International Political Economy

Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations*: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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*Available to students on both campuses, but certain required courses may only be offered at Rose Hill. Applicants interested in pursuing the program from Lincoln Center can seek approval from the dean of their college after enrollment as part of first-year academic advising.

Understand the complex interactions of economics, politics, and cultures driving the global economy.

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How do businesses, governments, and people in our interdependent global economy make sound—or risky—economic decisions? What are the factors, motivations, and contexts underlying those choices? In the international political economy major at Fordham, we take an interdisciplinary approach to finding answers to these questions.

Economic systems don’t occur in a vacuum. That’s why we turn to history, political science, and anthropology to deepen our understanding. You must have a high GPA to pursue this major and a keen interest in the world outside our borders. You’ll graduate with a clear and concise approach to critically assessing a wide range of issues.

Good teaching is a top priority for our faculty. We keep class sizes small, the coursework engaging, and the standards high.

You’ll learn more than international political economy here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, history, literature, languages, science, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.

We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.

  • Because of its rigor, the international political economy major is open only to students of Fordham College at Rose Hill who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

    You take eight core courses in political science, economics, anthropology, and quantitative techniques and then specialize your studies further with four electives according to your interests.

    Special tracks in language study and global business will make quite an impression on graduate schools and employers.


    Integrate academic work with practical applications. World-class internships at top companies and nongovernmental organizations are just a subway ride away. Many lead directly to jobs.

    Some recent internships:

    • Investments/brokerage at A.G Edwards & Sons
    • Sales at Atlantic Records
    • Interactive marketing at Citigroup
    • Army acquisition corps at Army Science Board
    • Internal audit department at Development Corporation of Israel
    • Operations at HSBC Bank USA
    • Office of general counsel at Merrill Lynch
    • Office of Chief Judge Sandra S. Beckwith at U.S. Sixth Federal District Court
    • Youth delegate at the United Nations

    Want to connect and network? Here are two ways:

    • Sigma Iota Rho—the international studies national honor society
    • Economics Society—a student-run club

    Study Abroad

    You’re not required to study abroad as international political economy major—but is there a better way to deepen your understanding of the world?

    Fordham has connections with more than 150 programs in universities all over the world, including Germany, China, Turkey, Argentina, and the Gabelli London satellite campus.

  • Basic Macroeconomics
    Statistical Decision Making
    Comparative Cultures
    International Economic Policy
    Financial Accounting
    Economics of Latin America
    World Poverty
    International Finance

  • International political economy majors pursue diverse career paths. They’re prepared to follow their interests no matter where they lead around the globe. Where will you go?

    Our graduates find fulfilling roles in:

    • public affairs
    • international affairs
    • banks
    • nonprofit organizations
    • government agencies
    • businesses

    Many advance to graduate and professional studies in:

    • law
    • business administration
    • economics
    • political science
    • international affairs

    A few of their employers:

    • AT&T
    • Oracle Corporation
    • Pfizer
    • Bear Stearns
    • IBM
    • Deutsche Bank
    • Bondy & Schloss, LLP
    • Hewitt Associates
    • Montefiore Medical Center
    • Brandeis University

    Eager for guidance from a Fordham graduate? Our program maintains an up-to-date list of people who are happy to talk to you.

The International Political Economy Degree

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