Brown University
Development Studies


10 courses + language + capstone

Interdisciplinary Core (5 courses)

All CORE courses must be taken prior to the senior year. 
• Choose TWO (2) of the following disciplinary courses:

- SOC 1620 Globalization and Social Conflict

- POLS 1240 Politics, Markets and States in the Developing World
- POLS1290 The Rise of China (spring 2017 term only)
- POLS 1295 The Politics of Health and Disease  (spring 2017 term only)

- ANTH 0110 Anthropology and Global Social Problems

 Seminar in Sociology of Development (DEVL 1000/SOC 1871D)

- To be taken sophomore year. Students are strongly encouraged to have previously completed SOC 1620, POLS 1240 or ANTH 0110.

Development Economics

- ECON 0510 (for students with little to no economics background) Prerequisite: ECON 0110,  or AP Microeconomics 4 and AP Macroeconomics 4, or IB HL Economics 6 
- ECON 1510 (for students with strong economics background or double-concentrating in economics) Prerequisite: ECON 1110 or 1130; and APMA 1650 or ECON 1620 or 1630.

• Research Methods

- DEVL 1500 
This course is to be taken in the spring semester of the Junior year and is designed to both introduce students to a variety of research methodologies, as well as help them develop their thesis/capstone project proposals.

Regional/Thematic Courses (2)

Students must take two (2) courses that focus on a particular theme or specific region of the developing world. Ideally, students should concentrate on a theme or in a region of the world on which they hope to conduct their capstone project research. Should complement the student's foreign language. 

Elective Courses (3)

Students must take three (3) courses from a list of pre-approved electives or by special approval. The elective course list is updated each semester on the Development Studies Program website.

Language Requirement

All DS concentrators must pursue the study of a foreign language through the equivalent of three full years of university study. This covers advanced understanding, speaking, reading, and writing capabilities. This level of competence is necessary for students to make effective use of the language in communications required for conducting research in the language or for studying abroad in a country where that language is spoken. Whenever possible, the student’s foreign language should be spoken in the country or region of the developing world where the student has focused his or her coursework (e.g. 2 regional courses), and where he or she plans to conduct thesis/capstone research. Students must utilize the foreign language in conducting research for their thesis/capstone project or capstone seminar paper.

The language requirement is fulfilled by demonstrating advanced competency in a foreign language. If the language is offered at Brown, competency is demonstrated by achieving 600-level or higher. This can be accomplished by completing coursework through the 600 level or by a placement test. If the language is not offered at Brown, competency must be demonstrated by other means, to be determined at the discretion of the Concentration Advisor.

Senior Year Capstone: Two Options

A. Senior Thesis
a. All students are strongly encouraged to write a senior thesis. Students must apply to complete a senior thesis at the end of the Spring semester of the Junior year. The DS Concentration Advisor and DEVL 1500 Instructor will collectively determine whether the student’s project is viable. 
b. Requirements:
i. DEVL 1980: Thesis Writing Seminar, offered in the Fall of the Senior Year
ii. DEVL 1990: Independent Study under the Thesis Advisor, to be taken in the Spring of the Senior Year

B. Senior Capstone Seminar
This option is for students who did not receive approval for their thesis or who have chosen not to complete such a project. The Senior Capstone Seminar requires that the student in his or her senior year write a research paper in a WRIT-designated senior seminar. The paper must utilize one’s thematic or regional expertise and/or foreign language skills.