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The International Political Economy program at Carthage features an interdisciplinary approach that examines the evolving web of global relationships and the public policy discussions that help direct today’s global economy.

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International Political Economy

Carthage offers a major in international political economy (IPE), which blends business, economics, geospatial science, modern languages, and political science. It’s designed for students who want to become fluent in global affairs and have genuine concern for the world’s diverse peoples.

Because the major is strongly interdisciplinary and rooted in traditions of history and philosophy, students entering the IPE Program should demonstrate a strong record of achievement in their general education coursework; a desire to engage in written and oral debate; and a passion for policy, abstract ideas, and practical management.

First-class learning facility

The IPE Program is one component of the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business. The campus-wide Clausen Center unites the study of business, economics, and political science in an international framework. The Center brings prominent guest speakers to campus, and analyzes regional economic development and policies. The center’s faculty combine broad in-depth experience in business, government, and nonprofit fields.

Technology-friendly classrooms are designed to encourage group discussion. The centerpiece of the Clausen Center, the Troha Boardroom, simulates an executive meeting room or directors’ suite, giving students a space for presentations as they prepare for business leadership in a global economy.

Employment Edge

Wondering about jobs and internships? Carthage is located in the heart of the Milwaukee-to-Chicago corridor, standing within easy reach of more than 30 Fortune 500 companies.

Carthage IPE graduates have been hired as computer analysts, financial advisors, financial consultants, floor traders, international business analysts, investment brokers, managers, mutual fund specialists, and by government and nonprofit organizations. They’ve also pursued graduate studies in dispute resolution and development studies.

Outstanding Opportunities

Special programs like J-Term and Carthage in Chicago, and student organizations including Enactus and Model United Nations give students essential experiences outside the classroom. Through these programs, IPE majors can explore economic development around the world, boost their understanding of international politics, and cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset.


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“You can work for the government, a nonprofit, or a multinational corporation. You can emphasize a specific language or region, a topic like economic development or international politics, and are exposed to diverse opportunities. With IPE, your career options are endless.”
— Logan Frank ’17