BA / BS in International Political Economy - FAQs

I am an undergraduate who speaks a foreign language. How can I receive credit?

There are three routes to be considered, depending on the language and how you learned it.

  1. Students may take an exam to receive undergraduate credit.
    • Take the CLEP exam in French, German or Spanish exam score a 58 or higher.
      http://oue.utdallas.edu/undergraduate-%C2%ADadvising/clep-credit/
    • While in high school, if you took one of the following AP exams in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese and scored a 4 or 5, submit the score to UTD. Depending on the language, credit may be for one or two years. Check the Office of Undergraduate Education’s Credit page for up-to-date policies and score requirements.
      http://oue.utdallas.edu/undergraduate-advising/ap-credit/
    • While in high school, if you took one of the IB exams in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, or Vietnamese and scored a 6 or a 7, submit the score to UTD. Depending on the language, credit may be for one or two years. Check the Office of Undergraduate Education’s page for up-to-date policies and score requirements.
      http://oue.utdallas.edu/undergraduate-advising/ib-credit/
  2. Students may establish proficiency to have the requirement waived. (Then the student must take an additional 12 hours of electives).
    • For languages in which there is no exam, students may be eligible to be certified as proficient equivalent to two years college level work by an approved faculty member at UTD who is fluent in that language. If you are certified, then you will have to take an additional 12 hours of electives for your BA/BS IPE.
    • Complete the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma or U.S. baccalaureate degree where this language was the medium of instruction (documentation will be required). College level work done in a foreign language will also be considered with proper documentation. If you are certified, then you will have to take an additional 12 hours of electives for your BA/BS IPE.
I am a foreign student and need to improve my English?

Here are three suggestions for you to improve your English

  1. Callier Center Richardson offers accent reduction programs for UTD students.
    • Weekly meetings on Friday mornings for an hour
    • Clients are grouped into groups of 2 (typically) with one instructor
    • The fee is $50 per semester for UTD students.
    • Contact: Karen Kaplan, School of Brain and Behavioral Sciences ([email protected])
  2. Join a group like Toastmasters at UTD to practice public speaking
  3. For a more intensive program, check out the ELS program that is located on campus (but independent from UTD).
I want to go to graduate school. What should I do?
  1. If you are interested in graduate programs in political science.
    • For the quantitatively oriented, you should consider getting a minor in math or statistics.
      http://catalog.utdallas.edu/2014/undergraduate/programs/nsm/minors
    • If you are not quantitatively oriented and your interests are international, you should gain geographic area experience and foreign language expertise through study abroad or internship abroad.
    • If you are not quantitatively oriented and your interests are domestic, you should pursue internship opportunities or placement in the Archer program or the Austin program.
    • Internships in general, are a good idea.
  2. If you are interested in graduate programs in economics
  3. If you are interested in graduate programs in public policy
    • Gain professional experience and development, including relevant internships, volunteer work, etc.
    • Have a strong command of calculus
    • Coursework in statistics and economics is viewed favorably
  4. To fast-track into EPPS masters degrees, see
    http://www.utdallas.edu/epps/resources/advising.html#fast-track
  5. To fast-track into JSOM masters degrees, such as finance or marketing
  6. If you are interested in law school

For most graduate programs, the standardized test for graduate admission is the GRE. UT Dallas masters programs in IPE, Public Policy and Political Science will waive this requirement for UT Dallas alumni in good standing. For law school, the relevant test is he LSAT.

I want to study abroad. What should I do?
  1. Go see your advisor!
    • In addition to seeing where courses abroad may fit in your major, you need to make sure you have finished key degree requirements here before you go. The intent of your study abroad will influence what types and what levels of instruction you should take. Working in advance with your advisor will facilitate a smoother approval process with Associate Dean for the transfer equivalency of the courses you might take aboard.
    • Timing is important. It is not recommend to go abroad in the last semester because it usually takes 3-6 months to receive the transcripts. This delay will prevent graduation requirements from being met.
  2. Where should I go abroad?

    In general, there are two options.
  3. Information on scholarships for study abroad, etc:
    http://www.utdallas.edu/ea/funding/
  4. What is the paperwork and approval process?
    http://www.utdallas.edu/ea/application-process/
  5. Make sure you are eligible! UT Dallas requirements etc.:
    http://www.utdallas.edu/ea/faqs/
  6. Can I do an internship abroad?
    Absolutely. You still need to complete the
    Education Abroad Student Application.
  7. Finally, here are some helpful hints for a safe trip:
    http://www.utdallas.edu/ea/before-you-go/
I am interested in a career in business, what should I do?

Consider a minor from JSOM (all these require more math)

Minor in Marketing

Minor in Energy Management

Minor in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management

Minor in Business Administration

Minors in marketing, finance, accounting, and business administration are also possible, but may require extra hours

I want to work in government (US Citizens)
  1. Get an internship!
  2. Participate in the Archer program or our program in Austin, TX
  3. Get tooled up. People with strong quantitative skills have an advantage in the federal government
  4. Educate yourself. Read these two helpful guides

Guide to Internships and Fellowships in Government: This guide is a collection of interviews and surveys of more than 40 career counselors, former interns and fellows, and program coordinators of the best ways to establish yourself in government.

Getting Into Government: Guide for High Achievers: From a step-by-step walk-through of setting up a USAJOBS search to a behind-­‐the-­‐scenes look at what happens to resumes once they’re submitted to an agency, this guide demystifies the process and equips job seekers to launch their public sector career.

What can I do with a major in International Political Economy?

IPE Careers PDF