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Business and Political Economy (BPE)

With the completion of this program, you will receive a Bachelor's of Science with a major in Business and Political Economy. You will not select a specific area of study as concentrations in business, politics and economics are already built into your specialized curriculum. With planning, and consultation with your BPE academic adviser, it may be possible to incorporate an NYU minor or a Stern Track into your time at NYU; some students may be able to incorporate a second major through the College of Arts and Science, although this may require summer/January coursework.

To foster a unique global perspective, the BPE program includes: 
  • For Class of 2017 and preceding classes:  Two full semesters of global study at NYU's campus in London during your sophomore year. You have a required junior semester of global study in Shanghai- deepening your understanding of emerging markets - or Washington, D.C. - exposing you to a political hub with a unique internship program in public policy or business.
  • For Class of 2018 and 2019: Two full semesters of global study at NYU's campus in London during your sophomore year. You have the option of spending an additional semester at any NYU site where you will be able to fulfill BPE requirements.
  • For Class of 2020 and beyond: Two full semesters of global study at NYU's campuses in London in the Fall and Shanghai in the Spring during your sophomore year. You have the option of spending an additional semester at any NYU site where you will be able to fulfill BPE requirements.
The degree culminates in a senior capstone project.

Beginning with the Class of 2017, the BPE curriculum requirements also include the International Studies Program (ISP) and 'Organizational Communication and Its Social Context.'

BPE Curriculum

Below is an overview of our core requirements. You can find detailed information such as course descriptions, pre-requisites and more via the Registrar's Course Listing or our Course Index. You can also view this via our curriculum worksheet.

Liberal Arts Core

For students in the BPE program, the Liberal Arts Core includes four courses designed to hone critical quantitative skills, promote creative and logical thinking, and heighten cultural awareness, focusing on the regions in which students study abroad. This core consists of:
  • Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) or higher
  • Statistics for Business Control & Regression/Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 103)
    Statistics for Business Control (STAT-UB 1)
    Regression/Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 3)
  • Area Studies course
  • Natural Science (CORE 200-399 or approved departmental course such as BIOL-UA, CHEM-UA, select ENVST-UA, NEURL-UA, PHYS-UA, ANTH-UA 2 or PSYCH-UA 25)

Business Core

The Business Core provides an introduction to the key business disciplines of accounting, finance, and marketing, as well an introduction to global business. This core consists of:
  • Cohort Leadership Program (MULT-UB 9)
  • Principles of Financial Accounting (ACCT-UB 1)
  • Foundations of Finance (FINC-UB 2)
  • Introduction to Marketing (MKTG-UB 1)
  • International Studies Program (ISP; MGMT-UB 11)

Politics Core

The Politics Core introduces students to the study of politics through coursework covering political theory, comparative politics, international relations, and political economy. 
Classes stress the challenges of globalization as well as focus on how politics, economics, and business interact at the international level. This core consists of:
  • Introduction to Economic and Political Thought (BPEP-UB 1)
  • World Politics (BPEP-UB 9010)
  • International Political Economy (BPEP-UB 9011)
  • Regional Political Economy (BPEP-UB 9042/9044)

Economics Core

The Economics Core exposes students to the major concepts, tools, and debates of economics today, with a strong focus on global economic linkages and trends. This core consists of: 
  • Microeconomics (ECON-UB 1)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (BPEP-UB 2)
  • International Economics (ECON-UA 9238)
  • Economics elective (ECON-UB or ECON-UA)

Social Impact Core

The Social Impact Core is a four-course sequence focusing on issues of personal and professional ethics;corporate social responsibility; the role of law in business and commerce; and the interconnections between corporations, markets, culture and governments, and our global society. This core consists of:
  • Business and Its Publics: Discourse (SOIM-UB 125) AND Business and Its Publics: Plenary and Inquiry (SOIM-UB 1)
  • Organizational Communication & Its Social Context (SOIM-UB 65; a pre-requisite for ISP)
  • Law, Business & Society (SOIM-UB 6)
  • Professional Responsibility and Leadership (SOIM-UB 12)


The BPE senior seminar is a capstone experience that draws on all the business, politics, and economics coursework students have taken throughout their four years at Stern.
  • BPE Senior Seminar (BPEP-UB 8)


Electives are courses used to complete a minor, fulfill the foreign language requirement, delve deeper into an area of business, or sample an array of intellectual perspectives. 
Two courses should have an international focus (not including foreign language courses or courses required by a study abroad site). At least 12 units of electives must be from Stern’s business classes. These may be distributed broadly or could be used toward a Track
  • Foreign language requirements
  • Study away required coursework
  • Business electives
  • Cross-school minor
  • Secondary major through the College of Arts and Science (CAS)

Learning Goals

​The NYU Stern faculty developed and approved the following four guiding educational principles in 2013 as the foundational goals for the Bachelor of Science in Business and Political Economy (BPE) degree program at NYU Stern. These goals describe the knowledge, skills, and values that the School expects students to have attained upon completion of their undergraduate program study.

I. Achieve proficiency: Students will achieve professional levels of competence in core functions of business, including written communication skills, and understanding of the principle theories of international politics and economics.
II. Intellectualism: Students will exhibit intellectual curiosity, high levels of intellectual engagement, and open-mindedness to new ideas and alternative points of view.
III. Global experiences: Students will demonstrate their understanding of different cultural and political environments around the world and their ability to work professionally in a cross-cultural environment.
IV. Social impact: Students will achieve understanding of the role of business within our global society.