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Joint IR/Economics Major


This major combines international economics, which is the study of markets and economic policy, with international political economy, which studies international institutions and the interactions of states with those institutions and each other motivated by tradeoffs among economic goals and considerations of power, national security, and citizen welfare. Students study economic theory as well as institutional arrangements that allows students to understand consequences for the world economy including political and distributional consequences.

Program Advisors:

Professor Dinissa Duvanova, International Relations Department
Professor Mary Anne Madeira, International Relations Department
Professor Frank Gunter, Economics Department

Required Courses (60-61 credits), as follows:

Introductory courses (2 courses/8 credits)

ECO 1 Principles of Economics (4)
IR 10   Introduction to World Politics (4)

Core Courses (2 courses/8 credits)

IR 100 Methods and Research Design (4)
IR 225 International Political Economy (4)

Any two of the following courses (2 courses/8 credits):

IR 105 Theories of International Relations (4)
IR 234 Great Power Politics (4) 
IR 235 International Security (4)
IR 236 Causes of War (4)
IR 237 National Security: The Military Instrument of Foreign Policy
IR 245 International Organization (4)

Economics Core Courses (3 courses/9 credits)

ECO 45 Statistical Methods (3)
ECO 146 Applied Microeconomic Analysis (3)
ECO 119 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis (3)

Advanced courses in IR (2 courses/8 credits)

Chosen from any IR course 300-387 or 393.

Advanced courses in Economics (2 courses/6 credits)

Chosen from ECO 303, ECO 338, ECO 339, ECO 340, ECO 342, ECO 345, 

Electives (4 courses /13-14 credits)

At least one course chosen from IR 200-387 or 393 (4 credits)

At least one course chosen from ECO 200+ except ECO 201, 259, 273, 274, 301, 362, and 371. (2 courses/6 credits)

The third may be from either of the two above categories.

Recommended electives:

ECO 203 Microfinance
ECO 209 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 303 Economic Development
ECO 339 International Trade
ECO 340 International Finance
ECO 342 Economic Development in China
ECO 345 Political Economy of Iraq


IR 222 Political Economy of North-South Relations
IR 321 Economic Relations of Advanced Industrial Societies
IR 322 Poverty and Development
IR 323 Political Economy of Industrialization and Development
IR 344 International Politics of Oil

Collateral course in Mathematics (1 courses / 4 credits)

Math 21 or Math 81 or equivalent.

Majors in this program may NOT minor or major in either Economics or IR

Declare an IR/Economics Major