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Development Studies

The Development Studies major is intended to introduce students to historical, economic, political, geographical, social and cultural explanations of underdevelopment and modernization in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Factors internal to the regions of the world undergoing development are studied, as is the influence of international economic and political forces and institutions.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree are required to complete a minimum of two years of foreign language study in a language appropriate to the chosen specialization.

Coursework completed at OSU or abroad and/or appropriate placement test results can document this.

Those choosing to complete the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minor in one of the following areas:

  • Agribusiness
  • Business
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Global Public Health
  • Information Security
  • International Business
  • Quantitative Economics

Brochures for the Development Studies major

For students admitted to OSU Autumn 2023 and after



For students admitted to OSU Autumn 2022 through Summer 2023



For students admitted to OSU Summer 2022 and before



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