The Global Development Studies (GDS) minor allows students to explore the political, economic, and sociocultural dimensions of global development, while also providing opportunities to learn skills and engage in experiences that enable future studies or work in the field of global development.
The Global Development Studies minor has allowed me to see outside the world of science and to analyze how networks of social, political, cultural, and economic factors are influencing the world around me. The interdisciplinary approach of this program has allowed me to explore many different subjects within the minor, such as global trade relationships, tourism, and healthcare practices that have ultimately led to a more complex understanding of different processes that have shaped global inequality.
I think that it's important to study development because we perpetuate development as a hegemonic global power, and the privilege we have on a global scale to live and study in the United States provides us with the unique opportunity and duty to understand those around us and push ourselves to work not only for higher standards of living for all people, but also for cross-cultural understanding. I learned how to critically think from many lenses, and through the interdisciplinary nature of the emphasis, I gained an understanding of how to critique academic fields in a constructive way.
Studying Global Development has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my college career. Global Development Studies classes helped to open up my world view and allowed me to better understand how and why countries interact the way they do. I chose to do the GDS emphasis because it fell in line with my International Political Economy major extremely well. It pushed me to take a few classes I wouldn't have thought to take and those classes have been some of the most valuable I've taken throughout college.
Global Development contextualizes modern affairs by building a foundation of knowledge that spans across an array of interesting and valuable topics such as Global Health, Economic Development, and interdisciplinary topics like transnational relations between China and Latin America. Paired with my Economics major and Chinese minor, I found that Global Development Studies provided me with the unique opportunity to dive deeper into international development topics that were just being mentioned in my other courses. I hope that from my studies, I will be able to leverage my knowledge from GDS and in some way contribute to positive and sustainable change on a global level.
I chose to study Global Development to add an interdisciplinary component to my undergraduate studies. Rather than solely study economics, sociology, anthropology, or history, I was able to look at how each of these topics intersect with each other and form how we think about development. Without the minor, I wouldn't have gotten nearly as comprehensive of a look at development as I did with the combination of classes from the different departments.
When Global Development Studies was launched, I was ecstatic. I have always been interested in global health care and when I found out there would be a possibility to merge my pre-med studies with my global interests, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I came into Puget Sound with enough science credits that I was able to spend a lot of time with Global Development Studies, and I am so glad I did. The ability for me to be able to critically think about global health inequities and the challenges that the world faces when it comes to policy making and funding of healthcare gives me perspective when I am working in my community.
Studying Global Development provides students of privilege the perspective of those living in developing nations and the political, economic, and societal factors that influence the outcomes of these nations. I chose to minor in Global Development Studies because it was one of the few programs here at Puget Sound that had a large focus on studying marginalized communities and how these communities can be served.
Global development helps you look at problems and situations through different lenses. I chose this minor because it complemented my thesis in International Political Economy. I liked the fact that GDS requires you take more inclusive classes from different areas.
A GDS minor allows you to connect many development theories and policies to direct outcomes. It complements International Political Economy since these are both fields that are heavily impacted by globalization and international connections.