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Critical issues – whether they’re at home or in cities halfway across the world – all interact with a global system of political economic forces and relations. Economists, political scientists, historians, sociologists and anthropologists all have distinct ways of seeing the world, with each offering individual, competing and sometimes complementary explanations for why the world is the way that it is.
Global political economy seeks to bridge these perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of our increasingly complex and interconnected world and how global political and economic forces shape local circumstances.
What our students say
“Global political economy requires an open mind and a willingness to be challenged. The intensity and wide content can be overwhelming and difficult, but is extremely satisfying to achieve in the end.”
- Ben Bawdon, global political economy student
Global political economy is applicable to many careers, including:
- Labour relations
- Conciliation/Mediation services
- Immigration/Settlement services
- Policy analysis
- Emergency management
- International Development
Many students go on to graduate school or professional programs including law, city planning, journalism or business.
Students have gone on to work, study or volunteer internationally in Norway, Turkey, Ghana, Ecuador, Hong Kong and more.
Take advantage of the global political economy field placement course to gain valuable work experience and networking opportunities in community-based organizations, government departments and agencies, policy and research organizations, unions and more.
The Faculty of Arts offers three- and four-year undergraduate degrees in global political economy.
BA degrees at a glance
BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
BA Advanced: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all faculty-required courses. Students select a major and minor program of study or a double major in lieu of a minor.
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Expected duration: 3 years
The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.
You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Expected duration: 4 years
The advanced program offers a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the major.
Graduates of the advanced major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate studies. The advanced degree is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree.
To earn a BA Advanced degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all faculty-required courses. The program requires at least 48 credit hours in a major subject area, as well as a minor field of study that includes a minimum of 18 credit hours in a subject area. In lieu of a minor, students may complete a double advanced major program.
Students should apply to enter the advanced program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.
Degree requirements for all BA degrees
Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:
- 6 credit hours of humanities
- 6 credit hours of social sciences
- 6 credit hours of sciences
- 3 credit hours of written English (W)
- 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
- 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields
The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.
For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.
Sample course offerings
- GPE 1700: Social Justice in the 21st Century: Global Political Economy and Environmental Change (3 credit hours)
- GPE 2700: Perspectives on Global Political Economy (3 credit hours)
- GPE 3700: A Survey of Global Political Economy (3 credit hours)
- HIST 2732: Modern World History, 1945-1992: The Age of Three Worlds (3 credit hours)
- ECON 1010: Introduction to Microeconomic Principles (3 credit hours) and ECON 1020: Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2000: Culture, Society, and Power (3 credit hours)
- POLS 3270: Theories of the Capitalist World Order (3 credit hours)
- SOC 3838: Ecology and Society (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Arts in Global Political Economy program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
You apply to the Bachelor of Arts program without selecting your major and minor areas of study (e.g., anthropology, political science, etc.). You make these choices after you are in the BA program.
Admission and application inquiries
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Global Political Economy
333 Isbister Building
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2