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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 31k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 31k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    Description

    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.

    Co-Curricular Activities

    In addition to the classes, there are co- and extra- curricular activities relevant to the interests of those in the major. Presentations, debates, forums and a tour has been sponsored by the International College to further studies outside the classroom setting. Examples of co-curricular activities include:
    • Zuhair Suidan: Will there ever be peace between Israel and Palestine?
    • International Awareness Club
    • Debate on Foreign Policy (Campaign 2004)
    • World Affairs Forum WorldQuest Quiz Competition
    • Internships
    • Model United Nations (Harvard, McGill Universities)
    • Study Abroad
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Service Initiative
    • China Tour 2005

    Study Abroad

    Some of the Study Abroad experiences of our students have included:
    Emily Gunning, studied in the United Arab Emirates. Emily hopes to achieve a working knowledge of the Arabic language and to deepen her understanding of the Middle Eastern culture. Heather Weber, studied in Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University through our affiliation with Syracuse University’s Schools Abroad program. Kimikami Miyake, an IPED major in the International College, won a Gilman Scholarship for studies overseas.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline July 1 is the last date to apply for the Fall Semester which begins late August/early September;November 1 is the last date to apply for the Spring Semester which begins mid-January Tuition fee
    • USD 30965 Year (National)
    • USD 30965 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 Credits 120
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    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, UB’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.

    Summary of Requirements

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    • SoSc 207 World Regional Geography 3
    • Rel 101 Intro to World Religions 3
    • Soc 231 Cultural Anthropology 3
    • PS 103 Intro to Political Science and
    • Political Science Research Methods 3
    • Econ 201 Macro Economics 3
    • or IPED 201 Economics and Development
    • Econ 202 Micro Economics 3
    • or IPED 202 Intro to Political Economy
    • IPED 206 Pol. Eco. of North/South Relations 3
    • PS 312 Diplomacy & Foreign Policy 3

    TWO OF THE FOLLOWING

    • IPED 203 Political Economy of North America 3
    • or IPED 345 Political Economy of EU
    • or 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
    • IPED 343 Political Economy of CIS & Eastern Europe 3

    TWO OF THE FOLLOWING

    • PS 204 Government and Politics Abroad 3
    • PS 203 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
    • PS 305 International Relations 3
    • or PS 207 World Politics 3
    • PS 208 Intro to International Law 3
    • or PS 209 Intro to United Nations Studies 3

    Program Tracks

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

    • PS 101 American Government 3
    • or PS 103 Intro to Political Science and
    • Political Science Research Methods 3
    • PS 204 Government and Politics Abroad 3
    • PS 207 World Politics 3
    • PS 208 Intro to International Law 3
    • IPED 206 Pol. Eco. of North/South Relations 3
    • or PS 209 Intro to United Nations Studies 3
    • SoSc 207 World Regional Geography 3
    • PS 323 Classics in Political Theory 3
    • or PS 324 Recent Political Theory 3

    ASIA-PACIFIC STUDIES

    • IPED 330 Political Economy of East Asia 3
    • PLUS ANY FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:
    • IPED 329 Political Economy of China 3
    • PS 203 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
    • IPED 390 Multinational Corporations in IPE 3
    • WREL 229 Confucianism and Daoism 3
    • WREL 102 Introduction to East Asian Religions 3
    • WREL 205 Buddhism 3
    • JAPN 101 Japanese 1 or more advance level of 3 the language
    • or KORN 101 Japanese 1 or more advance level of 3 the language
    • or CHIN 101 Japanese 1 or more advance level of 3 the language

    PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

    • IPED 391 Sustainable Development
    • PLUS ANY FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:
    • IPED 392 Geopolitics of Oil 3
    • IPED 330 Political Economy of East Asia 3
    • IPED 393 Political Economy of Environment 3
    • IPED 391 Sustainable Development 3
    • WREL 275 Religion, Conflict and Mediation 3
    • WREL 278 Religion, Peace, and War 3
    • WREL 305 Comparative Religious Ethics 3
    • WREL 374 Religion and Politics in the Middle East 3

    THE AMERICAS

    • IPED 203 The Political Economy of North America
    • PLUS ANY FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:
    • IPED 340 Political Economy of Latin America
    • PS 203 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
    • PS 101 American Government 3
    • IPED 330 Political Economy of East Asia 3
    • MCOM 290 Intercultural Communication 3
    • IPED 392 Geopolitics of Oil 3
    • IPED 390 Multinational Corporations in IPE 3

    ISLAM & THE MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROGRAM

    • IPED 341 Political Economy of the Middle East
    • PLUS ANY FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:
    • PS 203 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
    • IPED 392 Geopolitics of Oil 3
    • WREL 103 Introduction to Religions of Middle Eastern Origin 3
    • WREL 374 Religion and Politics in the Middle East 3
    • WREL 209 Islam 3
    • WREL 275 Religion, Conflict and Mediation 3
    • MCOM 290 Intercultural Communication 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.

