International Development and Social Change

The International Development and Social Change (IDSC) major is part of the Department of International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) that also offers master's degrees in Community Development and Planning (CDP), Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P), Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (GISDE), as well as International Development and Social Change (IDSC).

Created over 30 years ago, Clark University's major in International Development and Social Change is one of the oldest and most distinguished liberal arts programs in this field. This major will enable you to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics transforming our world. Working with faculty with Ph.D. degrees in anthropology, education, political science, history, to economics, students acquire a broad analytic background in the social sciences. Not simply thinkers, IDSC students become doers prepared to tackle the challenges of global inequity and injustice in the 21st century.

Since World War II, the field of international development has been one of the driving forces shaping contemporary power and politics. In the IDSC major, you will learn from people who are actively engaged in vital world issues such as: global social movements, corporate power, race and nationalism, health disparities, social justice, education, human rights, refugees and migration, among many other topics.