This program prepares our students to make sense of today's most pressing and complex economic issues—economic inequality, sustainability and the global economy. The degree is interdisciplinary, placing equal emphasis on theory, policy and qualitative as well as quantitative skills.
You'll collaborate with faculty to explore topics like...
- Changes underway in the global economy
- Drivers and consequences of economic development
- The effect of globalization on state capacity, policy autonomy and national economic conditions
- The relationship between economic, political and social outcomes, corporate governance, and competition
- The interaction of interest groups, states and multilateral agreements and organizations
In the final year of the program, you'll prepare a significant capstone research memorandum which analyzes a policy problem and evaluates potential solutions. For this project you'll apply your skills to a real world problem of your choosing.
Select a region whose challenges and cultural traits inspire you to seek change.
Discover the pressures and movements that shape international relationships between politics and economic growth.
Explore the environmental challenges faced by cultures around the globe, from natural disasters in the developing world to the crisis of climate change.
Develop your empirical, scientific, and analytical skills to better measure the factors that shape international relations.
Delve into the economic factors that drive the global economy and learn how interactions between cultures affects commerce.
Pursue a deep understanding of the fundamentals of policy creation while exploring the short- and long-term effects of enacted legislation.
Learn about how a rapidly globalizing economy affects the growth of developing and impoverished nations.
Study how policy and the legislative process of both domestic and multilateral governments contribute to the growth of the developing world.
Preparing You With Career-Ready Knowledge
Our courses are skills-based, providing you with the knowledge to use microfinance tools, practice statistical methods and project and manage international transactions. You'll apply interdisciplinary methodologies to analyze data and forecast how the global economy could shift.
The global economic affairs degree prepares those with an interest in political economy to take up careers in a wide range of fields. These include:
- International policy analysis for public sector agencies, such as the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration
- Analyst positions in multilateral institutions and organizations, such as the World Bank, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development;
- Research and analyst positions within non-governmental organizations, such as Oxfam and Action Aid
- Roles in the private sector as economic policy consultants, country risk or international project analysts, or international project managers.
Graduates have pursued careers in international economic policy analysis for public sector agencies, analyst positions in multilateral organizations, research analyst positions within NGOs, as well as private sector careers.
Students participate in a variety of internships, including at the National Renewable Energy Lab, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Office of Colorado and the Acumen Fund. To complete this degree, you are required to fulfill an internship (registered as INTS 4981, for up to 4 credits).
International Political Economy
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The course examines 3 contrasting visions of international political economy: economic security, trade and finance.
Great Books in Political Economy
About this Course
This course investigates several contemporary approaches to Political Economy, ranging from institutionalist to Marxist, anti-essentialist, and (postmodernist) feminist thought. Rather than attempt to survey quickly a lot of literature, we carefully read a limited number of influential (and provocative) texts that present a range of perspectives with which most students are largely unfamiliar. These are very challenging texts, and students must be prepared to spend a good bit of time on the assigned readings weekly.
The Ethical Foundations of Global Economic Policy
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This seminar course explores the contending ethical theories that underlay contemporary debates over global economic policymaking. We explore the ethical foundations of neoclassical, Austrian, institutionalist and Marxian and economic theory (including utilitarianism, welfarism, libertarianism and egalitarianism) in order to better understand why and how these diverse economic theories generate distinct policy prescriptions. For example, we examine the controversy over “free trade” versus “fair” trade that is now at the center of policy debate in the U.S. and across the globe, and explore the contending ethical theories that inform this debate. This is a reading intensive seminar. We examine central works of Amartya Sen, Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick, Michael Walzer, and other leading economists and political theorists.