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

The International Development Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies Program focuses on the interconnected process of social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental change. Students learn theories, approaches, and practices of international development followed by multi-lateral, bi-lateral, and non-governmental organizations. Students take 12 credits, including a common course, to learn the history, theories, applications, and impacts of development. Electives challenge students to examine development practices from multiple disciplinary viewpoints and encourage critical thinking. 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 program encourages critical thinking and responsible action in an interconnected world. The International Development Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies Program is open to graduate students from all colleges and departments. 

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Effective Fall 2021

Core Courses
IE 679/ANTH 679Applications of International Development3
Select one course from the following:3
Anthropology and Sustainable Development
Contemporary Issues in Developing Countries
Development of Rural Resource-Based Economies
Water Engineering International Development
Women and Development
Children and Youth in Global Context
Managing International Development Programs
Perspectives in Global Health
Ethics and International Development
Political Economy of Change and Development
Supporting Courses
Students will take at least six credits from Supporting Courses or additional courses approved by the International Development Board. Core courses not taken to meet the three-credit core requirement can be used as supportive coursework.6
Development in Indian Country
Culture and Environment
Resilience, Well-Being, and Social Justice
Women, Health, and Culture
The Culture of Disaster
Globalization and Culture Change
Medical Anthropology
Anthropology and Global Health
International Agricultural Trade
Ag- and Resource-Based Economic Development
Development of Rural Resource-Based Economies
Seminar: International
International Business
Irrigation Systems Design
Wells and Pumps
Water Resources Planning and Management
Sustainable Water and Waste Management
Infrastructure and Utility Management
Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language
Theories of Foreign/Second Language Learning
Economics of International Trade and Policy
Economics of International Finance and Policy
Economic Development
International Trade Theory
International Production and Monetary Theory
Theories of Economic Development
International Finance
International Nutrition Studies
Travel Abroad-Wildlife Ecology/Conservation
Children and Youth in Global Context
International Mass Communication
L*** Upper-division foreign language
Francophone Cultures: Representations 1
Francophone Cultures: Contacts
International Business Management
International Marketing
International Organization
Comparative African Politics
Comparative Asian Politics
Politics of South America
Politics in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
International Security Studies
Comparative Politics
Politics of Environment and Sustainability
International Environmental Politics
Comparative Environmental Politics
World Grassland Ecogeography
Sociology of Rural Development
Theories of Development and Social Change
Gender and Global Society
Sociology of Sustainable Development
Globalization and Socioeconomic Restructuring
Theories of State, Economy, and Society
Global Inequality and Change
Global Challenges in Plant and Soil Science
Communication and Cultural Diversity
Watershed Management in Developing Countries
Program Total Credits:12

A minimum of 12 credits are required to complete this program. A minimum of 9 credits must be at 500-level or above.


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