Economics, Law & Politics Department Learning Opportunities

  • The MSUM Department of Economics, Law & Politics takes great pride in the research opportunities offered to students. Our majors present at the university’s Student Academic Conference and compete at the national level in both research presented to national audiences and research published in peer-reviewed undergraduate journals. In addition, nearly one-third of our graduating seniors—10 to 15 students each year—go to graduate school, often being accepted to Big 10 universities with a high level of graduate funding.

  • At MSUM, we take great pride in research opportunities offered to students. Economics majors present at the annual Student Academic Conference and compete at the national level in both research presented to national audiences and research published in peer-reviewed undergraduate journals. For more about research opportunities, contact your academic advisor.

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    • Hosting speakers and programs
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    Our students consistently perform in the top tier at the Arrowhead Model U.N. Conference and have received numerous group and individual awards each year.

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    MSU Moorhead’s Political Science Department hosts the Alpha Eta Mu Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. New members are inducted each spring during the department’s annual Political Science Honors banquet. Membership is open to students of any major as long as the following requirements are met:

    • Completed at least 15 credits of Political Science
    • Completed at least one 300-level Political Science course
    • 3.0 GPA in Political Science
    • 3.0 GPA overall

    For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Headrick at

    Political Science club is a student organization that brings together Political Science majors and any other students interested in topics related to political science. This includes watching films with political themes, attending events on campus related to political issues, inviting off-campus and on-campus experts to discuss issues of the day, or simply hosting social events to bring together those with common interests.

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    The Economics Lab, located in MacLean Hall 381, provides students with a welcoming setting to build peer connections; study in a quiet, comfortable space; collaborate on homework, research and class projects; interact with faculty and hold organization meetings.

    Available resources include computers, economics textbooks and related reading materials. The Economics Lab also houses a collection of Center for Economic Education resource materials.

    The Economics Lab is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.