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Development Studies

Development Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration whose 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. The Development Studies concentration will only accept new declarations through the class of 2023. Students in any class year can learn more about the new concentration in International and Public Affairs: Development Track.


The Development Studies concentration will be available to students graduating through the class of 2023.

10 Courses + Language + Capstone

All core courses must be taken prior to senior year
Choose TWO from the following:2
Globalization and Social Conflict
Politics, Markets and States in Developing Countries
Anthropology and Global Social Problems: Environment, Development, and Governance
Seminar in Sociology of Development1
Sophomore Seminar in Sociology of Development (Pre-requisites: sophomore or junior standing, and completion of SOC 1620, POLS 1240, or ANTH 0110)
Development Economics - Choose ONE of the following: (ECON 0510 for students with little to no Econ background, ECON 1510 for students with strong Econ backgrounds or double-concentrating in Econ)1
Development and the International Economy (Prerequisite: ECON 0110 , or AP Microeconomics 4 and AP Macroeconomics 4, or IB HL Economics 6)
Economic Development (Prerequisite: ECON 1110 or ECON 1130; and APMA 1650 or ECON 1620 or ECON 1630)
Research Methods and Design1
Methods in Development Research (junior year)
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 or by special approval.
Foreign Language
Equivalent of three full years of university study 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.

 See the Development Studies website for the list of pre-approved elective courses.