Major in International Economics

To help you prepare for careers in global business, nonprofits, or government, the International Economics curriculum combines rigorous coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced training in either Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. The major also provides you with opportunities for study abroad as well as overseas internships and research projects.

This course of study exemplifies the College of Arts and Letters’ cross-disciplinary approach to nurturing the development of business leaders and global citizens who have both the analytical and cultural skills needed to navigate today’s interconnected world economy.

Required economics courses for International Economics Major

​All of the following:​

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory*
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory*
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Econometrics

*Calculus B or equivalent is a prerequisite

​Two electives focused on international economic topics (IEEL course attribute).  The available electives will vary by semester.  Some past courses which have satisfied this requirement are:

  • International Trade
  • International Macroeconomics
  • Poverty in the Developing World
  • Empirical Methods in Development
  • Economics of Immigration
  • International Economics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Climate Change and Sustainability via Economic and Business Ethics Lenses
  • Economics of European Integration
  • Economics of Inequality
  • Macroeconomic Expectations

A typical progression through the economics side of the International Economics major looks as follows:




First year

MATH 10350 - Calc A or higher

ECON 10010 - Principles of Microeconomics

MATH 10360 - Calc B or higher

ECON 10020 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Sophomore year

ECON 30340 – Statistics for Economics

ECON 30010 – Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 30331 – Econometrics

ECON 30020 – Intermediate Macroeconomics

Exploring Int'l Econ (1 credit hour)

Junior year

ECON elective with IEEL attribute

ECON elective with IEEL attribute

Senior year

Senior Research Project (one semester)

or Senior Research Project (one semester)

Information on language requirements can be found at the appropriate department webpage:

Department Director of Undergrad Studies Email


Ghada Bualuan

Chinese and Japanese

Michael Brownstein

German and Russian

Denise Della Rossa

Romance Languages

Keith Schaefer

For economics-specific questions, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics.