About the International Development Studies Minor

International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the interconnected processes of social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental change taking place in low-income countries and low-income regions of wealthy countries. Coursework in the minor emphasizes a global perspective on the process of change and development, critical analysis of the role of internal and external influences on the development process, and applications to local (including Montana) situations and challenges. The IDS minor takes advantage of existing faculty expertise and courses to offer an interdisciplinary experience for those students interested in either international or domestic development work. Students minoring in IDS will develop knowledge and skills appropriate for graduate study and for working in non-governmental organizations, international and bilateral government development organizations, the U.S. Peace Corps and other national/international equivalents, and /or community-development groups. In addition, the IDS minor provides a foundation for the UM’s nationally recognized Peace Corps Prep Program.

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Alex Preis– Riding on a scooter while volunteering in Nepal teaching English

"My most useful and applicable classes for my future were through this program. I learned critical skills, such as being able to communicate across cultural boundaries, that I practically apply in my everyday life as I have been living and working in China the past two years."Alex Preis

Learn more about Alex and Hannah's stories on the Experiences page

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Hannah McDaniel– Building homes in Missoula for Habitat for Humanity

"The IDS program broadening my perspective on social justice issues aided me in my career as a non-profit communications professional and more recently, inspired my pursuit of a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Management."Hannah McDaniel