As the world becomes more interconnected, the decisions made in the U.S. or abroad have effects around the world.
Understanding the connections and how policy decisions will affect people around the world is at the heart of the major in economics and international studies at La Salle. We prepare our students to take a deeper look at what it means to be a global citizen, with a particular emphasis on policy analysis.
Commitment to Student Success
Each student will have regular one-on-one meetings with a faculty adviser to structure the coursework to align with the student’s goals – including planning double majors or minors. Double majors have included programs ranging from political science, to sociology, math, finance, marketing, history, and others. The shaping of the major and the assistance in achieving double majors can help students have a unique story to tell as they move into the workforce or as they apply to graduate school. Our students have used their stories to become Fulbright Scholars, lawyers, analysts, and much more.
All economics and economics and international studies majors are eligible to apply for the Joseph Flubacher Scholarship for their junior and senior years at La Salle. The scholarship is added to existing aid and can be used to cover tuition, on-campus room and board, and textbooks. The scholarship is competitive based on academic performance, financial need, and a commitment to social justice.
Courses in this Major
Economics and International Studies majors have the opportunity to choose from a variety of courses. Here is a sample of the course offerings.
ECN/HIS/POL 332:Political Economy of Africa
This course examines the political and economic conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa and provides a historical perspective on these conditions. Issues examined include the political and economic consequences of colonialism, post-independence political forces and economic policies, and U.S. foreign policy toward Africa.
ECN 331: International Economics
This course involves an introduction to the theory of international trade. Topics include specialization and the gains from trade, tariffs, and protectionist policies, trade imbalances, the role of international institutions, foreign exchange markets, and monetary and fiscal policies in an open economy.
ECN 335: International Trade and Trade Wars
This course provides an overview of the U.S. in the global economy and the history of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an examination of the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism, and an examination of major trade disputes that involve the U.S. The course ultimately explores how international trade laws, politics, diplomacy, and multi-national corporations in pursuit of profits interact.
"To argue against the global economy is like stating opposition to the weather – it continues whether you like it or not."
Blaze Your Own Path
With a degree in economics and international studies, your career could take you anywhere around the world. Whether you’re working in an embassy or as an analyst, your education in research, policy analysis, and social justice will have prepared you for your future. With a degree in this major, you could go on to become a(n):
Our graduates have gone forth to further their education at institutions like:
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Virginia, Master’s in Public Policy
Harvard University, Master’s in Russia, Eastern European, and Central Asia
Through relevant internships you’ll be able to gain valuable hands-on experience in your industry. From this experience you’ll not only be able to build your resume, you’ll be able to determine what path you wish to follow. Our students have interned at places such as:
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
At La Salle we know our students each have a unique life story full of experiences and traditions. We encourage our students to expand their viewpoints through rigorous research on topics that interest and inspire them. From an international student choosing topics that affect their homeland to a local student studying the world economy, everyone develops their expertise in a designated area. Some of our past student research projects include:
“Economic Impacts of Joining the European Union after 2003”
“The Efficiency of Bookmaker’s Odds as Forecasts in English Premier League Soccer”
“The World Food Program’s Food Aid Program: Helping or Hurting Haiti?”
“Is NAFTA Meeting its Goal of Increasing Economic Growth in Mexico?”