Global Development Studies Major

Global Development

You want to make a difference in the world, but the challenges seem vast. How to prepare? The Global Development Studies major at SPU will help you connect with global issues and give you the tools you need for a vocation in global development.

Degree Requirements

As a Global Development Studies major, you’ll look at the big picture through a liberal arts knowledge base, with studies in economics (development and microeconomics), theology (urban ministry, Christianity and society), and global health.

Take a look at the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for a more complete listing of what you’ll be studying.

And consider these possible career opportunities for which a major in GDS might prepare you.


All Global Development Studies majors complete a hands-on internship focused on nonprofit or social-venture work.  SPU’s Center for Career and Calling offers internship information, job search resources, and career counseling to assist students with finding and applying for internships.

Students and employers also regularly make use of SPU’s internship and job-posting system, Handshake, which is updated daily.


  • To qualify for admission to the major, you must have at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA and 2.70 GDEV Major GPA. Attainment of the minimum GPA standards does not guarantee admission as the total number of students admitted is limited by capacity.
  • You must have completed at least two courses at SPU that apply to the major. (One class for first quarter transfers.)
  • Applications are accepted online in Banner once each year between December 20 and January 20.

Faculty Contact

Bradley Murg

Assistant Professor of Political Science; Director, Global Development Studies
PhD, University of Washington

Phone: 206-281-2651
Office: SBGE Center House, 2nd floor south

SPU Campus

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