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About the B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy

In an era where there is a growing focus on economic diplomacy, UB’s B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy fills a crucial niche.

The major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the global political economy and with the analytical skills needed to evaluate change and direction. The study of the international economic system provides insight into how it produces and distributes wealth.

The study of the international political system provides insight into how institutions and rules govern social and economic development. Because diplomatic negotiations form the basis of new international law, and because diplomacy operates within the framework of extant international law, the study of diplomacy is an important component in the study of international political economy.

Political economy represents a nexus between politics and economics, and international political economy includes study of the area in which international politics and international economics meet. It represents an investigation of the political basis of economic action and the economic basis of political action. An important additional consideration is the role of international law in circumscribing political and economic activity.

Recent graduates of the program have gone on to top graduate programs including Harvard, London, Johns Hopkins, Wisconsin and Columbia. IPED graduates are now working in places such as the UN, major INGOs and in numerous other international organizations and corporations.

Honor Societies


The College of Public and International Affairs houses chapters of Pi Gamma Mu, the National Social Science Honor Society; Sigma Iota Rho, the National Honor Society for International Studies and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

 

Why International Political Economy and Diplomacy?


 

A Learning Community Committed to International Understanding and Academic Excellence

In an era where there is a growing focus on economic diplomacy, the University of Bridgeport’s B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy (IPED) fills a crucial niche. The major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the global political economy and with the analytical skills needed to evaluate change and direction. The study of the international economic system provides insight into how it produces and distributes wealth as well as how institutions and rules govern social and economic development.

Political economy describes the nexus between politics and economics, and international political economy studies the arena where international politics and international economics meet.

It represents an investigation of the political basis of economic action and the economic basis of political action. An important additional consideration is the role of international law in developing universal principles and norms in the conduct of international relations, and governing of relations between states and their citizens. Because diplomatic negotiations form the basis of new international law, and because diplomacy operates within the framework of extant international law, the study of diplomacy is an important component in the study of international political economy.

The IPED program combines rigorous academic study with practical pre-professional experiences. IPED majors work with a first-class faculty featuring graduates of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia, and Pennsylvania, a number of Fulbright Scholars, and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. At UB, our students study at the tenth most racially diverse university in the United States; its international students make up over 20% of the student body and hail from 88 countries.