More than ever, the broader world with its complex political dynamics and economic trends beckons students to explore things international.

For those interested in the nexus of economics and politics, the International Politics and Economics (IPE) program is ideal. One of Middlebury’s most popular majors, its themes and subjects of inquiry are especially relevant in today’s globalized world.

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The IPE Major

If you have an interest in politics, economics, and globalization, and want to approach the disciplines from multiple perspectives, IPE will immerse you in our rapidly changing world and and how governments interact with the global economy. Explore the major.

Interdisciplinary Approach

This carefully structured interdisciplinary program reflects Middlebury’s strong international orientation, extensive foreign language resources, depth in internationally oriented faculty, and commitment to study abroad.

Our faculty also teach in the departments of economics and political science. Through courses developed and taught by these faculty, you’ll examine the globalizing world through a variety of conceptual lenses supplied by the social sciences, learn multiple ways of solving problems, and explore areas of inquiry that intersect traditional disciplines.

Annual Symposium

The IPE Symposium is held each fall with the goal to consider the political and economic dimensions of a pressing issue from varying perspectives. Read more about current symposium.

Our Alumni

IPE not only helps students develop unique skills that enable them to understand their world in new ways, but helps position them for a number of exciting opportunities post-graduation.

Our approach, in combination with the study of languages and the immersion in another culture during study abroad, prepares students for a wide array of opportunities after college, including further study in graduate and professional schools. IPE alumni are engaged in careers ranging from investment banking to the Peace Corps, from teaching to government service, journalism, public policy and management consulting.

These are just a few of the ways our alumni has applied their IPE skills in the world:

  • American Express, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion
  • U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer
  • Office of U.S. Trade Representative, Executive, Office of the President
  • UN International Atomic Energy Agency, Safeguards Training Expert
  • Repair the World, Senior Director, Operations
  • Boxagon, CEO and Cofounder—London
  • SRA International, Human Capital Analyst
  • The World Bank, Health Specialist
  • Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Director, General Policy, Ministry of Finance
  • Singapore Economic Development Board, Senior Officer, Resource Development
  • Ford Motor Company, Export Operations—Ford China Trading Company
  • LVMH Wines & Spirits (Moet Hennessy), Executive Vice President
  • Women’s World Banking, Chief Product Development Officer
  • Defense Intelligence Agency, Asia Analyst
  • GE Onshore Wind, Global Treasurer
  • Grosvenor Asia Pacific, CEO
  • Associated Press, Correspondent—Mexico City
  • Citi, Director, Trade Head UK and Ireland
  • Amazon (Tokyo), Head of Content, Asia Pacific
  • Mongolia International Capital Corporation, President, CEO and Founder
  • Human Rights Watch, Researcher-Counterterrorism, Extremism, Populism

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