Global Development Studies

About the Program

The Global Development Studies Program represents an interdisciplinary array of courses that share a focus on the problematics and transformations associated with development. Since development entails political, economic, social, and cultural transformations at the individual, local, national and global levels, the program consists of courses that address multiple thematic and regional dimensions of development processes.

Courses in the program allow students to explore the empirical, philosophical, and policy dimensions of development. Faculty members with development expertise are in many different departments, and the Global Development Studies Program brings together courses from multiple departments and programs for interdisciplinary engagement.

Program Objectives

By working with diverse disciplinary lenses, textual forms, and theoretical models, students who pursue a minor in Global Development Studies should demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the historical, political, social, and economic processes that have shaped global inequality and responses to them;
  2. A knowledge of the various theories and key concepts that scholars have advanced to explain and critique global development or underdevelopment;
  3. The ability to critically analyze and evaluate the source, nature and implications of distinct policies and efforts organized in the name of global development.

To qualify for the minor in Global Development Studies, a student must meet the requirements specified below. While students self-select their participation in the program by completing and submitting a form to the Academic Advising office, they are strongly encouraged to meet with one of the advisory committee members to coordinate their planned curricular trajectory.

Though courses that reflect a focus on development are represented in some First-Year Seminars, they do not count towards the designation in Global Development Studies. Students interested in development processes are nevertheless encouraged to consider these courses.

Most courses offered in the program require no related prior study; however, students who take any of the few upper division courses with prerequisites must satisfy the associated requirements.