International Development and Social Change

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Choosing Classes

All courses with an ID prefix (including those cross-listed with other departments) count toward the IDSC major. As an interdisciplinary major, many IDSC courses are cross-listed with other departments and programs, such as Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science (formerly known as Government), and Women's Studies. The IDSC major also counts many classes that do not have an ID prefix, but are taught by affiliate faculty and/or relate to some aspect of international development and social change.

Course offerings fluctuate from year to year, subject to faculty availability and the presence of new and visiting instructors. You should always check the IDSC course listings each semester and talk to your advisor about the classes that interest you. Please note that the list featured in the Academic Catalog is not complete; there may be ID and non ID-classes not included here that can count towards the major.

If a class outside of this interests you, you should bring a copy of the course description and/or the syllabus to discuss with your advisor whether the class makes sense for your specialization or skills development.

Please note that all study abroad classes have to be approved by your advisor prior to your departure based on academic rigor and relevance to the major/minor.

Here is a sample of courses that IDSC students have counted towards their elective core courses and their specializations:

Environmental Sustainability

BIOL 220 Population Biology
EN 120 Discovering Environmental Science
EN 171 International Perspectives on Environmental Problems and Policies
EN 180 Earth Transformed
EN 226 The Societal Analysis and Evaluation of Environmental Hazards: Theory and Methods
EN 241 Environmental Toxicology
EN 251 Limits of the Earth
EN 261 Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy
EN 276 Environmental Law
EN 282 Management of Environmental Pollutants
EN 286 Sustainability, Institutions, and Policy Making
GEOG 224 Economy and Environment
ID 112 Issues in Sustainable Development
ID 155 The Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
ID 170 Ecology and Economy in the Tropics
ID 174 Globalization, Environment and Justice
ID 204 Watershed Ecology
ID 211 African Environments and Geographical Implications
ID 218 Physical Environment and Development
ID 218 Physical Environment and Development Seminar
ID 229 Management of Arid Lands
ID 232 Population, Environment, and Development
ID 280 Urban Ecology
ID 284 Environment and Development in the Middle East and North Africa
ID 294 Participation and Environmental Management
ID269/IDCE 30269/WS 269 Raced Nature, Gendered Development: The Political Economy of Environmental Conservation
MGMT 252 Corporate Environmental Management
SOC 205 Sociology of the Environment

Politics of Development (Political Economy)

GOVT 179 Comparative Foreign Policy
HIST 238 US Foreign Policy
ID 107 Miracles of Asia
ID 109 International Economics: Trade and Finance
ID 126 Living in the Material World: The Political Geography of Resource Development
ID 127 Political Economy of Development
ID 182 Are We Modern Yet?
ID 213 Latin American Politics
ID 219 Developing Southern Africa
ID 225 South Asia: Economics, Geography and Culture
ID 228 Economic Development
ID 230 Africa's Development in a Global Context
ID 250 Aid and Empire
ID 258 Controlling Capitalism
ID 264 Advanced Topics in Development Theory
ID 286 Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
ID 287 Politics and Power in Third World Societies
ID 293 Advanced Topics in International Relations
SOC 107 Classic Sociological Theory
SOC 200 Class, Status and Power
SOC 265 Social Movements, Quest for Justice

Peace and Conflict

GOVT 177 Transitions to Democracy
ID 101 Introduction to Peace Studies and the Psychology of Peace
ID 117 Revolutions and Political Violence
ID 233 State Building: Middle East/The Balkans
ID 250 Aid and Empire
ID 253 Social Movements, Globalization and the State
ID 259 Religion, Identity and Violence in a Globalizing World
ID 262 Famine and Food Security
ID 266 Principles of Negotiation and Mediation
ID 291 Refugees and Forced Migration
SOC 242 Human Rights and Transitional Justice


ENG 242 Feminist Critical Theory
GEOG 237 Feminism, Nature, and Culture
GEOG 244 Gender, Work, and Space
ID 138 Gender and Environment
ID 209 Beyond Victims and Guardian Angels: Third World Women, Gender and Development
ID 277 Gender, Environment and Development
ID 285 Gender and Global Change
ID 287 Politics and Power in Third World Societies
ID 121 Culture, Health, and Development
PSYC 249 Women in Society
SOC 294 Global Ethnographies
WS 147 World Order and Globalization
WS 271 Race, Migration, Gender, and Ethnicity

Culture, participatory and community-based approaches

EDUC 271 Cultures of American Schools
GOVT 221 Urban Policy
ID 131 Local Action, Global Change
ID 204/IDCE 304 International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development
ID 206 Peasants, Rural Development and Agrarian Change
ID 232 Population, Environment and Development
ID 246 Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
ID 251 Nongovernmental Organizations: Catalysts for Development
ID 253 Social Movements, Globalization, and the State
ID 258 Controlling Capitalism
ID 263 Global AIDS: The Pandemic in Comparative Perspective
ID 280 Urban Ecology
ID 289 Advanced Development Theory
ID 294 Participation and Environmental Management
SOC 244 The Community
SOC 249 Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment


ECON 160 Introduction to Statistical Analysis
EN 247 Intermediate Computer and Quantitative Methods
EN 261 Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy
EN 266 Risk Analysis: Policy and Methods
ID 110 Introduction to Computer and Quantitative Methods
ID 131 Local Action, Global Change
ID 190 Introduction to GIS
ID 260 / EN 260 Quantitative Modeling
ID 266 Principles of Negotiation and Mediation
ID 271 Introduction to Remote Sensing
ID 273 Effects of Mass Media
ID 276 Spatial Database Development
ID 296 GIS and Local Planning