Degree Requirements

University Requirements

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.

Designation 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 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.

Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Global Development Studies

  1. The emphasis requires a total of six courses (6 units) from the required and elective course options;
  2. Two of the three "core" courses:
    1. SOAN 316 Cultural Politics of Global Development,
    2. ECON 268 Economic Analysis of Underdevelopment and/or
    3. IPE 311 Political Economy of International Development.
  3. 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.
  4. Students who take all three of SOAN 316, ECON 268 and IPE 311 will receive elective credit (Topical) for the third course.


  1. Grades of C or better in all program courses (no pass/fail) are required.
  2. 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. Students who study abroad may apply up to two approved electives toward the designation in Global Development Studies. 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.

Course Offerings: Topical Electives

  • BUS/IPE 361, Business and the Base of the Pyramid
  • COMM 460, Technology, Organization, and Globalization
  • ECON 271, International Economics
  • ENVR/PG 382, Global Environmental Politics
  • IPE 300, The Political Economy of International Trade and Finance
  • IPE 321, The Business of Alleviating Poverty
  • IPE 331, The International Political Economy of Food and Hunger
  • IPE 382, The Illicit Global Economy
  • IPE 389, Global Struggles over Intellectual Property
  • SOAN 230, Indigenous Peoples: Alternative Political Economies
  • SOAN 316, Cultural Politics of Global Development
  • SOAN 318, Women and Global Inequality
  • SOAN 323/IPE 323, Tourism and the Global Order
  • SOAN 335, Third World Perspectives
  • SOAN 350, Border Crossings: Transnational Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • SOAN/IPE 407, Political Ecology

Course Offerings: Regional Electives

  • BUS 472, Business in Latin America
  • ENGL 361, South Asian Fiction
  • HIST 246, History of China: 1600 to Present
  • HIST 280, Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 281, Modern Latin America
  • HIST 291, Modern Africa
  • HIST 380, Modern Mexico
  • HIST 382, Comparative Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Latin America
  • HIST 384, Translational Latin America
  • HIST 385, Cities, Workers, and Social Movements in Latin America, 1880-1990
  • HIST 391, Nelson Mandela and 20th Century South Africa
  • HIST 392, Men and Women in Colonial Africa
  • IPE 333, Political Economy of Southeast Asia
  • IPE/SOAN 395, China and Latin America: Toward a New Era of Transpacific Relations
  • LAS 100, Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LAS 380, Around Macondo in 80 Days
  • PG 325, African Politics
  • PG 399, Latin American Travel Seminar
  • SOAN 312, Indonesia and Southeast Asia in Cultural Context
  • SOAN 315, Identity Politics in Latin America
  • SOAN 416, Modern India and Diaspora
  • SPAN 402 Seminar in Colonial and/or Nineteenth-Century Latin America