International Development Emphasis

The International Development emphasis is recommended for students who wish to study development issues and policies, as preparation for careers with businesses, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, foreign aid contractors and relief organizations involved in working in developing countries.

To complete an International Development emphasis, students must take the courses below, in addition to the basic International Studies requirements (Int. Stds. 205 and 402). Students can take as many upper-level elective courses from Course List 2 to complete the major’s credit and discipline distribution requirements.

International Development courses (15 credits):

The courses required for International Development serve as the 15 credit specialization within International Studies:

  • 84-326 Politics of Development
  • 84-323 Comparative Constitutionalism
  • 59-341 Multinational Corporations
  • 59-308 Revolution and Development
  • 36-319 Economics of Least Developed Countries

Elective courses (15 credits):

Students pursuing the International Development emphasis may take 15 credits of elective courses, chosen from Course List 2, to complete the major’s 36 credits requirement.

Please note that only up to 9 credits out of the major’s 36 credits may consist of 100 or 200 level courses.

Students must take courses from at least four different disciplines giving credit in the International Studies program within their major.

Prerequisite courses

Please note some of the classes listed above have course prerequisites and minimum GPA requirements that must be fulfilled before a student is allowed to enroll into a specific class.


Course Distribution and Progressions Forms

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Please contact your International Studies advisor to explore your options, maximize the many interrelated majors and minors and to ensure that these are completed in time. The earlier you connect with your advisor, the more options you can pursue.