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Bachelor of Science in Social and Economic Development Policy

IIT’s Social and Economic Development Policy program is designed for global thinkers and future change-makers – the ones who want to make the world a better place. Whether your policy passion area is local politics, poverty reduction, international relations, or something else entirely, IIT’s degree will prepare you to make an impact.

A degree in Social and Economic Development Policy at IIT will help you hone your knowledge of how globalization is impacting your local community and vice versa. It will equip you with the skills you need to work on the front lines of public policy development, opening doors to careers that are actively engaged with the social, economic and environmental policy issues that are as fundamental today as they will be decades into the future. You will also focus on the role technology plays in alleviating poverty, as well as how technology shapes economic competitiveness.

IIT’s focus on technology and innovation is another benefit for our Policy students. Here, you’ll have access to engineers and scientists – professionals with prevalent roles in the development field. At IIT, you will have unique opportunities for interdisciplinary teamwork.

Program at a glance

In this program, you will choose a specialization – Emerging Economies or Advanced Economies – and you’ll study the ways globalization is shaping markets, societies, and political power. A minor in Applied Economics is required in this program as well.

General Education (36 hours)
Major (30 hours)
Free elective (15 hours)

You will also participate in an Interprofessional Project, unique to IIT’s curriculum.

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Sample courses

  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Global Political Economy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Evaluation

After graduation

In this program, you will gain the expertise needed to tackle the challenges governments, nonprofits and international organizations are facing every day. You’ll stand out to prospective employers as a candidate who’s savvy with the tools of the field, including sharp critical thinking and analytical abilities, as well as familiarity with research methods and a strong foundation in economics.

You will also be prepared to continue on to graduate school in a number of fields.

Learn more

Get in touch: For more information, contact Professor Rebecca Steffenson at rsteffe1@iit.edu, or call our office at 312.567.5132.

Apply: To get started on your application, visit undergraduate admissions.