Global Development Studies

Program offered
  • 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, economics and a required internship supervised by an SPU faculty advisor. You will understand challenges for society and the means to resolve them at both the local and global levels from a Christian perspective.

As a Global Development Studies major you will:

  • Develop applied skills in writing, research, analysis, program management, and statistics.
  • Understand the relationship of the Gospels to global development.
  • Grow in understanding cultures different from your own.
  • Sharpen your knowledge of current events, as well as political and economic forces that affect human well being.
  • Work with a team of students to construct a business plan for a social venture project.

Global Development Studies graduates have gone on to positions with nonprofit organizations, foundations, churches, government, and mission work overseas. 

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Global Development Studies (BA)

VIEW DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Global Development Studies major prepares you for vocations in global development through applied skills training and direct, cross-cultural experiences.

  • A minimum 75 credits are required for this major, including 42 Upper Division credits.
  • This major requires that you complete an internship appropriate to nonprofit or social-venture work.
  • Study abroad can, with advisor approval, satisfy the cross-cultural category, as long as at least two disciplines in the category are represented.

Additional competencies and requirements

Spreadsheet Competency requirement

Demonstration of spreadsheet competency is required of all students graduating with degrees in the School of Business, Government, and Economics. You can document this by passing BUS 1700 or by passing the MOS 77-420 exam. For questions regarding the Spreadsheets Competency Requirement, contact Dr. Richard Sleight at sl8@spu.edu.

New Majors Dessert attendance

Newly admitted students of majors in Business; Accounting; Economics; Global Development; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics are required to attend an orientation event typically held in February each year. Admission to the major is conditional upon attendance.

Apply to the major

Formal application and admission to the Global Development Studies major is required prior to enrollment in many upper-division courses. Admission is selective and based upon prior academic performance. You must complete the major requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major. 

To meet the minimum requirements for admission, you must:

  • Complete at least 10 credits in the Global Development Major (5 credits for transfer juniors and seniors).
  • Have at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA and 2.70 major GPA at SPU. Attainment of the minimum GPA standards does not guarantee admission as the total number of students admitted is limited by capacity.
  • Submit an online Major or Minor application December 20–January 20. SBGE does not accept major applications outside this window.

SPU students on campus

Political Science

Visit Global Development Studies on the School of Business, Government, and Economics website and see how this degree can help you achieve your goals and make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

Take off on a study abroad

Take advantage of intercultural opportunities by joining a study abroad program.