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International Development Focus

This International Studies focus provides students with insights and tools to become practitioners, policymakers, analysts, and future scholars in the arena of development studies. Students will have the opportunity to examine different perspectives on political, social, economic, and environmental challenges in comparative development processes, providing a rich, interdisciplinary focus for understanding the inherent possibilities, priorities and challenges associated with international development work. They will learn about the history and current realities of development ‘on the ground’ including official development assistance (ODA), the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), community based organizations (CBOs), states, and other stakeholders involved in implementing and responding to development agendas. Students will also study about current priorities in the international development arena including the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Students in this focus have gone on to a wide range of careers, including working in international development organizations; as policymakers and public advocacy practitioners; working in non-governmental organizations or public service; as human rights activists at domestic and international human rights organizations and within intergovernmental bodies such as various UN organizations; and working on legal issues.