The core field, which normally is completed in the first year of study, provides the foundation necessary for understanding international trade and investment issues. The core includes courses in economics, history, and political science. In addition, students take a quantitative methods course to complete the core field.
In their first year, students must take the following courses in a cohort with other ITIP students.
- ECON 6283 Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
- ECON 6284 Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
- PSC 6439 International Political Economy
Students should review microeconomics prior to taking ECON 6283 and macroeconomics prior to taking ECON 6284.
Quantitative Methods Requirement
Professionals in international trade and investment careers must have the ability to analyze and reason from quantitative data. To this end students are required to take a second-level course in statistics or an introductory course in econometrics. Training in this area provides important advantages when seeking employment.
Courses satisfying the requirement include:
- DNSC 6277 Applied Forecasting and Time-Series Analysis for Managers
- DNSC 6274 Statistical Modeling and Analysis
- ECON 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
- IAFF 6198 Advanced Quantitative Methods
Students are expected to have current knowledge of at least introductory statistics before enrolling in these courses. Consult the GW Graduate and Undergraduate Bulletins for the specific prerequisites of each course.