International Political Economy Major


35 credits

Major Requirements

Introductory Core

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-299Evidence, Proof, and Knowledge

3 credits

Additional Requirements

Complete 9 credits of required courses

POE-351Political Economy of Development

3 credits

POE-380International Political Economy

3 credits

POE-499Senior Seminar: International PoliticalEconomy

3 credits

Elective Requirements

Take 14 credits of POE Electives. 

POE-Any POE elective courses

14 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

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 will meet individually with the professor leading the senior seminar to discuss departmental expectations regarding an honors paper to be written during the senior seminar. The standards for achieving honors are high. In addition to high-quality composition, papers must demonstrate intellectual rigor and creativity, excellent expression of the student's voice, and an exceptional literature review and bibliography appropriate to the paper. Students who seek honors will have the final draft of their senior papers evaluated by all faculty members of the Political Economy Department. Upon consensus by all departmental faculty that the student's paper is deserving of such recognition, the student will graduate with departmental honors.


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.