World Development Studies
World Development Studies Program
Director: Phil King
Professors: Banerjee, Barbosa, Moss, Oñate, Shastri, Yansane
Associate Professors: Keith, King, Quesada
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?
- Can economic development occur in a non-Western way?
- What is the role of grassroots organizations and movements in social change?
- In development strategy, how much market and how much planning?
- How does the development process impact women differently from men?
- Are industrialization and environmental health compatible?
- Is economic development necessarily associated with democracy?
- What does global change do to existing cultures and psyches?
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.
Minor in World Development Studies
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.
Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.
Minor in World Development Studies
|Historical Background: Units selected from the following:||3|
|AFRS 302||Black Diaspora|
|HIST 400||Modern European Imperialism|
S S 501
|Latin America: The National Period|
|S S 520/
I R 520
|Globalization and Development|
|The Global Development Era: Theory and Practice Units selected from the following:||3-4|
|ECON 620||Economic Development|
|I R 540/
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 427||Agriculture and Food Supply (4)|
|I R 331||Global Environmental Crisis (4)|
|SOC 483||Global Sociology (4)|
|SOC 484||Population and Social Dynamics (4)|
|Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Perspectives Units selected from the following:||3-4|
|AFRS 335||Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis|
|ANTH 321||Endangered Cultures|
|LTNS 410||Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os|
|S S 544/
I R 544
|Women in the World (4)|
|SOC 461||Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons (4)|
|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 572||Geography of Latin America|
|HIST 520||Central America and the Caribbean|
|HIST 611||Modern Africa|
|I R 321/
|Development and Foreign PolicyAfrica (4)|
|I R 322/
|Latin American Policy Analysis (4)|
|I R 324||Middle East and North Africa in International Relations (4)|
I R 412
|South Asian Politics (4)|
I R 416
|Ethnicity and Nationalism (4)|
|LTNS 460||Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage|
|S S 550/
|Social Change in Modern Latin America|
|Electives: 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|
|Racism: Cross-cultural Analysis|
|Multinational Corporations and World Cultures|
|ART 508||African Art History|
|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 325/
|Chinese Foreign Policy (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|
|History of Latinos in the U.S.|
|CINE 308||Third Cinema|
|HUM 520||North and South American Cultural Expression|
|IBUS 591||Doing Business in Latin America|
|IBUS 592||Doing Business in Greater China|
|Holistic Perspective: Special Study A 1 unit special study from the student's adviser's home department (ANTH 699, ECON 699, etc.)||1|
Total for minor 22-28