International Political Economy Major

The major in international political economy (IPE) explores the nature and complexities of our increasingly interdependent and politicized global economy from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students who complete the major will receive training in political, economic, and quantitative analysis as well as an introduction to other cultures and the opportunity to use their electives to further specialize their studies according to their interests. Students who wish to continue their education in law, economics, political science, and international affairs will find the major beneficial. Other students will be able to use the major to prepare for employment with banks, businesses, and government agencies concerned with the global economy. Available specializations include foreign language study and global business.

The major is open only to students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better when they declare their major. Students wishing to major in IPE are also required to submit a 500-word essay explaining how the IPE major will prepare them for their future to the major advisor, Giacomo Santangelo. Please contact Professor Santangelo for application deadlines.

The major in international political economy (IPE) is administered by the Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (IPED). IPED is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

CIP Code

45.0901 - International Relations and Affairs.

You can use the CIP code to learn more about career paths associated with this field of study and, for international students, possible post-graduation visa extensions. Learn more about CIP codes and other information resources.

The major consists of eight required core courses and four electives distributed as follows:

Course Title Credits
POSC 2501Introduction to International Politics4
POSC 3915International Political Economy4
ECON 1100Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 1200Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 3244International Economic Policy4
ANTH 3351Comparative Cultures4
ECON 2140Statistics I4
ECON 2142Statistics II4
Select one of the following tracks:12 to 16
Foreign Language Elective Track
Global Business Elective Track
General Elective Track

POSC 2501 Introduction to International Politics, POSC 3915 International Political Economy, ANTH 3351 Comparative Cultures, and ECON 3244 International Economic Policy must be taken at Fordham.

Elective Tracks

Four courses chosen from one of three tracks:

Foreign Language Elective Track

Four courses in the same subject with either the ARABFRENGERMITAL, JPANMANDRUSS, or SPAN subject codes, numbered 1500 to 4999, count toward this requirement.

Global Business Elective Track

Course Title Credits
ACBU 2222Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACBU 2223Principles of Managerial Accounting3
Select two of the following:8
Economy of Latin America
World Poverty
International Trade
International Finance

General Elective Track

Any course with the IPE attribute code may fulfill this requirement.

Note that ACBU 2222 Principles of Financial Accounting and ACBU 2223 Principles of Managerial Accounting do not have the IPE attribute and may not count toward the General Elective track. In addition, all courses with the ARAB, FREN, GERM, ITAL, JPANMAND, RUSS, and SPAN subject codes numbered 1500 to 4999 also count for the major.


The major in international political economy is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College Lincoln Center. Fordham College at Lincoln Center students should note that certain courses may only be available at the Rose Hill campus. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in international political economy only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.