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Degrees Offered

Why Study Development Sociology?

In order to alleviate poverty and improve the human condition, we have to understand how the dynamics and structure of society influence the systems that make up our world. Whether in the realm of agriculture, ecosystems, or the economy - development sociology uses interdisciplinary social science to identify the causes, effects, and impacts of social change on global development. 

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 the ability to 

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Think critically
  • Work across disciplines in the social and natural sciences
  • Identify problems and assess solutions to critical development issues
  • Gain a domestic and global perspective

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