General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major; and 3) all courses taken for a major must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major degree requirements listed below.
Requirements for the Major in International Political Economy (BA)
IPE 101, PG 102, ECON 101, and SOAN 101 or 102.
IPE 205 or ECON 271
MATH 160 or 260 or equivalent.
Elective courses: Three courses (usually upper-division courses) in IPE or related disciplines. Elective courses must be pre-approved by the student's IPE advisor in consultation with the student. At least one of the three IPE Major Electives must be an upper-division IPE course taken on the Puget Sound campus. Elective classes should be chosen to:
Broaden or deepen the student's understanding of IPE theory;
Provide economic, political, social or historical context for analysis of important IPE issues;
Provide specific expertise necessary for a student's senior thesis research;
Develop analytical tools useful in IPE research;
Deepen knowledge of a particular country or region.
Senior Thesis: IPE 401
To count towards the major a course grade must be C- or above.
Every student must coordinate his or her program with an IPE advisor.
Any changes to major requirements must be reviewed and approved by the student’s IPE advisor, and subject to approval of the IPE Director.