The Major in Global Development Studies requires 30 total credits plus two prerequisite courses and language competency as defined below.
PRE-REQUISITES (6 CREDITS)
- ECON 2010 or 2020
- One “area” course relevant to the student’s topical or geographic interest. This area course can come from any department. Its purpose is to give the student background on a geographic area to be pursued as a research project within the major. Geographic areas can be relatively broadly or narrowly defined (“Latin America” is a relatively broad category, “Cuba” is much narrower).
CORE COURSES (12 CREDITS)
- GDS 3010-3020, Global Development, Theories and Case Studies (6 credits)
- GDS 3010 is to be taken in the first semester of the student's third year; GDS 3020 can be taken in second semester of the student’s third year or in the first semester of the student's fourth year.
- This two-semester sequence focuses on theories and case studies illustrating different approaches to global development.
- GDS 3100, Development on the Ground (3 credits)
- To be taken in the first semester of the student’s third year
- Focuses on the practical, political and ethical issues that face development workers as they engage communities “on the ground” or “in the field.”
- GDS 4991, Fourth-year Seminar (3 credits)
- To be taken in the second semester of the student’s fourth year.
- Each student will complete a major research paper.
ELECTIVE COURSES (18 CREDITS)
- Electives will be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor, who will help the student put together a suite of courses that will culminate in a research paper prepared for GDS 4991
- Courses must at the 3000 level or higher.
LANGUAGE COMPETENCY (one of the below options)
- One (1) course beyond the 2020 level of any language taught at UVA (or in an approved study-abroad program)
- If a student has reached the 2020 level in one language but does not want to go further with that language, the student can satisfy the requirement by studying a second language and reaching the 1020 level.