The department offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in development studies.  Development Studies is a well-established, interdisciplinary field of research with institutional centers at a number of major universities and several scholarly journals dedicated to its study.  The certificate provides interdisciplinary training in development studies to graduate students through a structured yet flexible program built around courses taught by CU faculty in a number of social science departments.  Because development issues such as agrarian change, labor migration, new social movements, industrial growth, urban planning, and natural resource use cut across disciplinary divides, the study of development demands interdisciplinary approaches.

Admission Requirements

Currently enrolled graduate students at CU and non-degree seeking ACCESS students with bachelor's degrees may pursue the Development Studies certificate by satisfactorily completing the four required courses.  To satisfactorily complete each course, students must earn a grade of B or higher.

Procedure for Awarding Certificates

The certificate requires the completion of twelve credits, or four courses, at least two of which should be taken in the Department of Geography.  Students may not take more than three of the four required courses in Geography.  Upon completion of the four courses, students should contact the certificate director with a copy of their unofficial CU transcript, requesting the certificate.  The program director will check to ensure that the requirements have been met.   For more information, please contact the certificate director, Jennifer Fluri.

Faculty Steering Committee

Andy Baker (Political Science), Lorraine Bayard de Volo (Women and Gender Studies), Joe Bryan (Geography), Jennifer Fluri (Geography),  Mara Goldman (Geography), Jerry Jacka (Anthropology), Emily Yeh (Geography), Yaffa Truelove (Geography)

Affiliated Faculty

Donna Goldstein (Anthropology), Kaifa Roland (Anthropology), Carla Jones (Anthropology), Jennifer Shannon (Anthropology), Max Boykoff (ENVS), Lori Hunter (Sociology), Liam Downey (Sociology), Christina Sue (Sociology),  Krister Andresson (Political Science), David Brown (Political Science), Carew Boulding (Political Science), Robert Buffington (Women and Gender Studies), Terry McCabe (Anthropology), Robert Wyrod (Women and Gender Studies/International Affairs), Peter Newton (ENVS)

Course Requirements

(1) All students must take the core Geography class in development:

  • GEOG 5632 - Development Geography

(2) All students must take one additional Geography seminar from among the

  • GEOG 5292 – Migration, Immigrant Adaptation and Development
  • GEOG 5662 – Topics in Economic Geography
  • GEOG 5732 – Population Geography
  • GEOG 5xxx – Urban Development
  • GEOG 6402 – Political Ecology

(3) & (4)
In addition, students should complete 2 additional seminars from the following
list, at least one of which should be outside of Geography.

  • GEOG 5100 – with approval from the certificate program director
  • GEOG 5292 – Migration, Immigrant Adaptation and Development
  • GEOG 5662 – Topics in Economic Geography
  • GEOG 5732 – Population Geography
  • GEOG 5xxx – Urban Development
  • GEOG 6402 – Political Ecology
  • HIST 5129 – Modern Asian History
  • HIST 5628 – Modern China
  • HIST 6019 – Readings – World History
  • ANTH 5020 – Explorations in Anthropology: Conservation and indigenous peoples
  • ANTH 5500 – Cross-Cultural Aspects of Socioeconomic Development
  • ANTH 5600 – Human ecology: cultural aspects
  • ANTH 7000 – Current Research Topics in Cultural Anthropology
    • Section 2 Human Ecology
    • Section 3 Space, Place and Capitalism
    • Section 5 National and Cultural Citizenship
    • Section 9 Ethnographies of Globalization or Ethnographies of Latin America
    • Section 12 Modernity
    • Section 13 Anthropology of neoliberalism
  • ENVS 6304 – Introduction to Food Systems Internationally
  • ENVS 6305 – Food systems solutions? Evaluation of Food System Debates
  • JOUR 6211 – Communication and International Development
  • PSCI 7022 – Seminar in Political and Economic Development
  • PSCI 7032 – Seminar: Latin American Politics
  • PSCI 7073 – Global Political Economy
  • PSCI 7132 – Seminar: Comparative Political Economy
  • PSCI 7206 - Public Policy and the Governance of Natural Resources
  • SOCY 6007 – Foundations of Environmental Sociology
  • SOCY 6012 – Population issues, problems, policies
  • SOCY 6016 – Topics in sex and gender: Gender in Globalization
  • SOCY 6017 – Inequality, Democracy and Environment
  • SOCY 7017 – Population & Environment
  • WMST 5010-3 – Feminist Methodology
  • WMST 5090-3 – Feminist Theories
  • WMST 5290 – Topics in women and gender studies
    • Sections:
      • Gender – Global Perspective
      • Global Gender Issues
      • Gender and Global human rights