The concentration is grounded in the social sciences — anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics — but it also heavily draws from history, art, and other disciplines in the humanities. The requirements are designed with three goals in mind: first, provide concentrators a solid foundation in the question of development; second, allow concentrators to develop expertise in a specific region that is of interest to them; third, give concentrators access to a wide range of courses in a large number of disciplines of interest to them. Concentrators are encouraged to do their own original field research. During the senior year, concentrators complete a capstone experience tailored to their interests in some aspect of international development. Towards this end, they benefit from extensive faculty and peer support.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand the issue of international development
  • Experience all social science disciplines
  • Develop fluency in a second language
  • Engage in original fieldwork
  • Produce a substantial piece of original research or creative work

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2015 19  19  13 
2016 14  14 
2017 16  16  10 
2018 12  12  3
2019 18 18 7


Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Patsy Lewis