It is estimated that 10% of the world’s population (~750 million people) live on less than $2 per day, and two-thirds live on less than $10. Meanwhile, the wealthiest 1% of the world’s population owns 44% of global assets. International Development Studies is concerned not only with the staggering chasm that exists between the world’s wealthiest societies and their poorest members, but also with how we got there and, most importantly, what can be done about it.

We study inequities in resource access, livelihoods, vibrant social movements, and ongoing political and cultural transformations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Using interdisciplinary approaches that bring together insights from history, economics, geography, political science, and sociology, international development studies sheds light on the causes and solutions to global inequalities and extreme poverty. Furthermore, it reevaluates the significance of income as a measure of human well-being, bringing to light the importance of health, education, gender, and other considerations. 

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We offer a major and a certificate (starting Fall 2021) in International Development

Our faculty includes scholars specializing in a wide range of topics such as environmental and ecological change, electoral democracy, sustainable rural development, gender and sexuality, financial crises, labor migration, urban issues, and the media. Wielding degrees in Geography, Political Science, Communications, and Economics, they complement each other’s fields to provide students a truly multidisciplinary perspective. 

In addition to the diversity of courses we offer, we encourage our students to pursue study abroad and internship opportunities to broaden horizons and provide field experience. 

If you have questions about the International Development Studies major, we encourage you to contact a CUPA professional advisor or the program faculty advisor Prof. Leopoldo Rodriguez.