Though courses that reflect a focus on development are represented in the 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.
Several courses in the program are options in the core curriculum and may be counted towards both the emphasis and the core requirement.
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.
To qualify for the designation Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Global Development Studies, a student must meet the requirements specified below. While students self-select their participation in the program through declaration of the emphasis on Cascade, they are strongly encouraged to meet with one of the advisory committee members to coordinate their planned curricular trajectory.
Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Global Development Studies
- The emphasis requires a total of six courses (6 units) from the required and elective course options;
- Two of the three "core" courses:
- CSOC 316 Social and Cultural Change,
- ECON 268 Economic Analysis of Underdevelopment and/or
- IPE 311 Political Economy of "Third World" Development.
- Four units of electives from the program curriculum listed below. Two units must come from the "Topical" group and two must come from the "Regional" group. Three units must be at the 200 level or higher.
- Students who take all three of CSOC 316, ECON 268 and IPE 311 will receive elective credit (Topical) for the third course.
- Grades of C or better in all program courses (no pass/fail) are required.
- Several courses in the program are options in the core curriculum and may be counted towards both the emphasis and the core requirement.
Substitution of requirements may be possible, as arranged with and approved by a member of the Global Development Studies advisory committee. For example, students may petition for the inclusion of courses not already listed as approved electives, including courses taken during study abroad. Approval of these petitions will be determined according to the extent the courses address political, social, economic or cultural changes associated with development processes. Courses applicable to the designation in Global Development Studies may be taken at any time in a student's academic trajectory.