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Political Economy, Global Studies, and Environmental Justice

Through a broad interdisciplinary lens and close case studies you will investigate the vital political, economic, ecological, and social issues of the early 21st century. Learn about their history and development, their present manifestation, and possible alternatives.

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Who has what, who does what kinds of work, how did it become that way, and how could it be different? Investigate answers through the combined study of economics, politics, ecology, geography, cultural studies, history, sociology, and philosophy. Learn the role of power in determining how the economy and society work, for whom they work, and with what ecological consequences. Your programs will examine imperialism, colonialism, ecological transformation, climate change, revolution, race, gender, economic and environmental inequality, neoliberal globalization, migration, and the rise of social classes and movements.

  • Investigate the causes of economic, social, and environmental inequality
  • Learn micro- and macroeconomics in historical context, along with alternative approaches
  • Explore capitalism and its relationship to colonial conquest
  • Study the historical development of the Anthropocene Era
  • Understand the theories, history and practices of social movements for change
  • Critically examine liberalism, Marxism, anarchism, populism, and fascism
  • Develop a historically-grounded global perspective
  • Envision alternative economic systems and a healthy planetary ecology

You will learn how social change has occurred in the past so you can join with others as more effective agents of change. Explore alternative visions for economies, ecologies, and societies that promote justice and environmental sustainability. Apply your learning through community-based internships, study abroad, and intensive research.

Completion of this path of study will prepare you to succeed in graduate work in environmental studies, political economy, law, education, international studies, and other fields, as well as careers and community-based work in local and international non-profits, social work, and governmental agencies.

Olympia Capital Campus

Programs that begin in Fall 2020

16-credit programs

Community Teaching: Pasts, Presents, and Futures (F)
Global Studies: Plants and Empire (S)(Foundation)
International Economics and the Political Economy of Borders (F)(Intermediate)
Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water (FW)(Interdivisional)
Refugees, Migrants, Borders and Walls (FW) (Intermediate to Advanced)

Programs that begin in Winter 2021

16-credit programs

A History of the United States: Race, Class, and Gender (W)(Foundation)
Alternatives to Capitalism: Socialism and Other (W)(Advanced)

Programs that begin in Spring 2021

16-credit programs

Making Feminist Sense of Global Politics and Economics (S)(Advanced)
Macroeconomics, Money and Crisis (S)(Foundation)
Politics of Identity, Scale, and Nature (S)(Interdivisional)

Programs planned 2021-25


  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Political Economy and Social Movements
  • Political Economy and Climate Justice
  • Environmental Justice


  • Advanced Political Economy
  • Botany: Plants and People
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Political Ecology: Politics of Nature