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UW-Madison Summer Special Program

What’s it like to take an econ class online?

Online courses are convenient and provide many ways to engage with the material you’re learning. Each online course is structured differently, and the instructor will provide guidance on course features and details.  Below is an example of how one of our most popular econ courses is structured:

Economics 101:  Principles of Microeconomics (six week course)

  • Weekday “office hours” chats with Professor David Johnson
  • Opportunities to submit questions via chat room outside of office hours
  • Problem sets due on selected Fridays
  • Flexible scheduling for midterm and final exams (choose a block of time in a 15-hour window)

Economics and Political Science:

Make progress toward your degree this summer by meeting requirements with political science and economics courses.

UW-Madison’s Political Science Department is home to one of the oldest and most respected programs in the nation, and one of the most popular majors on campus. The department receives consistently high rankings in national surveys, and its award-winning faculty are known for innovative research on current and important questions, as well as dedication to teaching.

The UW-Madison Economics Program provides a foundation for students to understand markets and systems that govern the use of resources within societies. It provides a framework for understanding how and why human exchanges work, making it relevant for many fields where human interaction occurs.

Below is a sample of political science and economics courses offered in 2017, including on-campus and online options. Courses are grouped by theme or the UW-Madison degree requirements they fulfill. Contact your advisor to see which courses might help you graduate faster or lighten your load in a future semester.


  • Economics 101: Principles of Microeconomics (online)
  • Economics 102: Principles of Macroeconomics (online or face-to-face)
  • Economics 302: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (online)

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Political Science

  • Political Science 209: Introduction to Political Theory (online)
  • Political Science 317:  The Politics of Human Rights (online)
  • Political Science 359: Problems in American Foreign Policy (online)

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Coming to campus this summer?

Madison combines the tranquility of a mid-sized city with the cultural opportunities of a major metropolitan center. Here are some attractions on and near campus you can enjoy this summer:



Available for qualified students




Enrollment opens in April




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