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: 
  • 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. See curriculum worksheet here.
The degree culminates in a senior capstone project.

Applications to transfer into the BPE Program are now open to first-year students (Class of 2024) ONLY.  Applications close on January 11, 2021 at 9 AM. CLICK HERE to Apply.

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
    • Any Biology (BIOL-UA)
    • Any Chemistry (CHEM-UA)
    • Any Physics (PHYS-UA)
    • Select ENVST-UA courses:
      • Approved effective Spring 2017: ENVST-UA 100, 210, 226/9226, 254, 275/9275, 323, 360 (Not approved: ENVST-UA 101 or ENVST-UA 4XX/5XX) all other ENVST can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
    • Select ANTH-UA courses:
      • Approved effective Fall 2017: ANTH-UA 2, 50-59, 80, 90, 240, 326, 511, 512
    • Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYCH-UA 25), Developmental Psychology (PSYCH-UA 34) or Social Neuroscience (PSYCH-UA 35)

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)
  • Optional: International Studies Program (ISP; MULT-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)
  • Political Economy (BPEP-UB 9012)
  • Political Economy of East Asia (BPEP-SHU 9042)
  • Business and Government (BPEP-UB 5)

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 (select one):
    • Microeconomics with Algebra (ECON-UB 1): this course includes multiple algebra and graphical problems and greater emphasis is placed on economic intuitions. Assessment is more qualitative and essay-based.  Use this this this helpful guide to learn more about what mathematical concepts you will be expected to know prior to enrolling in this course.
    • Microeconomics with Calculus (ECON-UB 2): this course is more quantitatively-based both in the topics covered and in the assessment.  Use this helpful guide to learn more about what mathematical concepts you will be expected to know prior to enrolling in this course.
  • 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 Society (SOIM-UB 125)
  • 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. Some examples of courses that count in the Electives area:
  • Foreign language requirements
  • Study away required coursework
  • Business electives (These may be distributed broadly or could be used toward a Track.)
  • Cross-school minor
  • Secondary major through the College of Arts and Science (CAS)
At least 28 units of electives must be from a non-business area. At least 16 units of electives must be from Stern's business electives.