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Economic Development Concentration

Within this concentration, students are prepared for a variety of careers working with international development agencies or governments in the developing world. This may be as an applied economist doing research and forecasting in agricultural production, population changes, trade patterns, market structures, etc., or in managing a development agency implementing, analyzing, and supervising development projects. A regional emphasis in Latin America, Asia, or Africa may be pursued. In the course of their training, students become acquainted with the principal concerns and issues faced by developing countries-what are the goals, appropriate strategies, and technologies that best fit their unique circumstances and needs? Research and field internships will be arranged with development agencies to give students work experience and exposure to job opportunities.

Required Courses

ECON - 372 Economic Development and one of

ECON - 473 Development Microeconomics or

ECON - 474 Development Macroeconomics

In addition, students are required to take eight credits from the following electives:

Elective Courses

ECON - 280 The Global Economy

ECON - 282 Economies of Modern Europe

ECON - 283 Economies of Southeast and East Asia

ECON - 285 Economies of Modern Africa

ECON - 286 Economies of Latin America

ECON - 370 International Economics

ECON - 471 International Finance

ECON - 476 Natural Resource Economics and Development Policy

ECON - 477 International Political Economy


Depending on their interests, students may select additional courses from related fields such as statistics, sociology, regional politics and history, environmental studies, or the McLaren School of Business. Students may undertake an internship (ECON 396) or complete a research project (ECON 398) in which they demonstrate mastery of development economics.