World Development Studies

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World Development Studies Program

Health and Social Science Building, Room 149
Coordinator: Phil King


Banerjee, Barbosa, Moss, Oñate, Shastri, Yansane

Associate Professors

Keith, King, Quesada

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?
  • Can economic development occur in a non-Western way?
  • What is the role of grassroots organizations and movements in social change?
  • In development strategy, how much market and how much planning?
  • How does the development process impact women differently from men?
  • Are industrialization and environmental health compatible?
  • Is economic development necessarily associated with democracy?
  • What does global change do to existing cultures and psyches?

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.

Minor in World Development Studies

All choices must be approved by a faculty advisor, who should be contacted as soon as a student decides to take the minor. Courses with at least three different departmental prefixes must be included in each student's program.  With an advisor's approval, substitutions are possible.

World Development Studies, Minor — 22 - 28 units

Historical Background (3 units)

Select one of the following:
AFRS 302Black Diaspora3
HIST 400History of Modern European Imperialism3
HIST/ANTH/LTNS 501Latin America: The National Period3
I R 520Globalization and Development4

The Global Development Era (3 - 4 units)

Select one of the following Theory and Practice Units:
ECON 620Economic Development3
I R 540The Rich and the Poor Nations4

Development and the Environment (3 - 4 units)

Select one of the following:
ECON 550Environmental Economics3
GEOG 427Agriculture and Food Supply4
I R 331Global Environmental Crisis4
SOC 483Global Sociology4
SOC 484Population and Social Dynamics4

Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Perspectives (3 - 4 units)

Select one of the following:;
AFRS 335The Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis3
ANTH 321Endangered Cultures3
I R/PLSI 544Women in the World4
LTNS 410Seminar on Gender and Latinas/os3
SOC 461Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons4

Regional Comparisons (6 - 8 units)

Select two different regions of the following:
AFRS 301Africa in Global Perspective3
ANTH 315Regional Ethnography3
HIST 520Central America and the Caribbean3
HIST 550Social Change in Modern Latin America3
HIST 611Modern Africa3
I R/PLSI 321Development and Foreign Policy--Africa4
I R/PLSI 322Latin American Policy Analysis4
I R 324Middle East and North Africa in International Relations4
LTNS 460Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage3
PLSI/I R 412South Asian Politics4
PLSI/I R 416Ethnicity and Nationalism4

Electives (3 - 4 units)

Select one of the following or from courses in the above categories not chosen to fulfill a requirement within student's program:
ANTH/CST 320Racism: Cross-Cultural Analysis3
ANTH/CST 585Globalization and World Cultures3
ART 508Contemporary Art in a Global Context3
CINE 308Third Cinema3
GEOG 425Economic Geography4
HIST 524History of Mexico3
HIST 528History of Brazil3
HIST 571History of Modern China3
HIST 578History of Japan3
HUM 520North and South American Cultural Expression3
IBUS 591Doing Business in Latin America3
IBUS 592Doing Business in Greater China3
I R/PLSI 325Chinese Foreign Policy4
I R 326South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations4
I R 334International Organizations: New World Order4
I R 446The Multinational Corporation in World Affairs4
LTNS/HIST 278History of Latinos in the U.S.3
PSY 455Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Psychology3

Holistic Perspective: Special Study (1 unit)

A special study from the student's advisor's home department (ANTH 699, ECON 699, etc.)