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International Political Economy Major

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Major

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 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, 471-490, 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:

1.

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

2.

 

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

1 unit

3.

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

2 units

4.

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)