2015-2016 Pitzer Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2020  
2015-2016 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Political Economy Major

Requirements for the Major:

Thirteen courses are required: five required introductory-level courses, three required upper-level courses and five electives.

Students are also required to undertake some form of international field research or internship.

All Pitzer Study Abroad programs and most exchanges provide such opportunities.

Five Introductory Level Courses:

  1. ECON 051 PZ -Principles of Macroeconomics 
  2. ECON 052 PZ -Principles of Microeconomics 
  3. POST 030 PZ -Comparative Politics 
  4. POST 040 PZ -Global Politics 
  5. POST 070 PZ -Research Methods in Political Studies 

Three Upper-Level Required Courses:

  1. ECON 104 PZ -Macroeconomic Theory  or ECON 105 PZ -Microeconomic Theory 
    (Note: MATH 030 PZ -Calculus I  is a prerequisite for ECON 104 PZ  and ECON 105 PZ ).
  2. POST 141 PZ -International Political Economy 
  3. Senior Seminar in Political Studies
    (Note: The senior seminar should be selected in consultation with your advisor)

Five Elective Courses:

Five elective courses must be selected from the following list, designed to encourage breadth within the field. The five courses must include at least two courses in Economics and at least two courses in Political Studies. Additionally, at least one course labeled A and one course labeled B must be included. Appropriate courses at the other Claremont Colleges may be substituted in consultation with your advisor. The two economics electives must be taken within the Claremont Colleges consortium.

In addition to required courses IPE majors are recommended to take (a) a course in world history and (b) an area focused course (such as ECON 141 PZ -The Chinese Economy  or IIS 125 PZ -African Politics ) where relevant.


Honors candidates will be expected to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better in the required coursework and submit a deserving honors thesis. Normally, the thesis readers should include readers from both Political Studies and Economics.