in government and business, and graduate studies in economics, politics or law.

Courses and Requirements

The courses for the 36-hour political economy major include such subject areas as principles of economics, money and banking, American government, international relations, western political thought, constitutional law, and business & government. View the course requirements, as well as learn more about the political economy program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

On-Campus Opportunities

Spring Arbor University offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for students to get involved and apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world contexts. Here are some opportunities that might interest political economy students:

  • Interfaith Shelter Ministries: Interfaith Shelter is a homeless shelter located in downtown Jackson. Spring Arbor students spend one day a week serving food and visiting with the people of the shelter. They also lead small group fellowships and organize an annual food and clothing drive. For information about volunteering at Interfaith Shelter, please call 517.789.8735.
  • Law and Politics Society: LPS is a non-partisan student organization that wants to educate students about government and political issues and get them involved at a local, state, or national level.
  • Model Arab League (event): Model Arab League is an event sponsored through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in which students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world as they study a particular Arab nation and then prepare to “represent” that nation at a mock Arab League summit. Every year, SAU sends a team to the Model Arab League convention held at a participating Michigan university.
  • Multicultural and Intercultural Student Organizations: Students of any color or background are celebrated and supported on Spring Arbor University’s campus. With over ten organizations dedicated to fostering a dialogue between various ethnicities and promoting multiculturalism on SAU’s campus, there is something for everyone. Visit the intercultural relations website.