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Global Development Studies Major

Global Development

The Global Development Studies major in SPU's School of Business, Government, and Economics will prepare you to make a difference in the world by connecting you with global issues and giving you the tools you need for a vocation in global development.

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

  • Community Development Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Global Health Specialist
  • Language/Culture Teacher
  • Researcher

Possible Job Settings

  • Government Agencies
  • Global Health Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Relief Agencies
  • United Nations
  • See More

Global Development Graduate Profile – Class of 2017

Average Starting Salary: $43,520

Employment & Graduate School Rate: 100% (12 mo.)

Top Hiring Companies:

AmeriCorps  Real Escape from the Sex Trade       Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

Internships

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.

Faculty Contact

Bradley Murg

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

Email: murgb@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2651
Office: SBGE Center House, 2nd floor south

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