How Well Did an IPE Education at Puget Sound Prepare Our Students for Life after College?

  • I would say the biggest take away is having a broad perspective on the world; the desire to travel and live abroad after having multiple study abroad opportunities while at UPS; and the ability to think critically at issues from multiple perspectives. Overall, it was a great major that I would gladly do again!

  • My education in the IPE department has prepared me reasonably well for the challenges that I have faced since graduation. The diversity of the courses allowed me to gain an understanding of how to handle multiple challenges at the same time.

  • Hmm, that's a strange question because very little of my work has to do with IPE directly... I think the IPE department did a great job of providing me with a well-rounded education and helped to hone my critical thinking skills...

  • The writing skills I developed as an IPE major put me in a position to succeed at every step and gave me an advantage over many of my peers.

  • My IPE education at Puget Sound provided me the tools to see diverse and complex problems in the world and associate them with potential solutions. The symptoms that comprise each challenge faced in the world cannot be met with simple solutions. I feel that in doing this, my IPE education prepared me well for all aspects of my life. In my graduate studies at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, I was far better prepared than my peers to face the rigor of our course load. I further believe that I would not have found my current successes without the intensive and multifaceted education that IPE provided me.

  • It has helped me greatly. It helped me think about the world in a more critically global way. It helped me understand the flow of business and all the different factors (politics and economics) that also play a part in business. I think it was the perfect preparation for an international MBA.

  • IPE helps you get in the door with the inclusion of such a unique major in your resume. After that, you need to be prepared to defend your major at the interview process by explaining how IPE differs from traditional worldview approaches of Economics, P&G, CSOC, and other disciplines. However, if you can defend your position and prove the nuances of the field, you will benefit and generally stand out from the crowd. If nothing else, it is an excellent discussion topic during networking.

  • Well, they've made me well rounded, and I find I can see different sides of issues that my other colleagues do not. I do not use my IPE education directly in my current work though.

  • IPE taught me to think, analyze and write clearly. I feel like I can analyze data and then write and speak clearly about the findings, which is essential in my job.

  • It prepared me very well, even though I have not used my degree in a directly relevant capacity.

  • When people ask me about my major I often hesitate because it's a lot of words that people have rarely heard together and when I tell them at first I am always ready for the "what does that mean?" follow up. I do not consider myself an International Political Econom-IST. What I tell them is that for me IPE is more of a set of lenses through which to look at the world. I let them know that we practiced looking at issues through economic, political and social perspectives and trying to make unique and informative connections between these aspects of any topic. My passion was and is in the field of education so that is where I chose to focus my IPE lenses. Finally I go on to tell people that IPE was the perfect major for me because it was so interdisciplinary and so flexible in nature. I took courses in 13 different deprtments and was not restricted by requirements so I was able to always take classes that I really enjoyed, and in my mind school should be enjoyable, I learn more when I care about something and can connect to it in my own way. What I can say is that being able to observe many sides of an issue and come up with unique connections and new spins on any issue have served me well, extremely often since graduation.

  • My education, and more so my positive relationship with my professor and advisors, have prepared me immensely for what I've experienced so far and what is ahead.

  • After spending time at various universities and teaching students from around the globe in different subjects, I continue to believe that the IPE program at UPS is among the very best undergraduate academic opportunities in the country. Its students are dynamic, creative and engaged with the world; its professors are outstanding teachers, innovative researchers, and true mentors; and the interdisciplinary curriculum engages participants both in specific subject matter and in learning how to learn. I am better thinker and writer, a better scholar, a better professional, and a better citizen.

  • My IPE education at Puget Sound has provided my the tools and the ability to look at situations in a holistic way. Many of the Academy's visitors are foreign diginitaries and my background allows me to excel at my job.

  • My case is somewhat unique, since when it comes to finances I am not relying on the job market to meet my need. However, I can say that the IPE program at Puget Sound did help me tremendously so far on the journey to where I am today. First of all, it taught me to think critically and see an issue or a challenge from all different sides - a skill that is valuable in business when difficult decisions must be made. Also, the ability to understand and apply different IPE philosophies interestingly seems to carry over into the ability to empathize with different perspectives and personalities on a one on one level when it comes to non-IPE issues. Also, participating in the IPE program helped me sharpen my communication skills. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it helped me crystallize my dream. I know what motivates me, and without a dream or a goal, it is impossible to strive towards greatness.

  • My degree has served me well, and I am very thankful to have it. It helped me to prepare for many different situations, problem solving, and communicating with different parties. I am thankful for my diverse education as it has helped me to manage a very diverse business!

  • Very well. By having interesting subject matter I think IPE is a great liberal arts degree program. Specifically for me it gives me a leg up when producing abroad and dealing with business partners from other countries.

  • While I thought I was preparing myself for a career in foreign policy of some type with my IPE degree, I ended up finding a passion for domestic policy while serving as an intern in a Congressional office during my senior year at UPS. I was quickly sucked into politics and DC! The critical thinking skills as well as the demanding and challenging nature of the IPE courses have served me well in both the public and private sector jobs I have held since graduation.

  • Well. The wide ranging background has been very useful, if not in my day-to-day work, in the variety of networking situations I find myself in.