International & Comparative Policy Studies

Requirements for the Major (2017)

The requirements listed below are mandatory for all students entering in Fall 2017, and encouraged for all students who declare during or after Spring 2017.

A. ICPS Core Requirement

ICPS primary fields (eight units). Any two from a–d:
  1. Economics 201 (Introduction to Economic Analysis) and three ICPS-economics courses.
  2. Political Science 220, 240, or 260 and three additional ICPS-political science courses, two of which must be upper-level.
  3. Any four ICPS-history courses, only two of which may be in American history.
  4. Sociology 211 and three ICPS-sociology courses.

ICPS secondary field (two units). Any one from a–d in an additional field not used as a primary field:

  1. Economics 201 (Introduction to Economic Analysis) and one ICPS-economics course.
  2. Political Science 220, 240, or 260 and one upper-level ICPS-political science course.
  3. Any two ICPS-History courses, only one of which may be in American history.
  4. Sociology 211 and one ICPS-sociology course.
B. Home Department Requirement
Students must fulfill the following course requirements in their respective home department (these may include courses listed above to fulfill the ICPS core requirement):


ICPS–economics major

1. Economics 201; 311 or 312; 313; and either 304 or 314.
2. Three additional ICPS-economics courses.

ICPS–history major:
1. Six units of history, including History 411 or 412 (the junior seminar). Four of the units are to be drawn from a list of ICPS–history courses. In addition, the six units must include at least one unit each in American history, European history, and the history of a region of the world other than America or Europe; and at least one would focus on the period before 1800 and one after 1800.
2. Statistics: one of Political Science 311, Mathematics 141, Economics 311 or 312, Sociology 311, or Psychology 348.

ICPS–political science major:
1. Five units in political science. This must include two empirical introductory political science courses (220, 240, or 260), and three upper-level political science courses, two of which must be ICPS.
2. Statistics: one of Political Science 311, Mathematics 141, Economics 311, Sociology 311, or Psychology 348. Political Science 311 cannot count as one of the five required political science units if used for the statistics requirement.
3. Junior Seminar.

ICPS–sociology major:
1. Sociology 211
2. Sociology 311
3. Five additional sociology courses, three of which must be ICPS-sociology courses.

C. Junior Qualifying Examination
ICPS students will take the junior qualifying examination required in their respective home department as well as the ICPS qualifying examination. Please see www.reed.edu/icps/major.html#qual for details and deadlines.

D. Thesis
Each student must complete a thesis appropriate to the ICPS major, dealing with international relations or a comparative policy study. The thesis adviser will ordinarily come from the ICPS Committee, or, with the committee’s approval, from the student’s home department. The ICPS Committee will approve one additional committee member according to the recommendation of the thesis advisor.