Economics: International Political Economy


An Economics major, International Political Economy track

You want to tackle policy issues that affect the U.S. and the world, such as climate change, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and economic development.

Study Economics with a focus on the International Political Economy and you will better understand cultural diversity and variations in economic and political systems among nations. You will examine the key players in the global arena and the international issues confronting the U.S. You will learn and apply analytical tools to interpret such issues and evaluate international policies.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics provides you with the knowledge to explore and understand human behavior, contemporary social issues such as poverty, discrimination, economic justice, history, culture, and international relations. 

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

You will be well prepared for graduate studies in politics, economics, and law. By studying global issues, you will have the necessary flexibility to seek career opportunities in government, non-government organizations, international organizations, and business.

Economics faculty

Faculty represent a wide range of expertise in areas such as healthcare, the public sector, international trade and economic development, labor and industrial organization, teaching methods, and human capital development. Their applied research and publications cover immigration and wage discrimination, market freedom and government intervention, forecasting, and healthcare market and policy, among others. Faculty serve as consultants to both private and public enterprises in the New England region, as well as international organizations such as the World Bank of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

Economics Major Requirements – International Political Economy Track*

Research Methods in Economics (ECO210)

Intermediate Microeconomics (ECO313)

Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO314)

Capstone Economics Seminar (ECO490)

            *Tracks: Within the Economics major, you will choose one of three tracks

      International Political Economy track of Bachelor of Arts in Economics

     Take any four of the following:

  • Money and Banking (ECO201)
  • Economics of Social Issues (ECO213)
  • Euro-American Economic History (ECO265)
  • Business and Economics of European Union (ECO285)
  • Econometrics (ECO315)
  • Economic Development (ECO367)
  • Cultures and Economies in Transition (ECO376)
  • Economics Internship (ECO391)
  • Applied Microeconomics: Case Studies (ECO413)
  • Applied Macroeconomics: Case Studies (ECO414)
  • Applied Econometrics for Business and Public Policy (ECO415)
  • Current Affairs of East Asian Economy (ECO450)
  • International Trade (ECO471)
  • Economic Growth: Policy and Practice (ECO480)

Take any two of the following:

  • Mass Communication in the Global Village (COM478)
  • Introduction to Global Politics /Anthropology (GLOB241or 242 or 243), POLS241 or POLS290 (Take only ONE course from this list.)
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations 1820 to Present (HIS369)
  • Financial and Economic Developments in Latin America (IB387)
  • International Business Law (LGLS451)
  • International Marketing (MKT368)
  • United States Foreign policy (POLS351). Latin American Politics (POLS363), or European Politics (POLS364), or Russian and Eastern European Politics (POLS471) (Take only ONE course from this list.)
  • International Relations (POLS462)
  • Politics of Developing Countries (POLS481)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought*

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales). Some minors may require more than four courses.

Electives  - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

*Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum of 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

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To learn more, please contact:
Sam Mirmirani, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics

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