International Relations & the Global Economy Major

The IR/GE major provides strong training in the fundamentals of economic analysis and helps students develop the ability to apply these tools in the context of a global economy in which economic behavior is profoundly shaped by international and domestic politics. This is a rigorous major that prepares students for careers as analysts in the public and private sectors and for graduate study in the social sciences and related fields. Students get technical (statistical & mathematical) skills, a solid grounding in economic theory, an understanding of how political institutions shape economic processes, and applied engagement to international issues. 

Major Requirements

Lower Division

  • ECON 203: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 205: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • IR 210: International Relations: Introductory Analysis
  • IR 213: The Global Economy

Choose one of the following:

  • MATH 188x: Fundamental Priniciples of Calculus (Prerequisite: MATH 117)


  • MATH 125: Calculus I (Prerequisite: Math 108)

Total Units: 20

Core Skills and Issues

  • IR 330: Politics of the World Economy
  • ECON 305: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 317: Introduction to Statistics for Economics

Choose two of the following

  • IR 324: Multinational Enterprises and WOrld Politics
  • IR 325: Rich and Poor States in the World Political Economy
  • IR 326: Foreign Economic Policy
  • IR 327: International Negotiation
  • IR 329: The Global Finance and Monetary Regime
  • IR 331: The Globaly Economy 2030

Total Units: 20

Regional Study
Choose one of the following

  • ECON 342: Economic Development of the Middle East
  • ECON 343: Economic Development of Easat Asia
  • IR 364: The Political Economy of Latin American Development
  • IR 428: China's Political Economy
  • IR 439: Political Economy of Russia and Eurasia

Total Units: 4

Senior Emphasis
Choose one of the following

  • ECON 450: International Trade (Prerequisite: ECON 303)
  • ECON 452: International Finance
  • IR 430: The Politics of International Trade

Total Units:4

Total: 12 courses, 48 units







Contact an undergraduate advisor in VKC 301:

(213) 740-6278

  • School of International Relations
  • 3518 Trousdale Parkway
  • Von KleinSmid Center 330
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2136