Development Policy


This concentration prepares students to confront the challenges that confront policy makers in diverse international contexts, in addressing the pressing need to raise the standard of living for their citizens. Students will identify and grapple with policy interventions aimed at narrowing the gap between developed nations and emerging markets - in economic, technological and social terms.


The past two centuries have witnessed a dramatic widening of international inequality.  In 1800 the average citizen in the richest countries of the world was approximately four times as well off as the average citizen in the poorest nation.  By 2000, that statistic had grown to forty times.  Such disparities carry significant consequences for international relations.  Employment, migration, trade and production patterns have been materially affected.  Technology has both influenced and responded to these trends.


Students wishing to receive attestation certifying the depth of their specialization in this particular area will be required to successfully complete at least four of the courses listed below or other additional courses agreed to by the student's SIA academic advisor.

Please note that this list will be reviewed from time to time depending on the available course offerings at any given time. Students should check the availability of these courses with the SIA academic advisor and the individual course instructors. Students should also determine if there are pre-requisites for enrolling in a particular course.


  1. Water and Sustainable Development — INTAF 501 (3 credits)
  2. Political Economy of Development and Growth — INTAF 504 (3 credits)
  3. Strategy, Conflict, Peace (Game Theory) — INTAF 505 (3 credits)
  4. Seminar on State-Making — PL SC 597* (3 credits)
  5. Property, Poverty and Development — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  6. Agriculture and Food Policy — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  7. Economics Challenges of Africa — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  8. Energy, International Security, and the Global Economy — INTAF 810 (3 credits) 
  9. Dynamics of International Economic Order:  Law, Politics, and Power — INTAF 815 (3 credits)
  10. War and Peace — INTAF 816 (3 credits)  
  11. The United Nations and International Law Seminar — SEM 941 (2 credits)
  12. Decision Making and Strategy in Economics — ECON 402 (3 credits)
  13. Behavioral Economics — ECON 411 (3 credits)
  14. Labor Economics and Labor Markets — ECON 412 (3 credits)
  15. Environmental Economics — ECON 428 (3 credits)
  16. Advanced International Trade Theory and Policy — ECON 433 (3 credits)
  17. International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics — ECON 434 (3 credits)
  18. The Winners and Losers from Globalization — ECON 438 (3 credits)
  19. Health Economics — ECON 445 (3 credits)
  20. Growth and Development — ECON 471 (3 credits)
  21. International Trade — ECON 507 (3 credits)
  22. Industrial Organization and Public Policy — ECON 543 (3-6 credits)
  23. Development Economics — ECON 570 (3-6 credits)
  24. International Management — MGMT 461 (3 credits)
  25. Social Entrepreneurship — ENGR 451** (3 credits)
  26. Projects in Humanitarian Engineering — EDSGN 452** (2 credits)
  27. Design for Development Communities — EDSGN 453** (1 credit)
  28. HESE Field Experience -- EDSGN 454** (.5 credit)
  29. HESE Reflection and Research Dissemination -- ENGR 455** (3 credits)

* Frequency and availability of Special Topics INTAF 597 courses will vary each semester.

** Courses are part of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) programEDSGN 452 and EDSGN 453 are only accepted as electives toward the M.I.A. degree if the student has participated in HESE. EDSGN 454 is an optional travel component to the course for .5 credits during the Maymester after successful completion of the two courses. Please note: the international experience during the Maymester semester in combination with ENGR 455 (HESE Reflection and Research Dissemination) for 3 credits can serve as a Capstone project (internship or master's paper). Students interested in the Capstone option should speak with the Director of Career Services.