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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 the BPE academic adviser (currently, Erin Katims for freshmen and Scott Bourdeau for upper classmen), 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 at least require summer/January coursework.

To foster a unique global perspective, the BPE program includes three full semesters of global study at NYU's campuses in London and then a choice of either Shanghai or Washington, D.C. 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.'

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.

BPE Curriculum

The Liberal Arts Core

• Calculus I (or higher level mathematics)
• Statistics
• Natural Science
• Area studies elective 

The Business Core

• Principles of Financial Accounting
• Foundations of Finance (London or NYC)
• Introduction to Marketing (London, Shanghai, or NYC)
International Studies Program (ISP) (for the Class of 2017 and beyond) or International Business elective (International Marketing Management, International Financial Management, or Global Macroeconomics for earlier classes)

The Politics Core

• Introduction to Economic and Political Thought
• World Politics (London)
• International Political Economy (London)
• Political Economy of East Asia (Shanghai) or Politics of Latin America (Washington, D.C.)

The Economics Core

• Microeconomics
• Introduction to Macroeconomics
• International Economics (London)
• Economics elective (London, Washington D.C., or NYC)

Social Impact Core

• Business and Its Publics
• Organizational Communication and Its Social Context (London or Shanghai, for the Class of 2017 and beyond)
• Law, Business and Society (Shanghai or NYC)
• Professional Responsibility and Leadership

Learn more about the Social Impact Core.


• BPE Senior Capstone

University Electives

• Foreign language requirements
• Study away required coursework
• Business electives
• Cross-school minor
• Secondary major through the College of Arts and Science (CAS)

Program Overview

BPE Curriculum Video ImageBPE graphic Apr2013 update

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