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Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences

Development Studies

Development Studies focus on the political, economic, social and environmental conditions and processes in the developing world. The program will highlight how these processes are influenced by space and how space is in turn influenced by the increased interconnectivity of the global political-economic system. This program will also help students develop a critical knowledge of the influence of development on the daily lives of people in various geographic settings. Students interested in a career in the foreign service, international business or non-governmental organizations would be well prepared from courses focusing on development.

Advising Faculty Members: Acheson, Zhou


Courses Suggested:

  • GEOG 300 Population Geography
  • GEOG 301 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 401 Geography of Development
  • GEOG 406 Political Geography
  • ANTH 334 Origins of Agriculture
  • POLS 351 Eastern European Political Systems in Transition
  • GEOG 451 Topics in Geography (Development Studies Focus)

These courses are only suggestive. Faculty members may tailor the selection of courses to the need and background of individual students. The department also suggests the inclusion of courses from other departments or from a formal minor as part of the requirements of this AOS.

To declare an AOS, you must fill out the AOS agreement form (which can be found on the forms page), obtain the required signatures and turn it in to the department secretary.

Note: All general education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as well as the 36 hour requirement for a major in Geography must be completed separate of the AOS. Courses in the AOS may not be substituted for these courses.

Other areas of study suggested while pursuing this AOS: Urban Studies, Cultural Geography, Globalization Studies

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