Students in a small group in the Grille area of the JRC.

Global Development Studies (GDS)

GDS is a concentration you can design to fit your interests in developing countries. Through an intense curriculum, including an internship or independent research in or concerning a developing country, you explore strategies for addressing global problems and development’s social and environmental implications. GDS can prepare you for graduate school or careers in international business, journalism, and policy or hands-on work for organizations worldwide in areas including health, poverty reduction, and human rights.

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    Convergence of Disciplines

    Students preparing for meaningful careers in global society gain an advantage by understanding how scientific, economic, and social issues impact their work, their service, and their futures. 

    Intro to Global Development Studies (GDS) 111 is just such an interdisciplinary exploration into globally-informed problem-solving. 

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