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
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Global Development Graduate Profile – Class of 2019

Average Starting Salary: $37,120

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

Top Hiring Companies:

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


The Global Development Studies Major requires students to complete at least 3 credits of internship in the field of global development. Through internships, students gain hands-on experience by applying their classroom knowledge to real-world development problems. The Global Development internship experience is built within the required course GDEV 4940: Global Development Internship.

Faculty Contact

Mohammad Qadam Shah

Assistant Professor of Global Development
PhD, University of Washington

Phone: 206-281-2651
Office: McKenna Hall 202

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