World Development Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

World Development Studies Program
HSS 142
Director: Phil King


Professors—Banerjee, Barbosa, Foschi, Moss, Shastri, Yansane

Associate Professors—Keith, King, Oņate, Quesada


Minor in World Development Studies

Program Scope

The field of world development studies looks at the comprehensive transformations that have been brought to human societies across the globe by the spread of the industrial revolution. Approximately one-third of the world's population enjoys a higher material standard of living due to industrialization, whereas two-thirds are in relative poverty. The likelihood, means, and consequences of closing this gap provide the central foci of world development studies. Since this social transformation affects all aspects of human existence, all of the social science disciplines devote important efforts to understanding it.

Issues Central to World Development Studies. How did the world distribution of income and wealth become so unequal, and will or must it stay that way?

Career Outlook

Though the minor is not intended as a complete career preparation, it certainly serves as an introduction to a growing career field. There are tens of thousands of development professionals working for governments, the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, a multitude of non-governmental organizations, development banks, universities, and private companies around the world. The minor enables the student to discover a major field of employment as well as scholarly activity.


All choices must be approved by a faculty adviser, who should be contacted as soon as a student decides to take the minor. Courses with at least three different departmental prefixes must be included in each student's program.  With an adviser's approval, substitutions are possible.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Historical Background Units
Units selected from the following: 3
AFRS 302 Black Diaspora  
HIST 400 Modern European Imperialism
RAZA/S S 501
Latin America: The National Period
S S/I R/
PLSI 520
Modernization and Third World Countries
The Global Development Era: Theory and Practice
Units selected from the following: 3-4
ECON 620 Economic Development  
I R/S S 540 The Rich and the Poor Nations (4)
Development and the Environment
Units selected from the following: 3-4
ECON 550 Environmental Economics  
GEOG 402 The Climatic Challenge
GEOG 427 Agriculture and Food Supply
I R 331 Global Environmental Crisis (4)
SOC 483 Global Sociology (4)
SOC 484 Population and Social Dynamics (4)
S S/I R 560 Energy in Global Perspective
Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Perspectives
Units selected from the following: 3-4
AFRS 335 Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis  
ANTH 321 Endangered Cultures
RAZA 410 La Raza Women
S S/I R 544 Women in the World (4)
SOC 461 Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons (4)
WOMS 531 Women and International Development
Regional Comparisons
Units selected on two different regions from the following: 6-8
AFRS 301 Africa in Global Perspective  
ANTH 315 Peoples and Cultures of Central America
GEOG 571 Geography of Africa
GEOG 572 Geography of Latin America
HIST 520 Central America and the Caribbean
HIST 611 Modern Africa
I R/PLSI 321 Development and Foreign Policy—Africa (4)
I R/PLSI 322 Latin American Policy Analysis (4)
I R 324 Middle East: Heartland (4)
PLSI 412 South Asian Politics (4)
PLSI 416 Ethnicity and Nationalism (4)
RAZA 460 Central Americans of the United States: History and Heritage
S S/HIST 550 Social Change in Modern Latin America
Units selected on advisement from the following, or from courses in the above categories not chosen to fulfill a requirement within student's program. 3-4
ANTH 320 Racism: Cross-cultural Analysis  
ANTH 585 Multinational Corporations and World Cultures  
ART 508 African Art History  
ECON 600 International Economics  
GEOG 425 Economic Geography  
HIST 524 History of Mexico  
HIST 528 History of Brazil  
HIST 571 History of Modern China  
HIST 578 History of Japan  
I R/PLSI 325 Chinese Foreign Policy: Domestic and Foreign (4)  
I R 326 South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations (4)  
I R 334 International Organizations: New World Order (4)  
I R 446 The Multinational Corporation in World Affairs (4)  
PSY 455 Cross-cultural Perspectives in Psychology  
RAZA 376 History of La Raza in the United States  
S S 510 Socio-cultural Change: An Inter-disciplinary Analysis  
CINE 308 Third World Cinema  
HUM 520 North and South American Cultural Expression  
HUM 540 Styles of Chinese Cultural Expression  
IBUS 591 Doing Business in Latin America  
IBUS 592 Doing Business in Greater China  
NEXA 392 Nature, Culture, and Technology  
Holistic Perspective: Special Study
A one-unit special study from the student's adviser's home department (ANTH 699, ECON 699, etc.) 1
Total for minor 22-28

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