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An interdisciplinary and transformative educational experience.

What is Development Sociology all about?

Development sociology is about understanding how society works in order to better tackle poverty and improve the health, income, education, and well-being of people. It's purpose-driven and community-focused: we like our work to have real world impact, and we like to work with people and communities directly. We also like to collaborate - we often borrow methods and approaches from geography, economics, and anthropology to get to the heart of issues, as well as with the natural sciences to ask big questions about how human society impacts the environment and vice versa.

Why Study Development Sociology?

Our curriculum will provide you the skills and training to diagnose, understand, and contribute to solutions in issue areas like food security, sustainable development, and climate change adaptation. Students are well prepared for diverse destinations in graduate schools and in the professional world of international development. 

As a development sociology major, you'll develop career-relevant skills in:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Critical thinking and problem diagnosis skills
  • Working across disciplines in the social and natural sciences and creating big picture solutions
  • Global perspectives and approaches to society's challenges

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What Degrees do we Offer?

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How Do Graduates Use Their Degree?

Your social science degree will provide you with a wide range of technical and analytic skills you will need to succeed in pursuits such as

  • Graduate education in social sciences, law, and medicine
  • Research in academic institutions, think tanks, and consultancies
  • Program management in non-profit organizations and government agencies
  • Business administration, entrepreneurship, and the private sector