The single greatest strength of the IPE Program is the way it teaches you to put yourself in someone else's shoes by forcing you to analyze a subject from a different perspective. This translates into a valuable life skill. The other singular strength is the way IPE fuses politics, economics, and sociology into something that is greater than the sum of its parts, yet ultimately more real world than the isolation of one of those disciplines.
The IPE program does a good job of gathering insights from diverse fields and preventing monolithic thinking. It provides the training necessary to make arguments bringing together multiple types of research (for example interviews, statistical analysis and secondary sources). It creates a frame of mind in which it is easy to picture global inter-connectivity and see how some seemingly small change in one place may "shift the supply or demand curve" for the whole world. I value my ability to see the global and economic impact of my current research in biology and to know that things we do in our day to day lives do matter for the whole world.
The interdisciplinary degree us the degree of the future, realistically, and that is hands down the greatest part of being in IPE... We are forced into the habit of analyzing on many different levels, something people from traditional majors don't necessarily do.
The skills I learned from preparing my thesis and the subsequent presentation have assisted me in reading scenarios, preparing an understanding and presenting those to others.
I think there are some great professors that have a great ability to not only communicate information, but to inspire students.
The interdisciplinary nature of IPE and the ability to tie the dots together.
Fantastic professors and interesting subject matter.
Ability to think big, be creative, and make connections.
The integrative nature of the program was probably its largest draw. Since graduation, the critical analysis of the integration of different areas of research has been most helpful.
The IPE program's single greatest strength is its unique and unapologetic worldview. The IPE program at its core believes in the interrelation of multiple disciplines and this is an unspoken principle of the world at large. An IPE major has an intrinsic advantage not only in name but also in skill of being able to detect and act upon current events in economics, politics, and society.
The greatest strength of the IPE Program at Puget Sound is the ability of the student to form a diverse course load of which connections are inevitable. While I was a student, I found that my courses in the comparative sociology, economics and government departments complemented each other and gave me a greater understanding of each discipline. It also helped me to develop my personal paradigm and to heighten my negotiation skills that I currently use in my career.
Having students write, write and write.
The quality of the professors and courses that they teach.
The multidisciplinary approach that taught us to think critically about global issues from multiple perspective. I really think the multiple opportunities I had to study abroad has given me success in living and adapting to multiple environments both the US and abroad.