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. 

  • Kirtimay Pendse ’19 at UNAIDS with fellow interns and Panama's first lady

    Insight and Innovation

    Internships in the Global Development Studies (GDS) concentration can require critical and creative thought at the nerve centers of international problem-solving. 

    In summer 2017, Kirtimay Pendse ’19 interned with the Department of Program Partnerships, Donor Relations, and Innovations — a new department within the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) — at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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    GDS Becomes Student's 'Guiding Track'

    Charlie Paquette ’19 tackled his Global Development Studies (GDS) research requirement by traveling to Paris to interview policy analysts, retired French military personnel, and political activists — all of which helped to inform a summer Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) that focused on France’s war on terror in its former colony of Mali. 

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