Global Development Studies Minor

The Capstone Seminar (IDS 392) will be taught in Fall 2021 instead of Spring 2022.
List of approved courses
Petitions can be made for courses not listed.

Contact: Email or make a zoom appointment with Eva Stotz (academic coordinator)

             DUS: Dr. Peter Little

Structure of the Global Development Studies Minor

  • 18 credit hours required, including the Global Development Studies 207 Foundations team-taught course and the 3-credit Capstone Seminar. Thus, normally, 4 courses plus the Foundations and Capstone. 
  • Students must take at least one course in two of the three divisions of the university (social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities) and can count no more than two courses from their major toward the requirements for the minor.
  • The 3-hour capstone seminar will allow the student to produce a final product for the minor.  Capstone experiences can be supervised by any appropriate faculty member or study abroad faculty member and may be carried out in a course or non-course experience, in relation to an Honor’s thesis project and research. Registration in the capstone seminar will provide a community of GDS minors and allow final development of a Global Development Studies-related product.
  • A rotating Steering Committee of four faculty members from different disciplines will provide guidance and supervision throughout the student’s progress through the Minor and will meet with students twice during the semester of their capstone experience.

Details of the Minor: Course availabilitymali

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For list of approved courses for Spring 2021.

For list of approved courses for Fall 2020.

For list of approved courses for Spring 2020.

For list of approved courses for Fall 2019.

For list of approved courses for Spring 2019.

For list of approved courses for Fall 2018.

For list of approved courses for Spring 2018.

Master list of courses for the Minor.

Checklist for Requirements of the Minor.


Introductory Foundations Course

The minor will benefit from an annual introductory course on Global Development Studies, offered through the Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society program of the Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA).   It is designed to provide the student with a good overview of the field of development studies and to highlight the particular rights-based approach to development studies that Emory emphasizes. The course will be headed by a faculty member or advanced graduate student from a participating department with a rotating team of faculty who will offer readings, discussions, and lectures around key themes during the semester.  

Capstone Experience

The Minor in Global Development Studies culminates in a capstone experience, which completes the student's work that started with the introductory course and the specialized electives related to development studies. A faculty Capstone Committee comprised of 3 faculty members will oversee the capstone experience.  An evaluative set of guidelines for assessing the student's knowledge of the field of development studies will orient the capstone experience.  The idea is that the student will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • The historical and theoretical bases of development studies.

  • A rights-based approach to development and how to apply it in particular situations.

  • Specific knowledge of at least one domain of practice in development studies: for example, gender, environmental issues, the role of markets, governance, social and cultural analyses, institutions, poverty alleviation, and other development domains.

  • General knowledge of at least region or country of the developing world.

  • The ability to integrate an interdisciplinary perspective in analyzing a development issue or problem.

Many kinds of experiential activities are possible to fulfill the capstone requirement and some may already include course credit that will count towards the Minor.  A maximum of six credits can be obtained for the capstone experience, four for an appropriate course and two for the required capstone seminar.  All six credits will go toward the requirement of 18 hours.

  • Honors project within the student's major: A student who is doing an honor's thesis in her/his major can choose an international development-related topic and then use the honor's project as the requirement for the capstone experience. Four credits of an 8-credit honors sequence can count towards the minor.

  • Projects in the Atlanta area, if a sufficient international development component.

  • Internships at corporations or non-profit organizations which work in the field of international development.

  • An independent studies project and paper on a development issue or policy with a faculty member.

  • Study abroad research projects, such as the IDN/CIPA opportunity related to international development or other study abroad activity (see Appendix C)

  • Volunteer work at an international development-related organization (for example, a non-government organization [NGO]) that is expanded into a paper or research project during the Capstone seminar.

Deadline: senior GDS minors should discuss their capstone project ideas with faculty advisors before Sept. 30 and obtain signatures on the Capstone proposal form by Oct. 15 in order to receive permission to enroll in IDS 392 Capstone Development Studies, which is offered in the spring semester.

For a summary of students' final Capstone projects for the Minor in Global Development Studies for the last two years, please click here: