Graduate Minor in International Development


The student must satisfactorily complete a total of twelve credit hours in courses dealing with the developing world.  This is an Interdisciplinary Minor.  At least six of the twelve hours must be taken in at least two departments outside the student’s home department.

Foreign language courses are not required, but students who are not fluent in a second language are strongly encouraged to take intensive language courses to develop competency. Credit for language courses does not count toward the twelve hours of credit required for the minor.

When the required twelve hours of credit are completed from approved courses, the student’s advisor will submit the second form to the director, who will in turn sign and submit it to the Graduate School. This should be done in advance of the student’s orals to give members of the policy committee an opportunity to sit in on the examining committee if they so desire.

The minor is only awarded after all departmental and Graduate School requirements for the advanced degree have been satisfied. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is required for the twelve hours within the minor.

Preapproved course options:
AAE 7370Society, Environment and Natural Resources3
AAE 8287Seminar on Sustainable Development3
AAE 8430International Agricultural Development Policy3
AAE 8510Interdisciplinary Quantitative and Mixed Research Methods3
ECONOM 7326Economics of International Trade3
ED_LPA 9459Comparative and International Education3
JOURN 7658International Journalism3
JOURN 7656International News Media Systems3
POL_SC 9610Latin American Politics3
POL_SC 9790Seminar in Comparative Politics3
PUB_AF 8630Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context3
SOCIOL 7230Women, Development and Globalization3
ANTHRO 7300Comparative Social Organization3
Selected Departments 7085/8085 Problems1-3
Selected Departments 7001/8001 Advanced Topics

Requirements for acceptance into the minor:

The student must be enrolled as a master’s or PhD candidate in good standing at MU.

A formal request to be included in the minor must be made in advance of taking courses, to the director, Professor Corinne Valdivia, 210 Mumford Hall. This request should be approved by the student’s advisor. A copy will be sent to the Graduate School.

Once the student is admitted to the minor, they should seek advisement from the director and their advisor concerning which courses to take. The plan of study must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than the semester before graduation.