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Overview

At The College of Idaho in our Department of Political Economy we provide students with a unique perspective on the world through rigorous classes that focus on collaborative learning processes that are unrivaled in success upon graduation.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Understand and analyze human society.
  • Reassess personal values regarding economic and political issues.
  • Gain an understanding of economic and political principles within a broad domestic and global societal context.
  • Express complex and personally-developed political and economic positions both orally and in writing.
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

View this degree in the course catalog

35 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

 

Introductory Core

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-120 International Politics 3 credits
     
POE-250 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3 credits
  or  
POE-255 Introduction to Political Philosophy Through Plato 3 credits
     
POE-260 Comparative Politics 3 credits
POE-263 Introduction to Political Economy 3 credits
POE-299 Evidence, Proof, and Knowledge 3 credits

 

Additional Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-351 Political Economy of Development 3 credits
POE-380 International Political Economy 3 credits
POE-499 Senior Seminar: International Political Economy 3 credits
POE- Political Economy elective credits 12 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
Major
Political Economy Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Social Sciences & History

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

35 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

 

Introductory Core

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-100 Essentials of American Government 3 credits
  or  
POE-241 Introduction to Public Policy 3 credits
     
POE-120 International Politics 3 credits
  or  
POE-260 Comparative Politics 3 credits
     
POE-250 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3 credits
  or  
POE-255 Introduction to Political Philosophy Through Plato 3 credits
     
POE-263 Introduction to Political Economy 3 credits
POE-299 Evidence, Proof, and Knowledge 3 credits

 

Additional Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-498 Senior Seminar: Political Economy 3 credits
POE ELEC - Political Economy elective credits 17 credits

 

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.

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Political Economy Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Social Sciences & History

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
POE-100 Essentials of American Government 3 credits
  or  
POE-241 Introduction to Public Policy 3 credits
     
POE-120 International Politics 3 credits
     
POE-250 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3 credits
  or  
POE-255 Introduction to Political Philosophy Through Plato 3 credits
     
POE-263 Introduction to Political Economy 3 credits
POE ELEC - Political Economy elective credits 3 credits

 

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.

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