In an increasingly interconnected world, the field of international development requires leaders and managers to possess strong analytic skills, an understanding of the importance of local context and culture, and the ability to connect local issues to national and global developments. The challenges of global sustainable development include poverty, the burden of disease, building stable social and political institutions, and, increasingly, climate change and ecosystem vulnerability. Addressing these challenges requires training that is analytically rigorous, but cross-disciplinary and attentive to specific contexts.
The Evans School concentration in international development prepares students to work as development managers and analysts to address issues of global poverty, economic development, environmental policy and management, and human rights and civil society development. The concentration includes classes in development management, rural development, environmental and water/sanitation economics, development finance, and monitoring and evaluation.
Many Evans School students interested in international development will choose to pursue the International Development Program Option, which outlines a specific set of required and recommended courses and provides students an opportunity to have International Development noted directly on their transcript.
Sample courses include:
- Development Management and Governance (PUBPOL 531)
- Economics of International Development (PUBPOL 533)
- Food and Agricultural Policy in Developing Countries (PUBPOL 534)
- American Foreign Policy (PUBPOL 535)
- Development Practice: Financial Inclusion and Poverty Reduction (PUBPOL 537)
- Diagnosing and Reforming Corrupt Systems (PUBPOL 537)
- International Organizations and Ocean Management (PUBPOL 538)
- Values in International Development (PUBPOL 539)
- African Development Challenges (PUBPOL 540)
- The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in International Development (PUBPOL 541)