Recommended Course Sequence
Although the IPED curriculum is flexible and can be adapted quite readily to your needs, there does exist a recommended course sequence.
Foundational Core Courses (3 courses)
Initially in your first semester you will be advised to take three foundational core courses designed to provide you with a rigorous introduction to the analytical tools of economics, political science, and quantitative methods. In economics, if you have limited or no background, you must take Economic Analysis. If you have at least intermediate level training in microeconomics and macroeconomics, you may be able to take a more advanced economics course. In political science you may enroll in either Comparative Politic Analysis or Analysis of International Politics. In quantitative methods we recommend that all students take Applied Econometrics.
Advanced Core Courses (2 courses)
Building on this solid analytical foundation, you will then normally take a series of at least two additional core courses that will provide you with an advanced and systematic integration of political and economic analysis to study global economic relations and international development issues. During your second semester you will study global economic relations by enrolling in International Economic Policy and the Politics of Global Economic Relations. In your third and final semester, you may focus on international development issues by taking Economic Development Policy and the Political Economy of Development. Students with sufficient training in economics may take these last two development core courses in their first semester in place of the foundational courses in political science and economics.
Electives and Specializations (7 courses)
To complete your course work, you will need to complete seven electives. You should use at least four of these elective courses to complete one of our specializations in global environmental & resource economics, international banking and finance, international development studies, international & development economics, or in international political analysis. These electives can also be used to complete our advanced certificates in Emerging Markets & Country Risk Analysis or in Financial Econometrics & Data Analysis. These courses are normally begun during the second semester of the program.
Internship and Comps
If you lack previous professional experience, you must do an internship. Internships are usually done during the summer after your first year of study as well as during your second year of study. The IPED Program offers a limited number of summer internship stipends on a competitive basis. Besides regular internships, as a matriculated student in the IPED program, you will also be eligible to compete for various Fordham sponsored overseas language immersion study awards and international travel scholarships (i.e., International Peace and Development Travel Scholarships, Language Immersion Study Awards, and our International Study Tours to Asia or Africa). There are also special Matteo Ricci Summer Fellowships for students who wish to prepare a Fulbright or other outside prestigious award application. Normally you will take the comprehensive examination during your third and final semester of study.
Other Recommended Courses of Study
In addition to the above normal recommended course of study, visit academic advisement for other recommended courses of study especially designed for students interested in:
- part-time course of studies;
- international banking and banking;
- international development studies; or
- international and development economics.