International Political Economy

Robert G. Williams, Department of Economics
Kenneth E. Gilmore, Department of Political Science

Understanding the complexities of global finance, production and trade; describing and explaining the patterns of capital accumulation on a world scale; clarifying the connections among state-making, international markets and world development – require the integration of the theoretical insights of the disciplines of economics and political science. The international political economy minor encourages students to explore the interplay of economics and politics in the global arena. Students will learn the contending analytical perspectives that characterize scholarship on the politics of international economic relations. Students will also become familiar with the tools of economic analysis, including how to read a balance of payments table, how to analyze a foreign exchange market and how to evaluate the impact of international capital flows on domestic policy. The basic principles developed in introductory level courses are applied to real-world issues in the upper-level course electives.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

ECON 221Macroeconomic Principles: “Global Vision: the U.S. in the World Economy”4
PSCI 330Global Power and Wealth4
Select two of the following:8
Comparative Economic Systems: “The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire”
Economic and Social Development: “‘Beneath’ the United States.”
International Economics: “‘Beside’ the United States”
Total Credits16

Total credit hours required for international political economy minor is 16 credits