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

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 Education2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18

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

Courses other than those listed below may count toward the Nexus. Students should consult the Nexus track chair for consideration of courses not on the list.

Africana Studies
AFCNA-243Rural Prosperity in the African Past4
AFCNA-341ECTopics in Africana Studies: 'African Informal Economy in Global Development'4
ANTHR-216HRSpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Anthropology and Human Rights: Between Devil's Advocate and Rights Advocacy'4
ANTHR-245Global Health and Humanitarianism4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
Critical Social Thought
CST-256Rethinking (Under)Development in Latin America4
ECON-213Economic Development: A Survey4
ECON-314Economic Development in the Age of Contested Globalization4
Environmental Studies
ENVST-210Political Ecology4
ENVST-242Global-Local Inequality and the Environment4
ENVST-315Research, Ethics and Policy in Environmental Studies4
ENVST-337Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Environment and Development4
ENVST-341Science and Power in Environmental Governance4
GEOG-105World Regional Geography4
GEOG-204Human Dimensions of Environmental Change4
GEOG-208Global Movements: Migrations, Refugees and Diasporas4
GEOG-217The African Environments4
GEOG-313Third World Development4
GEOG-319Africa: Problems and Prospects4
GEOG-325Conflict and Displacement in Africa4
HIST-206African Cities: Development Dreams and Nightmares in the Twentieth Century4
HIST-214History of Global Inequality4
HIST-243Rural Prosperity in the African Past4
HIST-301FHColloquium: 'Food and Hunger in the Modern World'4
HIST-301SCColloquium: 'Popular Education and Social Change in the Americas'4
HIST-341PWTopics in African History: 'Power and Exchange in the African Past'4
HIST-357History of British Capitalism4
HIST-389Agrarian America: Sugar, Cotton, Coffee, Bananas, and Wheat4
POLIT-373The Politics of Transformation in China and India4
SOCI-240Collective Behavior and Social Movements4