International Development

This concentration prepares students to effectively frame and engage with the dynamic challenges of designing and implementing plans and public policies in regional and international settings, with particular focus on urbanization and human settlement systems. Specific topics include the interplay of development and the presence and absence of political stability, social cohesion and social movements, economic equity, environmental sustainability, the spatial concentration of economic activity, inter-industry linkages, technology transfer, sustainable development, green economic growth, Sustainable Development Goals, and cross-boundary movement of people, trade, capital, and information. Students must take two of the required courses and at least four within the concentration.

Required Courses (take at least two of these courses)
  • 34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues (F24 alt, years)
  • 34:970:644 International Economic Development (TBD)
  • 34:970:655 Global Environment (S25)
  • 34:970:645 Regional Development (Fall)
  • 34:970:643 Debates in International Development (TBD)
Recommended Courses (choose at least two of these courses, which can include the required courses you did not choose above, for a total of four courses)
  • 34:970:670 Environmental Activism and Justice (S26)
  • 34:970:XXX Community Planning and Engagement in the US and Global South (TBD)
  • 34:970:651 International Environmental Law and Policy (Spring)
Recommended Courses in other Programs
You may substitute one of these courses for one of the two recommended courses

School of Business

  • 26:553:607 Global Political Economy
  • 26:553:605 National Innovation Policies and International Business

School of Communication and Information

  • 17:194:532 Dynamics of Global Organizations

School of Management and Labor Relations

  • 38:578:555 Globalization and the Future of Employment
  • 38:578:562 Seminar in International/Comparative Labor and Employment Relations
  • 38:578:666 Asian American Workers in a Global Context
  • 38:578:535 Women and Global Labor Movements
  • 38:578:526 Immigration, Public Policy, and Worker Rights


  • 450:605:03 Critical Ethnographies of Power and Hegemony

Political Science

  • 16:790:536 International Law and the United Nations (Fall, Spring)
  • 16:790:580 Global Environmental Politics and the United Nations (Fall) (online)

Social Work

  • 19:910:545 Global Social Work and Social Development (Spring)
  • 19:910:549 Latinos: Culture, Community and Social Welfare (Spring)

Women’s Studies

  • 16:988:535 Gender and Human Rights (Spring)

Global Affairs

  • 26:475:504 International Law (Fall)
  • 26:478:541 Global Political Economy (Fall)

Urban Systems

  • 26:977:617 Urban Systems III: Globalization, International Migration, and Contemporary Cities (Fall)

Since graduate course offerings throughout the University change annually, there may be relevant courses in cognate fields (or at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs) which could be approved by a faculty coordinators for inclusion in the concentration. Students may also take a Directed Study relevant to their specific interests as one of the recommended courses.

International Development and Global Affairs at the Bloustein School

The International Development Interest Group (IDIG), was established at the Bloustein School in early 2009 and in 2010 was recognized as by the Graduate Student Association. It functions as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, as well as a platform for collaborative work around various themes and geographies of relevance in planning and policy work in low- and middle-income countries.

Rutgers Global

Rutgers Global provides Rutgers community members with the opportunities, programs, resources, and services they need to advance their global experience.

PASCAL International Observatory

Rutgers University has been designated as the new regional center for PASCAL in North America. The Rutgers PASCAL Center has as its main focus STEM learning from early childhood through college and beyond within an international framework. The Center will offer policy guidance that enhances the probability of educational and labor market success for youth and will draw from faculty and staff expertise in human and social capital development from the various schools and departments across Rutgers University.

Other Global Initiatives at Rutgers

Rutgers Global Health Institute fosters collaboration across the university and with partners beyond Rutgers to improve the health of vulnerable populations. Promotes health equity locally and around the world by working with communities to create and implement comprehensive, long-term solutions to pressing global health challenges.

Rutgers Climate Institute
Rutgers Climate Institute is a University-wide effort understand climate change.

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