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International Development

International development, as a field of study, is relatively new. It emerged from critiques of post-World War II programs designed to alleviate poverty and promote economic, democratic and social development in second and third world countries after independence. It is a social science that embraces the theory and practice of improving the quality of life of people in the developing world. International development studies promote a cross-disciplinary understanding of economics, sociology, law, political science, anthropology and language, among others. Students of the international development program graduate with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary global issues, especially as they pertain to the developing world.

The IDEV major and minors closed to new entrants in March 2018.  New International Development major and minor tracks are available in Political Science, please see: