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Coordinated by the International Development Studies Board and the Office of International Programs

Learn how to think and act as an agent for positive social change.

The International Development Interdisciplinary Minor encourages students to think critically and act responsibly in an interconnected world. The 21-credit program specifically examines the methods and challenges of poverty alleviation and economic development. Coursework is flexible and individualized to meet students' educational needs. The minor emphasizes international and cross-cultural perspectives and offers coursework from multiple disciplines. Students work through diverse ideas of development, poverty, sustainability, and related topics. A required common course critically examines theories and processes of development. The program prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities related to international development, including volunteer work or employment in international and advocacy organizations, or business, policy, and research groups. The minor provides an international perspective that complements any CSU major. 

Effective Fall 2020

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Core Courses
IE 479/ANTH 479International Development Theory and Practice3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)
Economic Development
Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)
World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)
Women and Development
Children and Youth in Global Context
Managing International Development Programs
International Relations (GT-SS1)
Globalization, Sustainability, and Justice
Supporting Courses Group A 1
Select at least 9 credits from the following courses or from additional upper-division courses approved by the International Development Board and advisor9
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Modern Indian Culture and Society
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies
Cultural Change
Medical Anthropology
Indigenous Peoples Today
Development in Indian Country
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World
Method in Cultural Anthropology
Community Development from the Ground Up
International Agricultural Trade
Ag- and Resource-Based Economic Development
International Political Economy
Comparative Economic Systems
Economics of International Trade and Policy
Economics of International Finance and Policy
International Business Finance
Cultural Geography
Education for Global Peace
International Studies Research Methods
International Mass Communication
L*** Foreign languages 2
Francophone Cultures: Representations 3
Francophone Cultures: Contacts
International Business Management
International Marketing
International Issues-Recreation and Tourism
Ethics of Sustainability
Environmental Ethics
Politics and Society Along Mexican Border
Global Environmental Politics
International Law
International Organization
Environmental Politics in Developing World
Comparative Social Movements
Comparative African Politics
Comparative Asian Politics
Politics of South America
Politics in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
Middle East Politics
Psychology of Women
Population-Natural Resources and Environment
Sociology of Rural Life
Food, Agriculture and Global Society
Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology
Water and Social Justice
Social Movements
Global Challenges in Plant and Soil Science
International Social Welfare and Development
Intercultural Communication
Supporting Courses Group B 1
Select at least 3 credits from the following courses, OR from Core Courses or Supporting Courses Group A not previously taken, OR from additional courses approved by the International Development Board and advisor:3
Plants and Civilizations (GT-SS3)
L*** Foreign Languages 4
Current World Problems (GT-SS1)
Comparative Government and Politics (GT-SS1)
Program Total Credits:21

No more than 6 credits may be taken in any subject code from among all the supporting courses, both Group A and Group B.


Select from upper-division (300- to 400-level) language courses.


Accepted only when designated “Des Questions de development a travers le cinema africain."


Select from any level language courses. A maximum of 6 credits are allowed for foreign language courses.