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The International Economic Relations field focuses on the consequences of the economic interaction among countries. These interactions include trade in goods, services, assets, ideas, and macroeconomic spillover effects, as well as the effects of rules, regulations and policies like tariffs, trade quotas, controls on the international flow of capital and the exchange rate regime.  There are important consequences of these interactions including unemployment and inflation, the rise or fall of particular industries, and the outcomes for different categories of workers. These affect national welfare, economic stability, inequality and political movements, which in turn affect economic policymaking. The coursework in this field prepares students through the teaching of economic theory, political theory, statistics and various types of empirical analyses.   

Field Advisor(s) 

Carsten Kowalczyk

Michael Klein 

Field Requirements 

6 courses 

Total Credits Required   

18.00 credits 

Core Course Requirements (12.0 credits)

Prerequisite courses or equivalency exams may be required   

DHP P217 Politics of the Global Economy (3.0 credits)

EIB E213 Econometrics (3.0 credits)

EIB E220 International Trade and Investment (3.0 credits)

EIB E230 International Finance (3.0 credits)

Field Electives (6.0 credits)

Students are also required to take two additional courses (6.0 credits) to complete this field, one from an approved list of DHP courses (3.0 credits) and another from an approved list of ILO courses (3.0 credits).  

Approved DHP courses (3.0 credits):

DHP D205 Global Maritime Affairs
DHP D238 Current Issues in Global Immigration Policy
DHP H202 Maritime History and Globalization
DHP P207 GIS for International Applications
DHP P209M Demography and National Security
DHP P212 Political Economy of the Global Arms Trade
DHP P216 Research and Writing in the Global Political Economy
DHP P217 Global Political Economy: Macro Perspectives
DHP P218 Global Political Economy: Comparative and Critical Perspectives
DHP P219 Political Economy of Development
DHP P236 Cyber in the Civilian Sector: Threats and Upheavals
DHP P255 International Energy Policy
DHP P287M Political Economy and Business of the European Union
DHP P289M Macroeconomic Environment for Business in Latin America
DHP P294M Political Economy and Business Context of Latin America

Approved ILO courses (3.0 credits)

ILO L209M International Treaty Behavior: A Perspective on Globalization
ILO L220 International Organizations
ILO L221 Actors in Global Governance
ILO L230 International Business Transactions
ILO L231M International Arbitration
ILO L232 International Investment Law
ILO L233 International Financial and Fiscal Law
ILO L237 Mergers and Acquisitions: An International Perspective
ILO L240 Legal and Institutional Aspects of International Trade
ILO L250 Law and Development

Additional Elective Requirement (Optional)

Students with an interest in economics are encouraged, but not required, to take: 

EIB E210M Quantitative Methods 

EIB E211 Microeconomics 

EIB E212M Macroeconomics 

EIB E221 Advanced Seminar on International Trade and Investment

Practicum Requirement (MGA only)

A practicum is required for MGA students.