All societies change over time, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, and sometimes the definition of what is better or worse is a matter of intense debate. Why do some societies develop while others languish? What accounts for disparities in wealth, political freedoms, and access to basic resources like food and healthcare? How do transnational factors like climate change, urbanization, and globalization affect these disparities?
Concentration objectives: The IAS concentration in Development offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding societal changes over time in areas as diverse as environment, ethics, gender, health, political economy, population, urban development, social justice, and other areas of development.
This concentration requires 36 units of coursework:
- 3 units of Research Methods coursework [any level]
- 6 units of introductory coursework from two disciplines
- 9 units of advanced coursework from the Core courses list [300-400 level]
- 15 units of advanced Development coursework from a minimum of three disciplines. IAS denominated (home-based) courses can count as an IAS course or as a course from the instructor’s home discipline to fulfill the interdisciplinary requirement.
- 3 units [any level]
NB At least six units of advanced coursework must be at the 400 level.
- Students must satisfy the foreign language requirement: the successful completion of four semesters of 1 (one) language appropriate to their concentration.
- We strongly encourage students to study abroad. For those students who do not study abroad, an additional 3 unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
- We strongly prefer students to select their study abroad locations and their regional specializations consistent with their chosen language of study (e.g., students who wish to study in Latin America must satisfy their language requirement with either Spanish or Portuguese).
- Throughout the course of completing the Development concentration, students must show depth in at least one world area by taking a minimum two courses focused on the same area, and breadth by taking a third course focused on a different area. We consider world areas to be Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and South Asia.
- All advanced credits counting for the IAS major must be unique to the IAS major.
NB A single course may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements (i.e. disciplinary or world area). Some of these requirements may be completed while abroad.
Download the Development Advising Worksheet.
Click here to view Development course offerings. If a student believes that a course is relevant to their IAS concentration, but the course does not appear on the master course list for the concentration, then the student may petition to add the course by following the instructions on this FORM. Students should consult with their IAS major advisor prior to petitioning for the course.