Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the minor degree requirements listed below.

Requirements for the Minor

The Global Development Studies minor requires 6 units:

  1. GDS 211
  2. One of the following two “core” courses:
    1. ECON 268
    2. SOAN 316
  3. Three units of electives from the program curriculum listed below. Students must take at least one unit from the “Topical” group and one unit from the “Regional” group. At least two of three electives must be at the 200 level or higher. Students who take both GDS core courses (ECON 268 and SOAN 316) will receive elective credit (Topical) for the second course
  4. GDS 400.


  1. If approved by a member of the Advisory Committee, substitution of requirements may be possible using 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 minor in Global Development Studies may be taken at any time in a student’s academic trajectory.
  2. No more than two courses taken for the GDS minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

Course Offerings: Topical Electives

  • BUS/IPE 361 Business and the Base of the Pyramid
  • COMM 460 Technology, Organization, and Globalization
  • ECON 271 International Economics
  • ECON 327 Climate Change: Economics, Policy, and Politics
  • ENVR/PG 382 Global Environmental Politics
  • IPE 205 The Political Economy of International Trade and Finance
  • IPE 321 The Business of Alleviating Poverty : NGOs, Corporations, and Social Entrepreneurs
  • IPE/SOAN 323 The Political, Economic, and Social Context of International Tourism
  • IPE 331 The International Political Economy of Food and Agriculture
  • IPE 367 Cosmopolitan Countrysides: Understanding Rural Places in Global Context
  • IPE 382 The Illicit Global Economy
  • IPE 389 Global Struggles over Intellectual Property
  • IPE/SOAN 407 Political Ecology
  • PG 328 Development, Exploitation, and Political Change
  • SOAN 230 Indigenous Peoples: Alternative Political Economies
  • SOAN 316 Cultural Politics of Global Development
  • SOAN 318 Gender, Work, and Globalization
  • SOAN 335 Third World Perspectives
  • SOAN 350 Border Crossings: Transnational Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • SOAN 352 Critical Studies of Organizations, Work, and Management
  • SOAN 365 Global Health

Course Offerings: Regional Electives

  • BUS 472 Business in Latin America
  • BUS 474 Business in India and South Asia
  • CONN 334 Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa and Beyond
  • CONN 395 China and Latin America: A New Era of Transpacific Relations
  • ENGL 361 South Asian Fiction
  • HIST 280 Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 281 Modern Latin America
  • HIST 291 Modern Africa
  • HIST 380 Modern Mexico: From Revolution to NAFTA
  • HIST 382 Comparative Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Latin America
  • HIST 384 Transnational Latin America
  • HIST 391 Nelson Mandela and 20th Century South Africa
  • HIST 392 Men and Women in Colonial Africa
  • IPE 333 Political Economy of Southeast Asia
  • LAS 100 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LAS 380 Around Macondo in Eighty Days
  • LAS/PG 399 Latin American Travel Seminar
  • PG 325 African Politics
  • SOAN 222 Culture and Society of Southeast Asia
  • SOAN 315 Identity Politics in Latin America
  • SOAN 416 Modern India and Diaspora
  • SPAN 402 Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Latin America