PEAK Minors

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The International Development minor is designed for students interested in development and related issues such as economic growth, poverty, globalization, culture change, and political order. Grounded in the discipline of Political Economy, this minor is an excellent field for students interested in how society organizes itself through government, the market, and non-governmental actors. As a minor program, it is a useful complement to other major and minors in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Professional Studies. Students with primary interests in this topic should consider the International Political Economy major. The minor consists of 16-17 credits, inclusive of a 1 credit Independent Study course in ATH-494 or POE-494 in which students

International Development Minor

16 - 17 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

POE-120

International Politics

3

POE-263 or
POE-299T

Introduction to Political Economy or
Poverty in Africa and Asia

4
3

POE-494 or
ATH-494

Independent Study

1

Complete 2 courses from the following:

ATH-305

Culture Change and the World System

3

POE-302

Economic Development

3

POE-351

Politics of Developing Countries

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

ATH-249

Natives of South America

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-360

Comparative Politics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

POE-376

International Economics

3

POE-380

International Political Economy

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Assist students to distinguish development from economic growth and to appreciate its conceptual and theoretical complexity. Assist students to understand the political-economic and cultural dimensions of development approaches and policies.
  • Assist students to understand development through cross-cultural comparison

NOTE: To complete the minor, students must also revise a paper written in one of the minor courses as a starred paper and submit it to all faculty members who service the minor. This non-credit requirement is to demonstrate satisfactory research and writing abilities within the minor.