Global Development Studies

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For more information about this Pathway contact: Sarah Anderson.

Q: What is Global Development Studies?

Go get a glass of water from the tap to cool down. Could you do that? Good. Most people in the world can’t. Have you ever had a job where you made more than $2 a day? Good. Most people in the world have not. You don’t feel well? Then go see a doctor. Most people in the world can’t.  You want to contact some friends?  Text them on your cellphone, just as most people do around the world.  Here you will learn about the conditions of the majority of humanity in less developed countries.  Be prepared to be surprised. Click here for catalog description. 

Q: What kind of courses will I take in this Pathway?

The courses in this pathway will introduce you to the astonishing and profound traditions of the developing world such as music  (MUSC 290), the arts of the Americas, Oceania and Africa (ARTH 104), world literature (ENGL 258), religions such as Islam (RELS 202) and Hinduism and Buddhism (RELS 212), macroeconomics (ECON 102), the history of Mexico (HIST 382) and South America (HIST 381), the life of children in a changing world (CHLD 272) and the science of sustainable agriculture (PSSC 390). Click here for a full listing.

Q: Why study Global Development?

The world is undergoing rapid changes. Many people in the Arab world are risking their lives to demonstrate for democracy. Large countries such as India, China, Indonesia and Brazil are taking their rightful place on the world stage, and their challenges and concerns and give us much needed perspectives on the United States as well. Wealth distribution is highly unequal, access to basic necessities of life is not assured, and civic freedoms are irregularly enforced. Every concerned global citizen should familiarize themselves with the issues facing the developing world in order to face the globalized future with knowledge and confidence.

Q: Why get a Minor in Global Development?

Getting this Minor shows people and potential employers that you care about places beyond your own doorstep such as Asia, Africa, the Islamic world and Latin America. It provides access to understudied issues and topics, supports you in studying abroad and encourages you to engage with underserved communities on a global scale. It helps you to grasp the most urgent dimensions of the earth's unfolding environmental crises and to gain an understanding of the world's most dynamic emerging market economies.  And it is not difficult to get, just 18 units!

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