GSCD Program Requirements

GSCD Program Requirements Checklist

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Foreign Language Requirements

Proficiency in at least one foreign language. Proficiency may be demonstrated by completing two semesters (6 credits) of coursework beyond the intermediate level. Note that courses at the intermediate level may be used for distribution requirements. If you are already proficient in a foreign language, a proficiency test as well as two semesters (6 credits) of either a) an upper level class taught entirely in that language, or b) two semesters of a new foreign language will be required.

History/Historical Sociology Requirements

GSCD students must complete five semester courses (15 credits) in history or historical sociology. Two out of the five courses must be listed or cross-listed with the History Department. For approved historical sociology courses, see the GSCD course list.

Political Science/Political Sociology Requirements

GSCD students must complete six semester courses (18 credits) in political science or political sociology. This includes:

  1. One of the following gateway courses:
    • Introduction to Sociology (230.101)
    • Issues in International Development (230.150)
    • For gateway courses taught in the Department of Political Science, see the International Studies website.
  2. One course in international politics (IR) or global sociology. For approved global sociology courses, see the GSCD course list.
  3. Two courses in comparative politics (CP) or comparative sociology. For approved comparative sociology courses, see the GSCD course list.
  4. One course in American politics (AP) or sociology of the United States. For approved sociology of the United States courses, see the GSCD course list.
  5. Social Theory (230.313) to fulfill the Political Theory (PT) requirement.

Economics/Economic Sociology Requirements

GSCD students must complete four courses (12 credits) in economics or economic sociology, including:

  • Elements of Macroeconomics (180.101)
  • Elements of Microeconomics (180.102)

Two additional courses dealing with international economics or economic sociology. For approved economic sociology courses, see the GSCD course list.

Focus Area: Research in Global Social Change and Development

GSCD students must take the following four research-oriented courses:

  • Research Methods (230.202)
  • Introduction to Social Statistics (230.205)
  • Research Tools and Technologies for the Social Sciences (230.265)
  • Global Social Change and Development Research Practicum (230.325)

(Note: These four courses also fulfill the IS focus area requirement.)

Other Double Major Requirements

Students pursuing the GSCD program must receive a C or better in all courses counted for the double major in international studies and sociology.

Courses with more than one subfield designation (e.g. as both IR and CP) may not be double counted to fulfill both requirements.

A total of 11 courses must be taken in the Sociology Department (i.e., courses with a 230 department designation).