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. By working with diverse disciplinary lenses, textual forms, and theoretical models, students hone their ability to analyze the source, nature and effects of the global inequalities and transformations associated with development.