    THESIS AND INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES

    • A senior thesis is voluntary but strongly encouraged. Depending on the scope of the project, a thesis may account for 3 to 6 credit hours. While not required, students are encouraged to write on a subject related to their field of concentration,should they have elected one. In addition, one semester of internship is also strongly encouraged. Internship may account for 3 to 6 credit hours.

    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

    • Engl C101 Composition & Rhetoric 3
    • Math C105 Intermediate Algebra or above 3
    • FYS 101 First Year Seminar
    • Hum Humanities 6
    • Sci C101/C102 Natural Sciences 6
    • Social Sciences 6
    • FA Fine Arts 3
    • Caps C390 Capstone Seminar 3
    • Liberal Arts Electives 7

    TOTAL 120

    Suggested Program

    FIRST SEMESTER

    • Eng C101 Composition & Rhetoric 3
    • Math C105 Intermediate Algebra 3
    • Rel 101 Intro to World Religions 3
    • Political Science Core 3
    • FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3

    SECOND SEMESTER

    • FA C 101 Fine Arts 3
    • Soc 231 Cultural Anthropology 3
    • SoSc 207 World Geography 3
    • Free Elective 3
    • Free Elective 3

    THIRD SEMESTER

    • Hum C201 Humanities 3
    • SoSc C201 Social Sciences 3
    • Eco 201 Macro-Economics 3
    • Political Science Elective 3
    • Free Elective 3

    FOURTH SEMESTER

    • Hum Humanities Core 3
    • SoSc Social Sciences Core 3
    • Eco 202 Micro-Economics 3
    • Political Science Elective 3
    • Free Elective 3

    FIFTH SEMESTER

    • Sci Natural Sciences Core 3
    • P.S 354 Intl. Political Economy 3
    • Economics Elective 3
    • Intntl Pol Econ Elective 3
    • Free Elective 3

    SIXTH SEMESTER

    • Sci Natural Sciences Core 3
    • P.S. 206 North/South Relations 3
    • Econ Elective 3
    • Intl. Pol Econ Elective 3
    • Free Elective 3

    SEVENTH SEMESTER

    • Intst St C101 Integrated Studies 3
    • Intl. Pol Econ Elective 3
    • Free Electives 9

    EIGHTH SEMESTER

    • Caps C390 Capstone Seminar 3
    • Intl. Pol Econ Elective 3
    • Free Electives 9

    *Students who do not meet the modern language requirement for the B.A. degree must use 3-12 semester hours free
    electives, depending on their level of competency, to satisfy this requirement.


    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    program_requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.

    Requirements

    You can demonstrate proof of English Language competency by meeting any one of the criteria listed below:

    1. A letter certifying completion of level 6 at the University’s English Language Institute (ELI).
    Attainment of a satisfactory score on the University of Bridgeport’s English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB).

    2. A minimum TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or 61 (IBT) for undergraduates and a minimum score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (IBT) for graduates (post-graduates).

    3. A minimum IELTS (Cambridge Testing) Band score of 6.0 for Undergraduates and a minimum Band score of 6.5 for graduates (post-graduates).

    4. A transcript from an accredited American university indicating a grade of “C” or better in one semester of college English Composition.

    5. Critical Reading SAT score of 400 or above; or ACT English score of 19 or above.

    6.An official letter certifying completion of ELS (English Language Service) through level 112.

    7.An official letter certifying completion of CSE (The Center for English Studies) through level 7.5.

    8. A Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 69 or above for undergraduates and score of 77 or above for graduates.

    9. A Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA) English achievement score of 500 or above.

    10. A level of “Advanced” on the English Language Proficiency Test of the College Board.

    11. An official “O” level or “A” level Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.

    12. An EIKEN score of Grade 2A or above for undergraduates and a score of Grade Pre-1 or above for graduates.

    13. A score of 4 or better on the “English A” Higher Level examination in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

    14. WAEC, WASSE, CXC, etc. – Score of “C” or better on English Language exam.

    15. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 44 for undergraduates and a minimum PTE Academic score of 53 for graduates (post-graduates).

    You must demonstrate English language competency in one of the ways listed above. If you don’t demonstrate English language competency in one of these ways prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may begin classes.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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