Social Thought and Political Economy
Explore perspectives and concepts to help you make sense of a complex political world.
The only program of its kind in New England, the Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC) program is designed for students who want a challenging major that will help them understand the world and work toward changing it.
STPEC encourages students to engage in a critical examination of society and to develop their own capacities for critical reading, writing, and thinking on different axes of societal oppression and resistance—most prominently on class, race, gender, and sexuality.
You'll cross disciplinary lines to confront fundamental questions often ignored or neglected by traditional academic thought as they explore theories that address relations among individuals, society, and government.
Our curriculum comes from a variety of departments in the social sciences and humanities, including African American Studies; Anthropology; Communication; Economics; History; Legal Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Your courses will explore issues such as freedom and the state, economic structural inequality, work and labor relations, the relationship of Western to non-Western cultures, and social and economic power dynamics.