The undergraduate degrees in international political economy prepare students to manage today’s increasingly complex international environment. They will study material from multiple disciplines, including government, economics, geography, literature, foreign language and interdisciplinary classes. They will have the opportunity to choose from among a list of prescribed classes in international political economy and other electives related to a geographic area (Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, or Europe) to fulfill degree requirements.
The international political economy program offers an education focused on helping individuals succeed in the dynamic, global work force. In addition to developing strong analysis and evaluation skills, students will gain knowledge of different geographic regions and better understand issues of development, security and international policy. This broad perspective makes candidates more competitive in the evolving job market.
Graduates will develop a skill set that includes critical thinking, knowledge of multiple cultures and effective communication abilities. Students will be prepared for analytical and administrative positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Employment options include careers in the diplomatic corps; positions with international organizations including the United Nations, World Trade Organization and World Bank; and positions with multinational corporations as analysts and managers.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their career. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and help students connect with campus recruiters, among other services.
International political economy students at UT Dallas have two undergraduate degree options. The BA student will take more literature and history courses to prepare for diplomatic, governmental or nongovernmental organizations. Those seeking a BS degree will take more economics courses to prepare for employment in areas related to international business or government.
Some students choose to continue their graduate education at UT Dallas, enrolling in the international political economy master’s degree program. Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from exposure to UT Dallas’ acclaimed faculty across multiple disciplines.
The general BA and BS degrees require 120 hours to graduate. Both require 43 hours from the University’s core curriculum. The BA has 21 additional hours of major requirements and 36 hours of prescribed electives. The BS requires 27 hours of major requirements and 33 hours of prescribed electives.
UT Dallas undergraduates who meet the requirements for admission to graduate school and have at least a 3.25 UT Dallas cumulative GPA should consider the Fast-Track option. Fast-Track allows students to take up to 15 credit hours of graduate courses their senior year that count toward both their bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Students who successfully complete the Fast-Track requirements are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before entering the master's program.
Every new generation inherits a world more complex than that of their forefathers, which prompts a need for new thinking about public policies that impact people's daily lives. While our colleagues in the School of Management or the Jonsson School of Engineering are creating new managerial or technological systems, we in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) examine the implications of innovation and change for individuals and communities.
As an undergraduate in EPPS, you will have the chance to work with professors who are probing issues that will affect your future. You will develop the vital skills you need to thrive in a rapidly evolving, highly competitive job market. EPPS will prepare you for careers in government, non-profits and the private sector that enable you to make a real difference in the world of today and tomorrow.
Consider the following example of exciting work under way in EPPS. One of the most complex issues of our time is undoubtedly the question of how to improve public education. You hear rival opinions everywhere about the right way to fix our educational system. But researchers from a variety of disciplines within EPPS are working collaboratively to examine the hard data and measure efficiency, and their research could lead to improvements in educational practice and improve our children's ability to compete in a dynamic society.
EPPS is at the forefront of leadership, ethics and innovation in the public and nonprofit sectors. Our students and faculty look forward to new opportunities to study and address the complex and evolving issues of the future.
Research informs much of the instruction. The school has eight centers of excellence:
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts: Criminology, economics, geography, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, public affairs, political science, sociology
Master of Science: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, applied sociology, justice administration and leadership
Master of Arts: Political science, political science-constitutional law, political science-legislative studies
Master of Public Affairs: Public affairs
Master of Public Policy: Public policy
Doctor of Philosophy: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, public affairs, public policy and political economy, political science
The certificates offered through EPPS are:
Geographic Information Systems (GISc): a 15-hour graduate-level certificate focusing on the application of GIS in government, private sector and scientific areas, which can be completed in one year of part-time evening classes.
Remote Sensing: a 15-hour for-credit graduate certificate focusing on remote sensing and digital image processing, which can be completed in one year of part-time evening study.
Geospatial Intelligence: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the application of geospatial ideas and techniques to national security and other intelligence activity.
Public Affairs: 15-hour graduate-level certificates in homeland security, local government management, city planning and nonprofit management.
School Of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
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