Some good news for undergraduates at Notre Dame! Political economy courses will continue to be offered to undergraduates in the Fall of 2010. This includes courses on the Political Economy of Development, the Political Economy of the Financial Crisis, the Economics of War and Peace, and Marxian Economic Theory, among others. In addition, at least one of the principles of microeconomics courses (Dr. Ruccio’s section) will expose students to alternative economic theories in addition to the firm grounding in neoclassical theory that all introductory econ courses provide.
Although I am not completely certain of the structural arrangement, these courses are all listed as ECON and so economics majors will have the option to fulfill part of their major requirements with these courses. This current arrangements allow for students at Notre Dame to receive a strong grounding in neoclassical theory and econometric methods as well as alternative economic theories: in a sense, the best of both worlds. To those who made decisions for these courses to be available: many students and alumni are grateful.