Coordinate - International Development

The major in International Development must be coordinated with a separate major in a traditional discipline. This traditional discipline is the primary major which determines whether a student earns a B.A. or a B.S. degree. The coordinate major in International Development provides students with an education firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition, while also providing them with a focused and international framework for analysis of current international events. A student in the ID program will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary global issues, especially as they pertain to the developing world.

International Development is a social science that embraces the theory and practice of improving the quality of life of people in the developing world. The program emphasizes a comprehensive approach to standard international development analysis by incorporating not just economic, but social, environmental, and cultural dimensions as well. ID, as a field of study, is relatively new. It emerged from critiques of post-World War II programs designed to alleviate poverty and promote economic, democratic and social development in second and third world countries after independence. ID studies, therefore, promote a cross-disciplinary understanding of economics, sociology, political science, anthropology and language, among others. Courses will be taken in various departments in the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as in at the Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer.

Students will declare the major with a member of the faculty. Faculty will meet with students in the program at least once a semester to discuss their degree status in order to ensure progress toward the completion of the degree. Students will then have the option of choosing from one of several thematic tracks listed below. The core curriculum will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of world issues and the appropriate foundation to design the rest of their program.

Major Requirements

(minimum 33 credit hours)

18 credits required from the International Development curriculum

6 credits required of a foreign language (at or above 203 level)**

9 credits required for “concentration” studies (at lease one course at the 600 level or above)

** The number of required credits will vary depending on participation in summer, semester or year abroad study programs.

Minor Requirements (18 credit hours)

Required Courses for the Major

I. International Development (18 credits)

II. Foreign Language (6 credits)

6 credits required of a foreign language (at or above 203 level)

We strongly encourage students to study a foreign language abroad in a summer, semester or year-long program. Depending on program participation, the number of credits for a foreign language will vary. The goal is a spoken proficiency in a foreign language, preferably one that is spoken in many countries of the developing world (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, etc). Spoken proficiency is defined according to criteria established by ACTFL and the Payson Center. Students may be tested to establish proficiency. Students who do not study abroad must take at least 6 credits of a foreign language at or above the 203 level. Students who enter into the program already fluent in a foreign language may test out of this requirement although they will be encouraged to attempt a third language.

III. One of the following Concentrations (9 credits)

Social Issues in Development Track

Geo-Politics of Development Track

Information Technology, Education and Development Track

Environment and Development Track

Gender Issues in Development Track

Geographic Area Concentrations



Latin America

Appropriate Elective Courses Within the Major: