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International Economics, BS

Study essential economic theory and application, international politics and society and foreign language and culture in a rigorous liberal arts environment.

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Jack C. Massey College of Business

Amy Bennett
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Why Major in International Economics? 

Belmont’s distinguished economics faculty includes a Fulbright Scholar to the College of the Bahamas, a past president of the Tennessee Economic Association, an editorial board member for the Journal for Economics Educators, a board member of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce and an appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Tennessee Export Council.

Together, they have traveled to approximately 30 countries, made significant contributions to the profession, provided advice to numerous businesses and served as expert witnesses.

These outstanding individuals enjoy sharing their knowledge with students as the cornerstone of Belmont's program. Belmont students also gain valuable experience through faculty coordinated research projects.

What You'll Learn 

  • Study of economic aggregates
  • Demand and supply analysis
  • Theory of consumer behavior
  • Theory of the firm
  • Market structures and resource allocation
  • Resource price-employment determination

Career Possibilities

  • International Economist
  • Banker
  • Credit Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Financial Analyst

Program Details


A major in international economics leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and requires a total of 128 credit hours of coursework:

  • BELL core requirements: 53 hours
  • Major area: 33 hours
  • Foreign Language Minor requirement: 18 hours
  • General electives: 24 hours

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Courses You'll Take

ECO 2210: Principles of Macroeconomics

An introductory course in macroeconomic theory. Primary emphasis is placed upon the study of economic aggregates. Topics studied include: the basic operation of a market economy, national income accounting, the determination of employment, output and the price level; the banking system, fiscal, monetary and supply-side economic policies.

ECO 2220: Principles of Microeconomics

An introductory course in microeconomic theory. Primary emphasis is placed upon the study of the behavior of individual decision-making units. Topics to be studied include: demand and supply analysis, the theory of consumer behavior, the theory of the firm, market structures and resource allocation and resource price-employment determination.

ECO 3260: Intermediate Macroeconomics

An extension of ECO 2210 designed to provide students with a richer treatment of modern macroeconomic principles and policy. Topics include national income and employment determination, unemployment and inflation, economic growth theory and policy, monetary and fiscal policy and the influence of international trade and trade policy on the U.S. economy.

ECO 3270: Intermediate Microeconomics

An extension of ECO 2220, designed to provide students with a firm grasp of modern microeconomic principles and their application. Topics include consumer behavior and demand analysis, production and cost analysis, resource price and employment determination, market structure and performance and the influence of public policy on industry performance.

PSC 2300: International Relations

A survey of the sub-field of international relations, this course gives special emphasis to political and economic factors which contribute to conflict and cooperation among nations.

ECO 4400: International Economics

An examination of the special problems and issues surrounding the economic interaction of sovereign nations. Topics include gains from trade, patterns of trade, balance of payments, determination of exchange rates, free trade and protectionism, international capital markets and issues in international policy coordination.

ECO 3800: Comparative Economic Systems

This course investigates the organization of economic systems in the world’s major industrialized nations. Through comparative analysis of social, private sector and governmental institutions, students learn the strengths and weaknesses of national economies. The economics of China, the European Union, Japan and the Commonwealth of Independent States are the primary areas of interest for this course. Particular emphasis is placed upon the impact of globalization in each economy.

ECO 4330: International Capital Markets

This course analyzes the key financial markets and instruments that facilitate international trade and investment activity. The economic determinants of exchange rates in the major financial markets are studied and the financial tools and techniques used to manage exchange rate exposure by the firm are identified and explored.

ECO 4700: Economic Growth and Development

A survey of contemporary economic theories on the determinants of national economic welfare with particular emphasis placed on overcoming the challenges confronting developing countries. Course provides a historical, socio-political, theoretical and institutional context for discussing poverty, wealth, capital accumulation and international aid.

PSC 4320: International Law

A survey of public international law, this course focuses the nature of international law, its origin and capabilities and the actors involved. It then pursues these larger issues through specific topics in international law, such as laws of war, sea or environment.

PSC 3710: International Political Economy

This course examines how two different forms of organizing human activity, states and markets, interact on a global scale. Thus it focuses on international trade and the forces that drive it, and the policies and institutions that attempt to control it. This includes the policies that attempt to control international trade and the forces that drive those policies. Prior instruction in economics is not necessary but is helpful.

You’ll learn far beyond the classroom at Belmont. Here are just a few of the opportunities in store for you:

  • Engage in monthly professional development events
  • Attend lectures featuring top business professionals
  • Travel to Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Prague or another international destination as part of our Global Practicum
  • Complete a professional field experience
  • Get customized career guidance from the Jack C. Massey College of Business Career Development Center

Belmont University’s MBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

Fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide achieve AACSB accreditation, and Belmont is the only private college or university in Tennessee that is accredited by AACSB International for BBA, MBA and accounting programs.

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Jack C. Massey College of Business

Amy Bennett
Assistant Director of Admissions
Email Amy