International Politics & Economics Requirements
(1) Courses in Political Science: PSCI 0103, PSCI 0109, PSCI 0304 (PSCI 0304 must be taken at Middlebury College) and three electives in comparative politics or international relations (PSCI 0262 may also count as an elective). At least one elective should be a 0400-level senior seminar in comparative politics or international relations.
(2) Courses in Economics: For students matriculating through 2014.5, the six required economics courses are: ECON 0150, ECON 0155, ECON 0250 (though substituting ECON 0210 for ECON 0250 is encouraged), plus ECON 0240 (formerly ECON 0340) and two electives with an international orientation. One elective should be a 0400-level senior seminar. At least four economics courses meeting the major requirements must be taken at Middlebury, including the 0400-level course. For students matriculating into the classes of 2015 and after, the six required economics courses are: ECON 0150, ECON 0155, ECON 0210, plus ECON 0240 (formerly ECON 0340) and two electives with an international orientation. One elective should be a 0400-level senior seminar. At least four economics courses meeting the major requirements must be taken at Middlebury, including the 0400-level seminar.
(3) Language Study: Students in International Politics & Economics must achieve the language department's standard of linguistic competence before going abroad or must demonstrate equivalent competence in a language taught at Middlebury College through a language placement exam. Foreign language study while at Middlebury is strongly encouraged.
(4) Term or Year Abroad: Under normal circumstances, this will be completed at one of the Middlebury schools abroad. At a minimum, majors should complete PSCI 0103, PSCI 0109, ECON 0150, ECON 0155, and ECON 0210 (or ECON 0250 for students in the classes of 2014.5 or earlier) before going abroad for a semester. Students who will be abroad for a full year should also complete PSCI 0304 before leaving Middlebury.
(5) Advanced Placement: Students must take a minimum of 5 courses in each discipline. See the Advanced Placement policy for detailed information.
Winter term courses count towards the major only if they are listed on the IPEC Courses web page prior to winter term registration.
Because of the complex and interdisciplinary nature of the International Politics & Economics major, IPEC students are strongly advised not to pursue an additional major. In addition, IPEC majors may not minor in either economics or political science and may not major or minor in their primary language of focus.
Declaring a Major: To declare a major, students need to fill out both a major declaration form and an advising wizard form. Discuss your plan for completing the major (outlined on the advising wizard form) with your advisor who can be from either the political science or economics department. Have both your advisor and the Director of International Politics & Economics sign the major declaration form. Turn in one copy of both forms to the coordinator of International Politics & Economics. Turn in one copy of the major declaration form to the Registrar's Office.
First semester of senior year: Early in the first semester of your senior year, fill out both a degree audit sheet and an advising wizard form. Print out a copy of your unofficial transcript and evidence that any courses from abroad have been approved for IPEC major credit (such as an email approval from a chair or director, or information from the programs abroad office). Bring these items to the Director of International Politics & Economics no later than a week before registration for classes for your final semester. Once signed, turn in one copy of the advising wizard form and the degree audit sheet to the coordinator of International Politics & Economics. Turn in one copy of the degree audit sheet to the Registrar's Office.
Honors: In addition to their 12 required courses, qualifying students can choose to write a senior thesis. To launch a thesis project, students must obtain a thesis advisor in both political science and economics, and submit to their advisors a thesis prospectus for formal approval. To identify suitable thesis topics, it is highly recommended that IPEC thesis candidates begin consulting with the potential advisors during their junior year. For details, deadlines, and a timetable, see Honors Thesis Requirements, below.
Honors Thesis Requirements: The determination of honors, high honors, and highest honors is based on (1) the level of the grade achieved on the thesis; and (2) the level of the average grade received in all Middlebury College courses that count toward the IPEC major. Honors candidates must have an IPEC course average of 3.3 and a thesis grade of B+ to attain honors; an IPEC course average of at least 3.5 and a thesis grade of A- to attain high honors; and an IPEC course average of at least 3.7 and a thesis grade of A to attain highest honors. Note: Thesis grades do not count in the calculation of the GPA for honors, and a thesis cannot be pursued as a fifth course during any of the three semesters.