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. The program offers a curricular concentration on global development as a designation on the transcript upon graduation for students who choose this concentration. The designation Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Global Development Studies reflects the program's interdisciplinary content and orientation. The designation is not a major or minor, but functions as an enhancement of, or a complement to, any major of a student's choice.

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 designation 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.