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Comparative International Development

PCA Description

This concentration provides students with insights and tools to become practitioners, policymakers, analysts, and future scholars in the arena of development studies. Through the various required and elective courses, students will 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 graduating with this concentration will have a foundation valuable for a wide range of experiences and careers, including: in international development organizations; as policymakers and public advocacy practitioners; working in non-governmental organizations or public service; working on legal issues; and pursuing further education in a graduate program or law school.




INTL 420        International Community Development *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 422        Aid to Developing Countries *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.



EC 390            Problems and Issues in the Developing Economies

EC 490            Economic Growth and Development

EC 491            Issues in Economic Growth & Development

GEOG 342      Geography World Economy

GEOG 341      Population and Environment

GEOG 465      Environment and Development

INTL 345        Africa Today

INTL 421        Gender and International Development *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 423        Development and the Muslim World

INTL 431        Cross-cultural Communication

INTL 442        South Asia:  Development & Social Change

INTL 444        Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia

INTL 445        Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

INTL 446        Development & Social Change in Latin America

PPPM 327       Global Leadership and Change

PPPM 432       Urban Revitalization

PPPM 422       Grant Writing

PPPM 448       Collaborative Planning & Management

PPPM 480       Managing Non‑profit Organizations *Requires PPPM 280 as a pre-requisite.

PS 420            International Organizations

PS 479            U.S. Interventions in Developing Nations

SOC 303         World Population and Social Structure

SOC 420         Political Economy

SOC 450         Sociology of Developing Areas