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BA Economics Major (Political Economy Track)

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

46040 USD
46040 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department of Economics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600

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About this course

The track in Political Economy emphasizes the roots of modern economics in the history of economic thought and the interconnections between social forces, political institutions, and economic power. This track constitutes an excellent preparation for a variety of professional schools and careers. 

It is easiest to understand the requirements for the major in Economics (Political Economy Track) by reference to the Major Requirement Declaration Form. Take special note of the five dimensions of the major. Keeping these five dimensions in mind will help you to plan your program, and to avoid the most common missteps on the road to completion of the major.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be well-prepared for a college like Barnard, it is important to think about the academic community you are hoping to join. Barnard's general education requirements cover a wide range of subjects: literature, the social sciences, language and the arts, lab sciences, and quantitative areas. For this reason, you should acquire a strong foundation in high school, taking courses from the core academic subjects: math, science, English, history, and foreign language. Do your best to take the most rigorous classes available to you in which you can do your best work. For transfer students, our recommendations are similar. Take courses that are recommended to fulfill general requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. If an area is a relative weakness, continue taking that subject while pursuing advanced coursework in areas of relative strength. Remember, we hope to see how you might contribute to our intellectual community, and your choices tell us what kind of a student you will be.

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Course Modules

Course Title

Course Number


Intro to Economic Reasoning1



Math Methods for Economics2



Intermediate Macro Theory3



Intermediate Micro Theory4



Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy



1. Interdisciplinary Elective



2. Linked Interdisciplinary Elective



3. Linked Upper-Level InterdisciplinaryElective



1. Open Economics Elective



2. Upper-Level Economics Elective



3. Upper-Level Economics Elective



Senior Thesis I or Senior Seminar



Senior Thesis II or Upper-Level Elective



 ECON UN1105 (at Columbia) may be substituted for BC1003

2 Calculus I (MATH UN1101) may be substituted for ECON BC1007 to satisfy the Math Methods requirement.

3 ECON UN3213 (at Columbia) may be substituted for BC3033

4 ECON UN3211 (at Columbia) may be substituted for BC3035.

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How to Apply

Submit all supporting materials

  • Request that all official high school and college transcripts be sent to Barnard College along with your high school's profile. Your guidance counselor will also need to submit the School Report.
  • Submit official standardized testing. For more information, please view
  • Submit Teacher Evaluation forms. We require letters from two teachers that taught you in core academic subjects (English, foreign language, history [social science], mathematics, or science) in your final two years of secondary school.
  • Your counselor will submit the mid-year report with your first semester senior grades by March 1st via the common application.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable). In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for students whose primary language is not English and who have not been enrolled in a school where English is the primary medium of instruction for four consecutive years

Optional Supplemental Materials

  • Students may choose to complete an on-campus or off-campus interview. For information on how and when to schedule an interview, please visit our admissions interview page. 
  • Students may choose to submit supplementary portfolios (art—including film, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture—music, dance, theatre, or creative writing) for review via Slideroom. 
    Please note: Supplementary material will not be reviewed by Barnard faculty, and unfortunately, during high volume periods, we cannot guarantee it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 

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