World Development Studies
Lam Family College of Business
Dean: Dr. Eugene Sivadas
World Development Studies Program
HSS Building, Room 140
Coordinator: Anoshua Chaudhuri, Professor of Economics
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 than men?
- Are industrialization and environmental health compatible?
- Is economic development necessarily associated with democracy?
- What does global change do to existing cultures and psyches?
Though the minor is not intended as 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.
Sanjoy Banerjee (1990), Professor in International Relations. Ph.D. Yale University.
Anoshua Chaudhuri (2003), Professor in Economics. Ph.D. University of Washington.
Amita Shastri (1989), Professor in Political Science. M.Phil. University of Delhi; Ph.D. Jawaharlal Nehru University.
World Development Studies Minor — 22 – 28 units
All courses must be approved by a faculty advisor, who should be contacted as soon as a student decides to declare the minor. All student's program must include courses with at least three different departmental prefixes. Substitutions are possible with an advisor's approval.
All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Historical Background (3-4 units)
|AFRS 302||Black Diaspora||3|
|HIST 358/ANTH 501/LTNS 501||Latin America: The National Period||3|
|HIST 398||History of Modern European Imperialism||3|
|I R 520||Globalization and Development||4|
The Global Development Era (3 – 4 units)
|ECON 620||Economic Development||3|
|I R 540||Rich and Poor Nations: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism||4|
Development and the Environment (3 – 4 units)
|ECON 550||Environmental Economics||3|
|GEOG 427||Agriculture and Food Supply||4|
|I R 331||Global Environmental Crisis||4|
|SOC 483||Global Sociology||4|
|SOC 484||Population and Social Dynamics||4|
Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Perspectives (3 – 4 units)
|AFRS 335||The Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis||3|
|ANTH 321||Endangered Cultures||3|
|I R/PLSI 544||Women in the World||4|
|LTNS 350||Gender and Latina/x Feminisms||3|
|SOC 461||Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons||4|
Regional Comparisons (6 – 8 units)
Select two different regions:
|AFRS 301||Africa in Global Perspective||3|
|ANTH 315||Regional Ethnography||3|
|HIST 356||Social Change in Modern Latin America||3|
|HIST 359||Central America and the Caribbean||3|
|HIST 368||Modern Africa||3|
|I R/PLSI 321||Development and Foreign Policy: Africa||4|
|I R/PLSI 322||Latin American Policy Analysis||4|
|I R 324||Middle East and North Africa in International Relations||4|
|LTNS 460||Central Americans of the U.S.: History and Heritage||3|
|PLSI/I R 412||South Asian Politics||4|
|PLSI/I R 416||Ethnicity and Nationalism||4|
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 320||Racism: Cross-Cultural Analysis||3|
|ANTH/CST 585||Globalization and World Cultures||3|
|CINE 308||Third Cinema||3|
|GEOG 425||Economic Geography||3|
|HIST 353||History of Mexico||3|
|HIST 354||History of Brazil||3|
|HIST 362||History of Modern China||3|
|HIST 365||History of Japan||3|
|IBUS 591||Doing Business in Latin America||3|
|IBUS 592||Doing Business in Greater China||3|
|I R/PLSI 325||Chinese Foreign Policy||4|
|I R 326||South and Southeast Asia Foreign Relations||4|
|I R 334||International Organizations: New World Order||4|
|I R 446||The Multinational Corporation in World Affairs||4|
|LTNS/HIST 278||History of Latinos in the U.S.||3|
|PSY 455||Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Psychology||3|
Holistic Perspective: Special Study (1 unit)
A special study from the student's advisor's home department (ANTH 699, ECON 699, etc.)