World Development Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

World Development Studies Program
HSS 269
Director: Raymond Miller


Professors--Hymans, Miller, Moss, Yansane

Associate Professors--Banerjee, Barbosa, Caulfield, Keith, King, Oñate, Shastri

Assistant Professors--Foschi, 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 home-based prefixes must be included in each student's program.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

Historical Background

One course from the following						3
BL S 302	Black Diaspora
ECON 402	Economic History of Europe
IR 392		Asia in Transition
HIST 400	Modern European Imperialism
HIST/ANTH/LARA/SS 501Latin America: The National Period
SS/IR/PLSI 520	Modernization and Third World Countries

The Global Development Era: Theory and

One course from the following					3-4
ECON 620	Economic Development
HIST 312	Capitalist Hegemony and Third World Resistance
IR/SS 540	The Rich and the Poor Nations (4)
PLSI 415	Democracy in the Third World (4)

Development and the Environment

One course from the following					3-4
ECON 550	Economics of Energy and the Environment
GEOG 402	The Climatic Challenge
GEOG 427	Agriculture and Food Supply
IR 305		Problems and Controversies in International Relations:
		World Ecological Crisis (4)
SOC 483		Global Sociology (4)
SOC 484		Population Problems (4)
SS/IR 560	Energy in Global Perspective

Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Perspectives

One course from the following					3-4
ANTH 321	Endangered Cultures
ANTH 446	Peasants in Contemporary Perspective
BLS 335		Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis
IR 305		Minorities in World Politics (4)
LARA 410	La Raza Women
PLSI 414	Ethnic Politics in a Comparative Perspective (4)
SS/IR 544	Women in the World (4)
SOC 461		Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons (4)
WOMS 531	Women and International Development

Regional Comparisons

Two courses on two different regions from the following		6-8
ANTH 315	Peoples and Cultures of Central America
ANTH 315	Peoples and Cultures of the Far East
BLS 301		Africa in Global Perspective
ECON 611	Socialist Economic Systems
GEOG 570	Regional Studies: Latin America
GEOG 570	Regional Studies: Africa
GEOG 570	Regional Studies: Far East
HIST 318	Japan and China: Comparative Modern Development
HIST 520	Central America and the Caribbean
HIST 603	History of the Middle East
HIST 611	Modern Africa
IR/PLSI 321	Development and Foreign Policy-- Africa (4)
IR/PLSI 322	Latin American Policy Analysis (4)
IR 324		Middle East: Heartland (4)
IR/SS 393/GEOG 574 Contemporary Asia
LARA 460	Central Americans of the United States: History and Heritage
PLSI 417	Government and Politics of South Asia (4)
SS/HIST 550 	Social Change in Modern Latin America


One course on advisement from the following,
or from any of the courses in the above 
categories not chosen to fulfill a require-
ment within a student's individual curriculum				3-4
ANTH 320	Racism: Cross-Cultural Analysis
ANTH 560	Economic Anthropology
ANTH 585	Multinational Corporations and World Cultures
ART 508		African Art History
ECON 600	International Economics
GEOG 425	Economic Geography
HED 370		Current Health Issues: World Health Problems
HIST 524	History of Mexico
HIST 528	History of Brazil
HIST 571	History of Modern China
HIST 578	History of Japan
IR 305		International Debt Crisis (4)
IR 305		World Economic Crisis (4)
IR/PLSI 325	Chinese Foreign Policy: Domestic and Foreign (4)
IR 326		South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations (4)
IR 334		International Organizations: New World Order (4)
IR 446		The Multinational Corporation in World Affairs (4)
LARA 376	History of La Raza in the United States
PLSI 406	Central American Politics (4)
PLSI 413	Comparative Communism (4)
PSY 455		Cross-Cultural Perspectives inPsychology
SOC 471		Social Change (4)
SS 510		Socio-Cultural Change: An Interdisciplinary Analysis
CINE 308	Third World Cinema
HUM 515		Styles of African Cultural Expression
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 China
MGMT 681	Seminar in Comparative Management
NEXA 327	Business and Culture
NEXA 392	Culture and Technology
PHIL 395	Philosophy of 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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