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.

Students focus on the interaction between politics and economics in comparative and international settings. They examine the possibilities and constraints furnished by social structures, institutions, ideologies, and culture within and across societies, and they look 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 option during the senior year.

Competency in a foreign language or study outside the United States is required.