School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

International Political Economy (B.A. B.S.)

The International Political Economy program is an interdisciplinary academic program to help students function successfully in today’s increasingly complex international environment. Graduates will develop skill sets that include critical thinking, knowledge of multiple cultures, and effective communication skills. Students will be prepared for entry level analytical and administrative positions in the public, nonprofit, and for profit private sectors. The School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences offers both the B.A. and B.S. degree in International Political Economy. The B.A. degree places a somewhat greater emphasis on culture, literature, and history. The B.S. degree places a somewhat greater emphasis in economics and international finance.

Employment options include, but are not limited to:

  • Careers in the diplomatic corps;
  • Positions with international organizations including The United Nations, World Trade Organization, World Bank, and others;
  • Positions with multinational corporations as analysts and managers.

Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements 1: 42 hours

    A. Communication (6 hours)
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours) 3
      3 hours Mathematics (at or above College Algebra MATH 1314)
      4 hours Quantitative Reasoning (EPPS 3405)2, 4
    E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

    1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
    2 A Major requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum above.
    3 Students wishing to pursue Master's or Ph.D. degrees in economics should consult their advisor about appropriate mathematics and quantitative methods courses.
    4 Three hours are counted under Quantitative Reasoning core, and one hour is counted under Free Electives.

II. Major Requirements: 22 hours

    Major Preparatory Courses (1 hour beyond Core Curriculum)
    EPPS 3405 Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab
    Major Core Courses (Select 7 courses from the following)
    ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
    GEOG 3370 The Global Economy
    GEOG 2303 People and Place: An Introduction to World Geographic Regions
    GEOG 3304 Tools for Spatial Analysis
    PSCI 4329 Global Politics
    PSCI 4356 International Political Economy
    ISSS 3349 World Resources and Development
    LIT 3304 Advanced Composition

    4 Three hours are counted under Quantitative Reasoning core, and one hour is counted under Major Preparatory Courses.

III. Elective Requirements: 36 hours

    International Political Economy (15 hours)

    All students are required to take at least eighteen hours of Advanced Electives from approved courses.

    Area Electives (9 hours)

    This requirement may be satisfied with upper-division courses from any given area within IPEC and related fields of study. Students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.

    Foreign Language Requirement (12 hours)

    Four consecutive semesters (spring and fall semesters) in one language of choice or if the language credit is obtained without requiring to take classes, 12 hours of Free Electives (upper-division or lower-division) can be taken by student.

IV. Free Electives Requirements: 20 hours

    This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of study. Students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.


International Political Economy (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science in International Political Economy Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements 1: 42 hours

    A. Communication (6 hours)
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours) 3
    E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

    1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
    2 A Major requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum above.
    3 Students wishing to pursue Master's or Ph.D. degrees in economics should consult their advisor about appropriate mathematics and quantitative methods courses.
    4 Three hours are counted under Quantitative Reasoning core, and one hour is counted under Major Preparatory Courses.

II. Major Requirements: 28 hours

    Major Preparatory Courses (1 hour beyond Core Curriculum)
    EPPS 3405 Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab2, 4
    Major Core Courses (select 9 courses from the following)
    ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECON 3310 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
    ECON 3311 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
    ECON 4360 International Trade
    GEOG 2303 People and Place: An Introduction to World Geographic Regions
    GEOG 3304 Tools for Spatial Analysis
    ISSS 3349 World Resources and Development
    LIT 3304 Advanced Composition
    PSCI 4329 Global Politics
    PSCI 4356 International Political Economy

    4 Three hours are counted under Quantitative Reasoning core, and one hour is counted under Major Preparatory Courses.

III. Elective Requirements: 33 hours

    International Political Economy (15 hours)
    All students are required to take at least fifteen hours of Advanced Electives from approved courses.

    Area Electives (6 hours)
    This requirement may be satisfied with upper-division courses from any given area within IPEC and related fields of study. Students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.

    Foreign Language Requirement (12 hours)
    Four consecutive long semesters (spring and fall semesters) in one language of choice or if the language credit is obtained without requiring to take classes, 12 hours of Free Electives (upper-division or lower- division) can be taken by student.

IV. Free Elective Requirements: 17 hours

    This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of study. Students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.

Minor in International Political Economy (18 hours)

Please see your advisor for the latest requirements for this minor.