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.



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UB and the City of Bridgeport: Rebirth of a Partnership Through Experiential Learning @ Tower Room
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Media Campaign for the New Downtown Bridgeport

Featuring Prof. Susan Katz and her students

Mass Communication and Graphic Design students present their semester-long marketing campaign filled with press/pr, art/design, video/photography, and social media.

As part of the Publicity Methods class, students created The Bridge theme to promote the New Downtown Bridgeport through the production of professional media collateral.

It’s real-world, hands-on, and portfolio-driven.

Join Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, Bridgeport officials, President Neil Salonen, President Emeritus Richard Rubenstein, Provost Stephen Healey, Provost Emeritus Hans van der Giessen, Dean Thomas Ward and these spectacular students for the Publicity Methods class final presentation.

Contact Susan Katz at or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Kadir Akyuz @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Dec 8 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Prominent Islamic Scholars, Islamic Jihad, Terrorism and Jus in Bello

Led by Professor Kadir Akyuz

It has long been debated whether religions lead people to commit indiscriminate violence and terrorist acts.

Several Islamic scholars are believed to provide the ideological framework to many Islamist terrorist organizations.

This presentation will discuss the thoughts and teachings of the Islamic scholars that are associated with the use of violence in the context of “jus ad bellum” and “jus in bello.”

Contact Susan Katz at or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Mohammed Al-Azdee @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Feb 23 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

The Arab Spring: Beyond Media Effects

Led by Professor Mohammed Al-Azdee

Learn about the study that examines primary and secondary data from the 22 nations of the Arab League.

It presents an equation that offers insight into why protests emerged in some countries during the Arab Spring.

Contact Susan Katz at or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

CPIA Roundtable with Dean Thomas Ward @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Mar 16 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Colonization in Hindsight: The View from Taiwan

Led by Dean Thomas Ward

Japan annexed both Taiwan (1895) and Korea (1905) into its Empire.

This presentation will look at the experiences that resulted in sharp differences in the attitude that the two have towards Japan today.

Contact Susan Katz at or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

Graduate Information Session – Waterbury @ Waterbury Center
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us at our Waterbury location for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs

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