About the Global Development Studies Major
Global Development Studies is an interdisciplinary, pre-professional program that combines liberal arts classes in global issues with applied learning from courses in business, health sciences, theology, and economics. You will understand challenges for society and the means to resolve them at both the local and global levels from a Christian perspective.
The Global Development Studies major prepares you for vocations in global development through applied skills training and direct, cross-cultural experiences including an internship experience supervised by a faculty advisor.
Global Development students are required to take a total of 75 credits, including a global development core of 59 credits plus 8 credits focused on development issues and 8 credits that emphasize cross-cultural issues.
Sample Job Titles
- Community Development Specialist
- Foreign Service Officer
- Global Health Specialist
- Language/Culture Teacher
Possible Job Settings
- Government Agencies
- Global Health Organizations
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Relief Agencies
- United Nations
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Global Development Graduate Profile – Class of 2018
Average Starting Salary: $35,228
Employment & Graduate School Rate: 95% (12 mo.)
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All Global Development Studies majors complete a hands-on internship focused on nonprofit or social-venture work.
In addition to the required internship for Global Development majors, students may elect to gain even more real-world experience through additional jobs and internships. SPU's Center for Career and Calling offers online internship resources. Students and employers also use SPU's internship and job posting system, Handshake, which is updated weekly.