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Global Development Studies  Minor

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College of Liberal Arts|School of Language, Culture, and Society

“Development” refers to the expansion of economic activity, integration into global flows of information and commerce, and improvement of the quality of life. The undergraduate minor program in Global Development Studies at OSU is designed to help students understand the challenges faced by developing communities and countries, including economic inequality, poverty, health and wellness, and the sustainable use of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary and practical solutions to international development problems.

Courses address both thematic and regional dimensions of international development. Some required and elective courses may also count toward fulfillment of baccalaureate core requirements in categories such as "Contemporary Global Issues," “Cultural Diversity,” “Science, Technology and Society,” and “Social Processes and Institutions.” Courses will be offered on campus, with the potential for some instruction via Ecampus. Students will be encouraged to participate in research projects, international experiences, and applied work (e.g., internships, service learning, etc.).

Students putting together a program of study in Global Development Studies should consult their academic advisor. Students are required to take a minimum of 27 credits, as follows.


Choose 2 of the following (minimum 6 credits):
ANTH 482. *Anthropology of International Development (4)
ECON 455. *Economic Development (4)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
PS 345. *Politics of Developing Nations (4)

Regional Focus

Choose 2 courses that focus on a single region of the developing world (minimum 6 credits):
(e.g., HST 350. History of Latin America, and ANTH 313. Peoples of the World-Latin America)
ANTH 311. *Peoples of the World-North America (3)
ANTH 312. *Peoples of the World-Europe (3)
ANTH 313. *Peoples of the World-Latin America (3)
ANTH 314. *Peoples of the World-Middle East (3)
ANTH 315. *Peoples of the World-Africa (3)
ANTH 316. *Peoples of the World-South and Southeast Asia (3)
ANTH 317. *Peoples of the World-Pacific (3)
ANTH 318. *Peoples of the World-China (3)
ANTH 319. *Peoples of the World-Japan and Korea (3)
GEOG 311. *Geography of Africa (3) 
GEOG 313. *Geography of Asia (3)
GEOG 314. *Geography of Latin America (3)
HST 320. *Ancient Near East (4)
HST/REL 350. *Modern Latin America (4)
   or HST 351. *Modern Latin America (4)
HST 381, HST 382. *History of Africa (4,4)
HST 392. *Modern China and Japan (4)
PS 344. *Latin American Politics (4)
PS 346. *Middle East Politics (4)
PS 348. *Chinese Politics (4)
PS 350. *Japanese Politics (4)

Thematic/Topical Focus

Choose 4 or 5 courses from the following (minimum 15 credits):
ANTH 374. *Anthropology and Global Health (3)
ANTH 466. *Rural Anthropology (4)
ANTH 481. *Natural Resources and Community Values (3)
COMM 326. Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 440. Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management (3)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
GEOG 331. Population, Consumption, and Environment (3)
GEOG 431. Global Resources and Development (3) 
GEOG 432. *Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
H 333. *Global Public Health (3)
HDFS 447. *Families and Poverty (3)
HEST 310. *Introduction to Community Engagement and Community-Based Design (3)
HEST 411. Engineering Design for Emergency and Low-Resource Environments (3)
HEST 412. Multidisciplinary Case Studies in Humanitarian Engineering, Science and Technology (3) 
PHL/REL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PS 205. *Introduction to International Relations (4)
PS 458. *International Political Economy (4)
SOC 381. Social Dimensions of Sustainability (4)
SOC 460. The Sociology of Globalization (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)
SUS 102. *Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability (4)
WGSS 280. *Women Worldwide (3)
WGSS/ES/ANTH/WLC 373. Approaches to Social Justice (3)
WGSS 480. *Gender and Transnational Activisms (3)

Experiential, International or Service-Learning (0–3)

Highly encouraged, but not required. Students may fulfill this by taking credits in any discipline listed above involving experiential learning, international exchange, or service learning (e.g., ANTH 409. Practicum, ANTH 410. Internship). The OSU Center for Civic Engagement can also help connect students with opportunities.

Total=27 minimum


* Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Minor Code: 711

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