Sustainable Development Emphasis

The Sustainable Development emphasis is recommended for students who wish to study development issues and policies, as preparation for careers with businesses, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, foreign aid contractors and relief organizations involved in working in developing countries.

To complete an Sustainable Development emphasis, students must take the courses listed below in addition to the core requirements of the International Studies Major.  

Sustainable Development courses (15 credits):

To complete the Sustainable Development emphasis, students choose 5 classes from the following list:

  • Anthropology 381 Anthropology of Tourism
  • Economics 319 Economics of Least Developed Countries
  • Economics 320 Economics of the Caribbean through Service Learning
  • Environmental Studies 312 The Science of Sustainable Food
  • Environmental Studies/Philosophy 340 Climate Justice
  • History 388 Steam Power & Globalization
  • History/Environmental Studies 355 Global Environmental History
  • International Studies 308 Revolution & Development
  • International Studies 375 Sustainable Development in the Global South
  • International Studies/Geography 377 Population & Environment
  • International Studies 341 Multinational Corporations
  • Political Science/Women’s & Gender Studies/Social Justice Women, Politics, and Policy: A Global Perspective
  • Political Science 322 International Political Economy
  • Political Science/Social Justice/Environmental Studies
  • Political Science/Environmental Studies 388 Global Environmental Politics
  • Sociology 347 World Systems and Global Inequality


Elective courses (6 credits):

Students pursuing the Sustainable Development emphasis will also take an additional 6 credits of electives in International Studies, in order to complete the major’s 36 credits requirement. Additionally, students must take courses from at least four different disciplines.

Prerequisite courses

Please note some of the classes listed above have course prerequisites and minimum GPA requirements that must be fulfilled before a student is allowed to enroll into a specific class.

Please contact your International Studies advisor to explore your options, maximize the many interrelated majors and minors and to ensure that these are completed in time. The earlier you connect with your advisor, the more options you can pursue.