Brown University
Development Studies


10 courses + language + capstone

CORE (5 courses)

All CORE courses must be taken prior to the senior year. 


Choose TWO:

SOC 1620 Globalization and Social Conflict Fall
POLS 1440 Security, Governnance, Devl in Africa, or Fall '17
POLS 1280 Politics, Economy and Society in India, or Spr '18
POLS 1730 Politics of Globalization, or Fall '17
DEVL 1803R Bringing Small States In Spr '18
ANTH 0110 Anthropology and Global Social Problems Fall

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

DEVL 1000/SOC 1871D Seminar in Sociology of Development Spr


ECON 0510 Development in the International Community (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 Economic Development (For students with strong economics background or double-concentrating in economics)  Prerequisite: ECON 1110 or 1130; and APMA 1650 or ECON 1620 or 1630.

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.

DEVL 1500 Methods in Development Research

Spr '18


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.

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.


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.

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.