International Development Studies*

Major preparation requirements

  • One course in economics (economic geography, microeconomics, or macroeconomics)
  • One course in statistics
  • Three courses, each of a different category, selected from:
    • Sociocultural anthropology
    • Cultural or regional geography
    • Introduction to globalization
    • Introduction to International and Area Studies
    • Contemporary history/civilization/culture of a developing region of the world
    • Comparative world politics
    • Introductory sociology
    • Introductory gender studies
    • Introduction to International Development Studies
  • Two years of a modern foreign language

Required by end of spring before transfer:

  • A minimum of six preparatory courses must be completed and a supplemental application must be submitted during the fall quarter in which you are admitted.

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*Demand for this major significantly exceeds space available.

*Students are classified as Pre-International Development Studies until they complete the preparation courses at UCLA.

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