Development Studies

Development Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration whose main mission is to provide students with the knowledge, critical perspectives and skills they need to engage with the issues of economic and social development, especially as they relate to the Global South. The concentration is grounded in the social sciences – anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics – but it also heavily draws from history, art, and other disciplines in the humanities. The requirements are designed with three goals in mind: first, provide concentrators a solid foundation in the question of development; second, allow concentrators to develop expertise in a specific region that is of interest to them; third, give concentrators access to a wide range of courses in a large number of disciplines of interest to them. Concentrators are encouraged to do their own original field research. During the senior year, concentrators complete a capstone experience tailored to their interests in some aspect of international development. Towards this end, they benefit from extensive faculty and peer support.

Requirements (Graduating Before 2016)

Concentrators in Development Studies must complete a total of 11 courses based on the following general guidelines. Any course may be substituted by a similar course approved by the Deputy Director.

Sophomore Seminar in Sociology of Development (SOC 1871D)
Methods in Development Research
Thesis Writing in Development Studies
Development and the International Economy
Disciplinary Courses2
The courses must focus on different regions. Substitutions approved by the Deputy Director.
Democracy and Difference: Political Anthropology, Citizenship and Multiculturalism
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Anthropology and International Development: Ethnographic Perspectives on Poverty and Progress
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Current Global Macroeconomic Challenges
International Trade
International Finance
Economic Growth
Theory of Economic Growth
Politics, Markets and States in Developing Countries
Development in Theory and Practice
International Political Economy
Economic Development and Social Change
Comparative Development
Globalization and Social Conflict
Advanced Seminar1
An advanced senior seminar at the 1800-level or above, and related to development. If the course does not focus on the developing world, students may write a paper that expounds a linkage with development.
For example:
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
Elective Courses3
At least TWO of the three electives must focus on different regions of the developing world. Students should choose from the list of pre-approved electives, with substituions approved by the Program Advisor.
For example:
Race, Rights, Rebellion
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Colonial Latin America
Advanced competency (600 level) or above.
Senior Capstone
DEVL 1990Senior Thesis Preparation1
Students may complete a conventional senior thesis; a group project (would not qualify for honors); or a multimedia project. Must incorporate language skills.
Total Credits11

Since study abroad is a potentially important part of the concentration, the possibility of spending part or all of the junior year in a developing world country should be discussed with concentration advisors and the Office of International Programs at the earliest possible time. 

Requirements (Class of 2016 +)

10 Courses + Language + Capstone

All core courses must be taken prior to senior year
Choose TWO from the following:
Globalization and Social Conflict
Politics, Markets and States in Developing Countries
Anthropology and Global Social Problems
Seminar in Sociology of Development (Pre-requisites: sophomore or junior standing, and prior completion of SOC 1620, POLS 1240, or ANTH 0110)
Sophomore Seminar in Sociology of Development (SOC 1871D)
Development Economics (ECON 0510 for students with little economics background, 1510 for students with strong economics background or economics double concentrators)
Development and the International Economy
Economic Development
Research Methods and Design (Junior Year)
Methods in Development Research
Regional Courses2
Two courses that focus on the same region of the developing world. Should complement the student's foreign language.
Elective Courses3
Three courses chosen from a list of pre-approved electives.
Foreign Language
Advanced competency (600 level) or above.
Senior Capstone
a. Thesis option: DEVL 1980 (fall senior year) and DEVL 1990 (spring senior year), or
b. Capstone seminar option: approved senior seminar in Development Studies, with seminar-length paper requirement.