Global Development Studies

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An interdisciplinary program with a focus on social justice, sustainable economic development, public health, global interconnection, and public service

Global Development Studies

Global Development Studies is an undergraduate program that hosts two majors, a major in Global Development Studies (GDS) and a major in Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health (GPH). The GPH concentration is jointly administered by the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and the Global Development Studies program.


We congratulate fourth-year Katherine Connolly (Drama/GDS), who has received an Ingrassia Family Echols Scholars Research Grant for her interdisciplinary performance project focusing on the War in Afghanistan.  This project will include a presentation of a one-act play as part of a series of reflections on the past 11 years of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan.  The goal of the evening is to generate discussion of the implications of the coming disengagement as well as reflection on the impact of the war on our lives.  Look for the production in April and check back for more updates, or contact Katherine at for more information.

About Global Development Studies

The Global Development Studies (GDS) core curriculum includes:

  • A two-semester seminar analyzing theories of global development illustrated by relevant case studies
  • A course in fieldwork methods and ethics
  • A fourth-year seminar, during which students will write a research paper on a topic of their choice.

Combining theory, methods, and case studies, the GDS major will equip students to be constructively critical of development projects from a variety of intellectual and cultural perspectives. We will ask both what kinds of development projects work, and what do people in different places want from development.

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Richard Handler
Director of Global Development Studies Program

(434) 982-2166

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