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Foundation Courses (8 credit hours)

All students in the International Development Program are required to take the following foundation courses and should take them the first semester:

  • INST 5400 Pro-seminar: Fundamentals of Development - 4 credits
  • GEOG 5290 World Economic Geography - 4 credits

Development Core (minimum of 12 credit hours)

Development and the development process do not

belong to any discipline, although many have an interest in and significant ideas to contribute to an understanding of development. This distribution requirement is to provide the student with different discipline perspectives on development - what are the questions asked, topics studied, and analytical interests. Below are suggested courses which fulfill this requirement, but the list is not comprehensive nor are all the courses taught every semester. Consult the course listings for each semester to determine if a course is being taught and the credit hour value of the course.

  • AAS 5300 Social Theories of Underdevelopment
  • ANTH 5450 Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 5530 Anthropology of Violence and Peace
  • ANTH 5710 Ethnology
  • ECON 5120 The Economics of Poverty *
  • ECON 5500 Development Economics **
  • EDCS 5020 Education and Transformative Social Change
  • EDCS 5040 Sociology, Politics, and Change in Education
  • GEOG 5400 Geography of Development
  • GEOG 6430 Seminar in Development: Gender and Development
  • POLS 5400 The Politics of Developing Areas
  • POLS 5560 International Organizations
  • SOC 6070 Seminar in Globalization
  • SOC 6080 Seminar on Poverty
  • SOC 6160 Social Theory

*This course is recommended for students who have a limited background in Economics and yet want to understand the role on economics in development.
**This course is for students who have a background in economics, specifically have had macro- and micro-economics.

Methods Core (minimum 8 credit hours)

Emphasis is on the acquisition of analytical skills, research methodologies, and practical techniques which allow the student to address the complexity and multitude of development problems in a specific context, and do so effectively, efficiently, and critically. Below is a selected list of courses which satisfy the methods requirement, though this list is not comprehensive. Consult the course listings for each semester to determine the credit hours for each course selected; a minimum of 8 credits is required.

  • ANTH 5560 Ethnographic Methods & Field Research
  • ECON 5030 Microeconomics
  • ECON 5040 Macroeconomics
  • EDRE 5010 Introduction to Research Methods
  • GEOG 5530 Environmental Planning and Assessment
  • GEOG 5660 Principles of Remote Sensing*
  • GEOG 5710 Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 5711 Qualitative Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 5712 Field Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 5730 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 5731 Geographic Information Systems Applications
  • HLTH 6740 Biostatistics in Public Health
  • HLTH 6770 Grant and Proposal Writing in Public Health
  • MDIA 6020 Quantitative Communication Research
  • MDIA 6030 Qualitative Research Methods in Media Studies
  • MPA 6010 Research Methods in Leadership and Public affairs
  • POLS 5800 Program Evaluation
  • POLS 5830 Introduction to Research Design
  • PSY 5110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • SOC 6540 Social Research Methods
  • SOC 5500 Data Analysis
  • SOC 6010 Seminar: Qualitative Research Methods

* Remote Sensing may count as a methods course for students pursuing the Environment technical concentration in order to meet the requirements for a GIS certificate.