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Political Science and International Relations (POIR)

International Relations – Global Economy B.A.

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Program Overview

The BA in International Relations and the Global Economy (IRGE) offers students rigorous interdisciplinary training at the intersection of international relations and economics. The major prepares students for careers ranging from foreign policy and international development to international finance and political risk analysis. It is also ideally suited for students who plan to seek advanced degrees in the social sciences.

Major Requirements – 12 Courses (48 units)


Lower Division Courses:

  • ECON 203g Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 205g Principles of Macroeconomics
  • IR 210gw International Relations: Introductory Analysis
  • MATH 118gx Fundamental Principles of Calculus OR MATH 125g Calculus I


Core Skills and Issues:

  • ECON 303 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 305 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 317 Introduction to Statistics for Economists
  • IR 330 Politics of the World Economy


Choose Two International Political Economy Courses: 

  • ECON 318: Introduction to Econometrics
  • IR 324: Multinational Enterprises and World Politics
  • IR 325: North-South Relations in the Global Economy
  • IR 326: U.S. Foreign Economic Policy
  • IR 327: International Negotiation
  • IR 329: The Global Finance and Monetary Regime
  • IR 331: The Global Economy 2030
  • IR 328: The Evolving Global Economic Architecture– Capital Mobility


Choose One Regional Study Course: 

  • ECON 340: Economics of Less Developed Countries
  • ECON 342: Economic Development of the Middle East
  • ECON 343: Economic Development of East Asia
  • ECON 344: Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ECON 346: Economics of Transition and Development: China
  • IR 317 The Political Economy of Africa
  • IR 340 The Political Economy of China
  • IR 360 International Relations of the Pacific Rim
  • IR 363 Middle East Political Economy
  • IR 364 The Political Economy of Latin American Development
  • IR 425 The New Triangle: China, the U.S. and Latin America
  • IR 428 China’s Political Economy
  • IR 439 Political Economy of Russia and Eurasia


Choose One Senior Emphasis Course: 

  • ECON 404: Games and Economics
  • ECON 415: Behavioral Economics
  • ECON 450: International Trade (pre-req: ECON 303)
  • ECON 452: International Finance
  • ECON 457: Financial Markets
  • ECON 474 Economic Consulting and Applied Managerial Economics
  • ECON 487 Resource and Environmental Economics
  • IR 425 The New Triangle: China, the U.S., and Latin America
  • IR 426 Trade Politics in the Western Hemisphere
  • IR 427 Seminar on Economics and Security
  • IR 428 China’s Political Economy
  • IR 430 The Politics of International Trade
  • IR 431 Commercial and Financial Globalization–Trends, Challenges
  • IR 454 The International Political Economy of Development
  • IR 455 The Political Economy of Autocracy