Department of International Development
A major in International Development Studies prepares students to understand the challenges that developing nations face to achieve improved living conditions for their inhabitants. In our courses, we emphasize how development is shaped by the intersections of politics, economy, social and political power, and culture at global, national, and regional levels. Our majors acquire a critical understanding of environmental vulnerabilities and socio-economic inequalities in the developing world, grounded in an appreciation of global history
Upon completion of this concentration, students will have met a number of learning objectives, including the ability to:
- Define and understand central concepts of international development, including measurement of development, actors, theoretical approaches, and the history and trajectory of the field.
- Gain a greater ability to apply knowledge and analysis to specific development contexts and cases in order to evaluate the strengths and limitations of theoretical approaches, programs, and projects.
- Evaluate the merits of different approaches to international development on the basis of values at stake, including ethical, political, social, environmental, and economic ramifications.
- Have a working understanding of the causes and implications of a range of global environmental challenges and of different forms of response.
- Analyze the main problems related to diseases and health in international relations and development policy, as well as international efforts to control the spread of disease.