Global development studies

Offered by the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Minor in Global Development Studies (GDS) aims to foster the development of critical, knowledgeable and engaged global citizens.

You will learn about the range of factors, actors and conditions that have shaped global development patterns, inequalities, and the conditions and opportunities under which these patterns and inequalities change. Interdisciplinary introductory and capstone courses are designed to enable students to integrate insights from a variety of disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The GDS Minor program formally began in September 2017. Students will begin to be able to declare the minor through My Page after completing 12 units of copursework. 


GDS 201 will be offered every year in the fall term and GDS 202 will be generally be offered in the spring term each year.  GDS 301 will be offered for the first time in 2019, and GDS 400 will be offered for the first time in Spring 2021. GDS 400 will be offered as a reading course in the Spring 2020 for those students who plan to graduate in June 2020.  Please contact the Program Director for permission to join the GDS 400 reading course in the spring term of 2020.  Field schools and other experiential learning opportunities will be developed gradually.

Contact us for more information: GDS Director/Advisor Dr. Marlea Clarke or Program Assistant  

Learn more about the program and requirements