Women and International Development - BA, BS

The women1 and international development major prepares students for development careers in such contexts as NGOs, government agencies, foundations, and private development initiatives. The program emphasizes issues of justice and sustainability, women’s roles in communities and organizations, applied research, and women’s leadership in development.

With an emphasis on development practice, this major helps students use economic, social, cultural, and political structures to understand the process of development, women’s crucial roles in that process, and persistent inequities in the distribution of social and economic goods. Students will learn the context of globalization to understand how to build a just and sustainable global society with equal rights for men and women across nations and cultures.

See also: Women's Studies

This major is offered in the College for Women.


ECON 1120Economics of Social Issues4
ECON 2620Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON 3450WDevelopment Economics: Examining Poverty and Inequality4
ECON/WOST 4XXXWomen and International Development: Analysis to Practice4
POSC 3300Haves and Have-Nots4
SOCI 2200People, Stories and Images: Qualitative Social Research4
or ECON 3050 Quantitative Impact Evaluation: Applied Research Skills
WOST 2050WFoundations in Women's Studies4
Select one of the following:4
Environmental Biology with Lab
Race, Class, Gender and the Environment with Lab
Ecology with Lab
Select two of the following:8
Communicating across Cultures, Identities and Differences
International Economics: Trade and Immigration
Global Health
Women and Globalization
Cultural Anthropology
Women's Issues from Global Perspectives
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis
Total Credits44

Noncredit Seminar

This requirement is not a credit course; rather, it involves student participation in noncredit seminars related to women and international development. Students will be required to submit reflections on a total of eight seminars during the course of their major. The seminars will provide a forum through which students will connect their coursework to key issues in development practice. Seminar speakers will range from development practitioners to faculty, to seniors in the major discussing their field experiences.

Women1 and international development majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing WOST 2050W Foundations in Women's Studies. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice and any other writing intensive course).