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Overview

Prepare for a career in international politics, development, economics and business.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Analyze and explain the ways in which government affects the allocation of scarce resources through public policies.
  • Understand the ways the economic system affects the policies created by government.
  • Develop critical reasoning skills while recognizing the importance of economic, political, and philosophical principles.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
International Political Economy Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Social Sciences & History

Courses and Requirements

35 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

Introductory Core

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-120International Politics3 credits
 
POE-250Introduction to Political Philosophy3 credits
or
POE-255Introduction to Political Philosophy Through Plato3 credits
 
POE-260Comparative Politics3 credits
POE-263Introduction to Political Economy3 credits
POE-299Evidence, Proof, and Knowledge3 credits

Additional Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-351Political Economy of Development3 credits
POE-380International Political Economy3 credits
POE-499Senior Seminar: International Political Economy3 credits
POE-Political Economy elective credits12 credits
MFL-Foreign Language Requirement

Students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 in POE courses taken at The College of Idaho are eligible to apply for departmental honors. Eligible students will meet individually with the professor leading the senior seminar to discuss departmental expectations regarding an honors paper to be written during the senior seminar. The standards for achieving honors are high. In addition to high-quality composition, papers must demonstrate intellectual rigor and creativity, excellent expression of the student's voice, and an exceptional literature review and bibliography appropriate to the paper. Students who seek honors will have the final draft of their senior papers evaluated by all faculty members of the Political Economy Department. Upon consensus by all departmental faculty that the student's paper is deserving of such recognition, the student will graduate with departmental honors.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students pursuing an International Political Economy major can satisfy this requirement through one of following options: (1) successful completion of two intermediate-level college semester courses in a foreign language or a PEAK minor from the Modern Foreign Languages Department; (2) passing a standardized intermediate-level foreign language examination; (3) successful completion of multiple foreign language courses from an approved study abroad program as determined by the Department of Political Economy; or (4) successful completion of the IPE major as an international student whose home language is not English.

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
International Development Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Social Sciences & History

Courses and Requirements

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-120International Politics3 credits
POE-263Introduction to Political Economy3 credits

Complete at least 9 credits from the following courses:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ATH-305Culture Change and the World System3 credits
POE-130Global Issues1 credits
POE-199Model United Nations I1 credits
POE-260Comparative Politics3 credits
POE-351Political Economy of Development3 credits
POE-368African Political Economy3 credits
POE-370Political Economy of China3 credits
POE-374Political Economy of SE Asia3 credits
POE-380International Political Economy3 credits
POE-392Field Research Methods3 credits
POE-399Model United Nations II1 credits

With approval of the International Development Minor supervisor, students may potentially apply credits earned from approved study abroad programs or relevant internships.

Why C of I: Political EconomyTwo Programs in One

The C of I does not treat political science and economics as two separate disciplines. We believe it is superior to study the two together, analyzing how economics affect politics while studying the effects government policies have on the economy.