Curriculum and Requirements

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. Since 2012, the University has been granted NGO (non-governmental organization) status with the United Nations, and UB students have regularly served as interns at the United Nations, which can be accessed from campus on the Metro North commuter rail service. Moreover, in 2014, UB partnered with the Peace Corps to establish New England’s only Peace Corps Prep program, designed to prepare qualified undergraduates for Peace Corps service. In the IPED program, students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of UB’s study abroad program options and are required to complete internships before they graduate.

Chair: Steve Hess, Ph.D. (Miami University)
Office: Carlson Hall, Room 221
Email: shess@bridgeport.edu
Phone: (203) 576-4209

Summary of Requirements

CORE REQUIREMENTS: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING (21 credits)

  • PSCI 103 Intro to Political Science & Methods
  • WREL 102 Introduction to Eastern Religions OR WREL 103 Introduction to Western Religions
  • SOC 231 Cultural Anthropology 3
  • SOSC 207 World Regional Geography 3
  • PSCI 312 Diplomacy & Foreign Policy 3
  • SOSC 300 Social Science Research Methods OR IPED 395 Senior Thesis
  • IPED 398 Internship OR IPED 394 Peace Corps Prep Service Internship

POLITICAL ECONOMY ELECTIVES: ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING (6 credits):

  • ECON 201 Macro Economics 3
  • IPED 201 Economics and Development 3
  • ECON 202 Micro Economics 3
  • IPED 202 Intro to Political Economy 3

REGIONAL ELECTIVES: ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING (6 credits):

  • PSCI 206 Political Economy of North/South Relations 3
  • IPED 329 Political Economy of China
  • IPED 330 Political Economy of East Asia 3
  • IPED 340 Political Economy of Latin America 3
  • IPED 341 Political Economy of the Middle East 3

THEMATIC ELECTIVES: ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING (6 credits):

  • PSCI 203 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
  • PSCI 204 Government and Politics Abroad 3
  • PSCI 207 World Politics 3
  • PSCI 208 Intro to International Law 3
  • PSCI 209 Intro to United Nations Studies 3

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

All IPED majors must demonstrate a working knowledge of at least one world language besides English or complete through the 104 level of one of the following languages currently offered at the University: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, Russian, or Spanish.

Program Tracks

Students may, in consultation with their advisor, choose a minor or a concentration by taking 15-18 credit hours of course work in one of the following areas; however this is not a requirement:

POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR (18 credit hours)

ANY SIX OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • PSCI 101 American Government 3
  • PSCI 204 Government and Politics Abroad 3
  • PSCI 206 Political Economy of North/South Relations 3
  • PSCI 207 World Politics 3
  • PSCI 208 Intro to International Law 3
  • PSCI 209 Intro to United Nations Studies 3
  • PSCI 218 Human Security
  • PSCI 323 Classics in Political Theory 3
  • PSCI 324 Recent Political Theory 3

ASIA-PACIFIC STUDIES CONCENTRATION (15 credit hours)

EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • IPED 330 Political Economy of East Asia 3
  • IPED 329 Political Economy of China 3

AND ANY THREE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • PSCI 203 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
  • WREL 102 Introduction to East Asian Religions 3
  • WREL 205 Buddhist Thought 3
  • WREL 229 Confucianism and Taoism
  • HIST 280 East Asian Civilization
  • HIST 303X East Asia Meets the West

PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT (15 credit hours)

ANY FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • IPED 397 Seminar in Public and International Careers
  • IPED 206 Political Economy of North/South Relations 3
  • PSCI 208 Introduction to International Law 3
  • PSCI 209 Intro to UN Studies 3
  • PSCI 215 International Human Rights 3
  • PSCI 218 Human Security 3
  • IPED 391 Sustainable Development 3
  • MCOM 290 Intercultural Communication 3

MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROGRAM (15 credit hours)

  • IPED 341 Political Economy of the Middle East

AND ANY FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • PSCI 203 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
  • WREL 103 Introduction to Religions of Middle Eastern Origin 3
  • WREL 209 Islam 3
  • WREL 299 Gender in Islamic Societies
  • WREL 299 Islamic World 632-2014
  • WREL 299 Muslim, Christian, Jewish Relations in the Modern Middle East
  • WREL 373 Islam and Democracy
  • WREL 374 Religion and Politics in the Middle East 3

General Education Requirements

  • FYS 101 First Year Seminar (3)
  • ENGL 101 Composition & Rhetoric (3)
  • MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra (3)
  • Humanities (HU) (6)
  • Natural Science (NS) (6)
  • Social Science (SS) (6)
  • Fine Arts (FA) (3)
  • CAPS 390 Capstone Seminar (3)
  • Liberal Arts  Electives (9)

TOTAL: 120

Suggested Program

FIRST SEMESTER

  • FYS 101 First Year Seminar
  • ENGL C101 Composition & Rhetoric
  • MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra
  • PSCI 103 Introduction to Political Science and Methods
  • WREL 102 Introduction to Eastern Religions OR WREL 103 Introduction to Western Religions

SECOND SEMESTER

  • SOC 231 Cultural Anthropology 3
  • Political Economy Elective
  • Social Science Core
  • Fine Arts Core
  • Course for Elective Concentration

THIRD SEMESTER

  • SOSC 207 World Regional Geography 3
  • Political Economy Elective
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Science Core
  • Natural Science Core

FOURTH SEMESTER

  • Thematic Elective
  • Foreign Language
  • Humanities Core
  • Natural Science Core
  • Course for Elective Concentration

FIFTH SEMESTER

  • Regional Elective
  • Thematic Elective
  • Foreign Language
  • Humanities Core
  • Course for Elective Concentration

SIXTH SEMESTER

  • Regional Elective
  • PSCI 312 Diplomacy & Foreign Policy 3
  • Foreign Language
  • Course for Elective Concentration
  • Liberal Arts Elective

SEVENTH SEMESTER

  • SOSC 300 Social Science Research Methods OR IPED 395 Senior Thesis
  • IPED 398 Internship OR IPED 394 Peace Corps Prep Service Internship
  • Course for Elective Concentration
  • Liberal Arts Elective
  • Liberal Arts Elective

EIGHTH SEMESTER

  • CAPS 390 Capstone Seminar
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective