Development Studies

Eleanor Townsley, Nexus director

Catherine Corson, track chair

Holly Hanson, track chair

217G Dwight Hall

Overview and Contact Information

Sustainable development implies use of natural resources and organization of economic activity in ways that can be maintained indefinitely. In order for development to be sustainable, all regions of the world and all social classes must have political and economic agency. This recognizes that as people meet the needs (including social, political, cultural, economic, and health) of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to also meet their needs, they do so through fair and equitable processes of production, distribution, and consumption.

For the Development Studies Nexus, students devise their own plan in consultation with the track chair and must seek advance approval from the chair.

See Also


This area of study is administered by the following Nexus track chairs:

Holly Hanson, Professor of History, Teaching Spring Only

Catherine Corson, Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Center for the Environment

Requirements for the Nexus

A minimum of 18 credits:

Three courses above the 100 level chosen from the list of courses approved for this Nexus12
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus4
Completion of the UAF application stages 1 and 2 1
A substantive internship
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education 2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18

Or a fifth class with approval of the track chair

Additional Specifications

  • Each student will choose a set of courses that relate to her particular interests in the field of development. The approved courses are focused on development related issues, but other courses could also count for the Nexus. Interested students should consult with Professor Hanson
  • The sequence of a Nexus is part of what makes it unique. UAF application stages 1 and 2 must be completed before the internship or research project. COLL-211 is taken after the internship or research project and culminates in a presentation at LEAP Symposium.

Courses Counting toward the Nexus

Africana Studies
AFCNA-321Politics of Decolonization 4
ANTHR-216HRSpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Anthropology and Human Rights: Between Devil's Advocate and Rights Advocacy' 4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education 2
Critical Social Thought
CST-208Global Movements: Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas 4
CST-256Rethinking (Under)Development in Latin America 4
ECON-213Economic Development: A Survey 4
ECON-225Economics of Health Care and Health Service Organizations 4
ECON-314Economic Development in the Age of Contested Globalization 4
Environmental Studies
ENVST-210Political Ecology 4
ENVST-315Research, Ethics and Policy in Environmental Studies 4
ENVST-337Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Environment and Development 4
ENVST-341Science and Power in Environmental Governance 4
GEOG-204Human Dimensions of Environmental Change 4
GEOG-208Global Movements: Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas 4
GEOG-217The African Environments 4
GEOG-313Third World Development 4
GEOG-319Africa: Problems and Prospects 4
HIST-214History of Global Inequality 4
HIST-296AFWomen in History: 'African Women: Food and Power' 4
International Relations
IR-237International Human Rights 4
POLIT-373The Politics of Transformation in China and India 4
SOCI-240Collective Behavior and Social Movements 4