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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Development Studies at AUC (Graduate)

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School of Business
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Development Studies is a rapidly growing area of study concerned with the long-term social, political and economic changes taking place in the Global South.  The field is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary within the social sciences, drawing on the perspectives of anthropology, economics, gender and women’s studies, political science, public policy and administration, and sociology in order to understand the complexities of poverty and inequality, population growth, political economy, globalization, international division of labor, structural adjustment, war and human rights, democratization, civil society and NGOs, social justice, and sustainable and alternative forms of development.

Examining questions of development in the Middle East and Africa, in particular, and the Global South more broadly is an AUC strength.  Several departments and research centers at AUC offer students opportunities to pursue advanced degrees and to participate in collaborative applied projects and scholarly research in development studies.

Graduate Programs:

  • Economics in International Development (MA and graduate diploma)
  • Gender and Women’s Studies (MA and graduate diploma)
  • Gender and Development in the Middle East/North Africa Track
  • Migration and Refugee Studies (MA and graduate diploma)
  • Political Science (MA and graduate diploma)
  • Professional Development Specialization
  • Public Policy and Administration (MPPA and graduate diploma)
  • Sociology-Anthropology (MA)

Research Centers:

  • The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Desert Development Center
  • Migration and Refugee Studies Center
  • John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
  • Social Research Center


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