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    International Political Economy

    Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Advisers; Professors GOULD (Political Science), HENDRICKSON (Political Science), KAPURIA-FOREMAN (Economics); Associate Professor ACRI (Economics), MCKENDRY (Political Science)

    The major in international political economy prepares students for careers in government, international organizations, international business, or private foundations; for further study in international economics and politics; and for constructive citizenship in a world of increasing interdependence. The major is designed for students with broad interests in international studies.

    The major focuses on the interaction between politics and economics in comparative and international settings. It examines the possibilities and constraints furnished by social structures, institutions, ideologies, and culture within and across societies, and it looks at the interplay of economic and political forces in the world arena. 

    Students are introduced to the field in their junior year when they take Introduction to International Political Economy, a course emphasizing theoretical foundations. They draw upon this body of theory as they undertake a research experience during their senior year.

    Major Requirements

    The Major

    In addition to the general college requirements, a major in international political economy must complete a minimum of 16 units, distributed as follows:

    A. Political Science Courses (5 units)

    PS205 Foundations of Political Economy OR

    PS270 Liberty and Equality OR

    PS298 What is Political Philosophy? OR

    PS292 American Political Thought


    1 unit

    PS209 Introduction to International Relations OR

    PS225 Conduct of American Foreign Policy

    (Either PS209 or PS225 can be counted toward the IPE major, BUT NOT BOTH)


    1 unit

    Remaining units must come from the Comparative Politics and International Relations subfields, including at least one unit from each.  Students may take a maximum of one pre-approved elective from outside the Department of Political Science. The Colorado College Catalog of Courses lists political science courses by subfield.


     3 units  

    B. Economics Courses (5 units)

    Notice that while International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level and Advanced Placement (AP) courses may count toward college credit as the equivalents of Economics 100, 101 and/or 102, they will not substitute for Economic Theory I (EC201), a course which uses calculus as a fundamental tool of the discipline. 

    EC201 Economic Theory 1

    (note that MA125 or 126 Calculus 1 is a prerequisite for EC201)

    1 unit

    EC301 Microeconomic Theory II

    1 unit

    EC302 Macroeconomic Theory II

    1 unit

    EC347 Economics of International Trade OR EC377 Economics of International Finance

    1 unit


     At least one of the following courses:

       EC343 Economic Development OR

       EC374 Economics of Latin America OR

    Other economics courses (for example those numbered EC271-290, 371-390, 471-489, 493) with prior approval from the chair of the Department of Economics and Business that they qualify as international economics electives.

    1 unit

    C. Mathematics Courses (2 units)

    MA117 or 217 or BY220

    Probability and Statistics OR Probability and Statistical Modeling OR Biostatistics and Experimental Design

    1 unit

    MA125 or 126

    Pre-Calculus, Calc 1 /Calculus 1

            1 unit

    D.  Foreign Language or Foreign Study Requirement (2 or 3 units)

    1. Second-year college proficiency in a modern foreign language (i.e. completion of the intermediate level of Colorado College’s curriculum, or comparable achievement on placement examinations).  Placement beyond the intermediate level would exempt students from this requirement OR

          2.    Three units of credit from an approved program of study outside the United States.       

    E.   Introduction to International Political Economy (1 unit)

    PS375/EC275 Introduction to IPE

    1 unit

    F. Capstone Research Experience (1 or 2 units)

    While all IPE majors must complete a senior research experience, the course satisfying this requirement may be taken in either in the Department of Political Science (as a one-block tutorial or a two-block thesis) or in the Department of Economics (as a one-block tutorial or a two-block thesis).  Supervising faculty in the two departments will seek to accommodate the interests and needs of IPE majors.  Students must follow the guidelines of the respective department in registering for the Capstone Research Experience. One of the following:


    Seminar in International Political Economy (PS470) or, with consent of Department of Political Science, students may satisfy this requirement through a Tutorial in International Relations (PS 410) or a Tutorial in Comparative Politics (PS 412);  

    1 unit



    Seminar in International Political Economy (EC470), supervised by Department of Economics and Business faculty;

    1 unit


    Political Science Thesis (PS450), with prerequisites of a high GPA and approval by the Department of Political Science;  

    2 units


    Economics Thesis in International Political Economy (EC498), with prerequisites of EC347 or EC377 or an approved international economics elective and approval by the chair of the Department of Economics and Business.

    2 units

    Whatever the choice of research experience, students must present their projects to their peers and discuss the research of fellow majors.

    Distinction in International Political Economy may be awarded to students whose GPAs within the major put them in the upper 20 percent and who have also completed and received a grade of A in their Capstone Research Experience. Faculty in both departments must approve the award of distinction to students who meet these qualifications.

    Advisers for the International Political Economy Major:

    Professor Vibha Kapuria-Foreman

    Economics (Campus extension 6419)

    Professor David Hendrickson

    Political Science (Campus extension 6585)



    Professor Kristina Lybecker

    Economics (Campus extension 6445)

    Professor John Gould

    Political Science (Campus extension 6589)



    Professor Corina McKendry

    Political Science (Campus extension 6788)