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About the Interdisciplinary Minor

All graduate students at MU, regardless of department, are eligible to work toward the Interdisciplinary Minor in International Development. Once complete, the minor will be recorded on the MU transcript.

Interested students should contact Corinne Valdivia, PhD, director of the minor and research associate professor of agricultural economics.

Plan of Study

The requirements for acceptance and completion of work for the minor are as follows:

  1. The student must be enrolled as a master’s or PhD candidate in good standing at MU.
  2. A formal request to be included in the minor must be made in advance of taking courses, to the director, Associate Professor Corinne Valdivia, 210 Mumford Hall. This request should be approved by the student’s advisor. A copy will be sent to the Graduate School.
  3. Once the student is admitted to the minor, s/he should seek advisement from the director and his/her advisor concerning which courses to take. Effective Fall 2005 the plan of study must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than the semester before graduation.
  4. The student must satisfactorily complete a total of twelve credit hours in courses dealing with Third World Development. At least six of the twelve hours must be taken in at least two departments outside the student’s home department.
  5. Foreign language courses are not required, but students who are not fluent in a second language are strongly encouraged to take intensive language courses to develop competency. Credit or language courses does not count toward the twelve hours of credit required for the minor.
  6. When the required twelve hours of credit are completed from approved courses, the student’s advisor should inform the director, who will in turn inform the policy committee which governs the operation of the minor. This should be done in advance of the student’s orals to give members of the policy committee an opportunity to sit in on the examining committee if they so desire.
  7. The certificate is only awarded after all departmental and Graduate School requirements for the advanced degree have been satisfied. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is required for the twelve hours within the minor.

Qualifying Courses

Students enrolled in the minor should check with the director to determine what courses they should take. Credit cannot be given for courses not on this list without approval by the director.

  • AG EC 8430 International Agricultural Development Policy (3)
  • ECONOM 7325 The International Monetary System (3)
  • ECONOM 7326 Economics of International Trade (3)
  • ECONOM 7360 Economic Development (Requisite: Econ 7351) (3)
  • ECONOM 9460 Development Economics (3)
  • ED 9459 International Education and National Development (3)
  • HIST 8445 Readings in World Environmental History (3)
  • JOURN 7658 International Journalism (2)
  • JOURN 7656 International News Media System (3)
  • POL SC 7640 African Politics (3)
  • POL SC 9610 Latin American Politics (3)
  • POL SC 9790 Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
  • PUB AF 8630 Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context (3)
  • RU SOC 8287 Seminar in Social and Economic Development (3)
  • RU SOC 7335 Social Change and Trends (3)
  • RU SOC 7445 Seminar in Issues of Agriculture and Natural Resources (3)
  • RU SOC 9480 Quantitative Applications in Community Research (3)
  • SOC WK 7455 Latino/a Immigrants and Receiving Communities (3)
  • SOCIOL 7230 Women, Development and Globalization (also W&GST 7230) (3)
  • TAM 9150 International Trade in Textiles and Apparel (3)
  • ANTHRO 7300 Comparative Social Organization (3)
  • ANTHRO 7320 Ecological and Environmental Anthropology (3)
  • Selected Departments 7085/8085 Problems (1-3)
  • Selected Departments 7001/8001 Advanced Topics

Courses may be added or deleted from time to time. All courses are not necessarily offered every year.

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