International Development Studies

The International Development Studies Program includes an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate available to CSU students enrolled in any college or department. The program prepares students to engage in an increasingly interdependent world and think critically about global issues, poverty, and the processes of transformation and change.

Courses and faculty are from multiple departments providing a truly interdisciplinary learning experience. A required common course provides a foundation for theories, applications, and the impacts of development. Electives offer students the opportunity to focus on their own areas of interest.

Undergraduate Minor

The international development studies interdisciplinary undergraduate minor is a 21-credit program that introduces students to international development through a variety of approaches and practices. Students will think critically and through multiple disciplinary lenses about the processes of material and cultural change in resource poor communities around the globe.

Students graduating with a minor in international development studies will be better prepared to enter the Peace Corps or graduate school, work for non-profit, governmental development organizations or in international business.

Graduate Certificate

The international development studies interdisciplinary graduate certificate is a 12-credit program that exposes students to a variety of approaches and practices within international development. Students take a common course to learn theory, assumptions and values, applications, and the impact of development. Electives challenge students to examine development practices from disciplinary perspectives outside of their primary department and enhance problems solving and critical thinking skills. Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at CSU to be eligible for the certificate.

Faculty Council

Steve Leisz, Anthropology

Suzanne Kent, Anthropology

Alexandra Bernasek, Economics

Brittney Sly, Food Science

Andrew Seidl, Agricultural and Resource EconomicsĀ 

Faculty members interested in learning more about the International Development Studies Board should contact Shauna DeLuca.


To make an appointment to enroll in the international development studies minor or graduate program, contact:

Diana Galliano
+1 (970) 491-3323

Mailing Address:
1024 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1024