World Development Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

World Development Studies Program
HSS 336
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 501 Latin 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 
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 
BLS 335	Black Woman: A Cultural 
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 

Regional Comparisons

Two courses on two different regions from the 
following 6-8
ANTH 315	Peoples and Cultures of Central 
ANTH 315	Peoples and Cultures of the Far 
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 
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 
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 
PLSI 406	Central American Politics (4)
PLSI 413	Comparative Communism (4)
PSY 455	Cross-Cultural Perspectives in 
SOC 471	Social Change (4)
SS 510	Socio-Cultural Change: An 
Interdisciplinary Analysis
CINE 308	Third World Cinema
HUM 515	Styles of African Cultural 
HUM 520	North and South American 
Cultural Expression
HUM 540	Styles of Chinese Cultural 
IBUS 591	Doing Business in Latin America
IBUS 592	Doing Business in China
MGMT 681	Seminar in Comparative 
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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