Degree Requirements

Program Description

This interdisciplinary program provides an overview of the field of global development studies and includes a historical analysis of the making of the inequalities at the national and international levels. Students are introduced to various theoretical ideas and intellectual traditions, current issues and empirical studies in the field of development studies from throughout the world. The global development studies program draws upon various disciplines, including, but not limited to, political science, anthropology, sociology, economics, history and philosophy in an effort to offer students a more holistic perspective of the various theories, issues, and actors related to the field.

Program Emphasis

A focus is placed upon the interdisciplinary nature of the application of global development studies. Students are encouraged to think critically about the issues related to global development studies.

Career Options

This degree prepares students to enter into academic and professional fields related to global development. Development professionals generally work in the areas of social development (e.g., human rights, education), man-made or natural disaster relief and recovery, economics, microenterprise, public health, urban planning, health, environment, urban development, and private sector development, among others. Available career tracks include working as a Development Specialist, Planner in Management Development, Educator, Researcher, Research Assistant, Program Officer, Fieldworker, Aid worker, Community Engagement Coordinator, Microloans program officer, Community Health Worker, and others. Some of the aforementioned positions may require degrees beyond the AA.

Studnet Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Recognize and discuss the various historical stages as they relate to development.
  2. Assess and apply the various theories of development.
  3. Identify and interpret the impact different measures of development may have on our understanding of “development” and “underdevelopment”.
  4. Examine and discuss contemporary regional issues in development.
  5. Analyze and discuss the impact of environmental issues, wars and natural disasters on the needs of the current population.
  6. Identify and analyze current transitions and trends in development.
  7. Articulate the application of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding development.