The Economics and International Studies program at La Salle focuses on understanding how policy decisions affect people around the world. This major integrates economics, international studies, and foreign language to provide students with the necessary tools to address the various challenges and opportunities that the professional world presents. We encourage students to take a deeper look at what it means to be a global citizen, with a particular emphasis on policy analysis. The major also prepares them for various graduate programs, including those in economics, business, international relations, public policy, and foreign languages.
The Economics and International Studies major is a unique opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of three areas of study – economics, international studies, and foreign language. Additionally, our internship program is extensive, placing students at numerous businesses and institutions in Philadelphia and abroad.
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.
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.
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.
The Economics and International Studies major prepares students for a wide range of careers with for-profit companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and international businesses and organizations. Specific jobs include: