International Political Economy Major


Major Requirements

39 Credits

Introductory Core

POE-110United States Political Economy

3 credits

POE-120International Politics

3 credits


POE-250Introduction to Political Philosophy

3 credits


POE-255Introduction to Political Philosophy through Plato

3 credits


POE-263Introduction to Political Economy

3 credits

POE-298International Research Methods

2 credits

Upper-Division Requirements

Complete the following required courses:

POE-351Political Economy of Development

3 credits

POE-380International Political Economy

3 credits

POE-499Senior Seminar: Internatl Political Economy

3 credits

Students selecting a major in International Political Economy are strongly encouraged to learn a modern foreign language, complete departmental honors (for those who qualify, see below), or otherwise enhance their educational experience.

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 who earn an A in the Senior Seminar will receive departmental honors. 


Complete 15 additional credits of POE coursework.
Political Economy Elective Coursework

15 credits

Experiential Learning Requirement

International Political Economy majors must complete experiential learning by successfully completing 1-3 credits of an internship (INT-497), Model UN (POE-199 or POE-399), or an international study away program approved by the College.


1-6 credits

POE-199Model United Nations I

1 credit

POE-399Model United Nations II

2 credits


Upon successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

1) Apply major philosophies and established theories of international political economy sufficient to analyze international affairs and global issues in both written and oral formats;

2) Critically assess social science perspectives and analytical methods sufficient to research issues containing international economic and political content, and to interpret the research conducted by others in international political economy;

3) Express in both written and oral formats complex personal positions regarding public policies and normative questions central to international political economy; and

4) Write a thesis-driven research paper making a reasoned argument positioned within international political economy scholarship and formatted in Chicago/Turabian style.