IDS Requirements and Courses

boat ride with excited group of students
IDS Professor Dan Spencer and the Vietnam Climate Change course 
students travel to Ca Mau National Park in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam


  • The IDS minor requires 21 credits.
  • At least twelve of these credits must come from the Core IDS courses and as many as nine credits can come from Content courses. (You can take more than four Core courses in place of some Content courses.)
  • At least seven credits must be upper-division credits.
  • No more than six Core credits and no more than six Content credits can come from the same discipline.
  • Transferred credits can count toward Content requirements but not Core. 
  • Core courses can count toward Content requirements. (DegreeWorks does not show this; IDS Director can "petitions" for you to have Core courses to count toward Content.)
Note: See Fall 2022 courses highlighted in blue below. Check with IDS Director about additional new courses.  
If any of the courses below are not listed for your IDS Minor in Degree Works, please let the IDS Director know and "petitions" will be submitted to have the courses count. 


Core Courses

(12 credits required-No more than 6 credits from any one discipline)

  • IDS191X Sustainable Development: Global Vision & Local Actions (IDS foundation course recommended for all IDS students)
  • IDS 491.50 Social and Behavior Change Communication (IDS capstone course  recommended for all IDS students as the course is designed for career preparation in the international development field) (Spring 2023)
  • ANTY 326E Indigenous People and the Ethics of Development
  • BGEN 360 International Business (Fall 2022 online)
  • BGEN 445 Sustainability Reporting 
  • COMX 204X International and Development Communication 
  • ECNS 217X Issues in Economic Development
  • ECNS 431 International Trade 
  • ECNS 450 Advanced Topics in Economic Development
  • ENST 427 Society, Economy and Environment of the Mekong Delta (Study Abroad)
  • ENST 489S Environmental Justice Issues and Solutions 
  • GPHY 141SX Geography of World Regions 
  • GPHY 338 Mountains and Society (Fall 2022)
  • HSTR 231H Modern Latin America 
  • HSTR 337 The History of Capitalism in Latin America
  • NASX 260X Indigenous Community Development in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada (Fall 2022)
  • NASX 306X Contemporary Global Issues of Indigenous People (Fall 2022)
  • NRSM 170 International Environmental Change
  • NRSM 424 Community Forestry and Conservation
  • NRSM 475 Environment & Development 
  • PSCI 322 Global Environmental Politics 
  • PSCI 327 Politics of Mexico (Study Abroad)
  • PSCI 377 Issues of Global Public Health 
  • PSCI 420 Refugees and International Relations
  • PSCI 330 Women, Migration, & Displacement 
  • PSCI 482 Politics of the World Economy(Substitute Fall 2022: PSCI 420 Political Economy of Property Rights)
  • PSCI 431 Politics of Global Migration (Fall 2022 remote/online)
  • PSCI 463 Development Administration (Fall 2022)
  • PSCI 428 Sustainable Climate Policies: China and the USA 
  • PTRM 345 Sustaining Human Societies and Natural Environment: Zambia & Botswana (Study Abroad)
  • PTRM 451Tourism and Sustainability
  • SW 465 Social Work in a Global Context

Content Courses

(9 credits required-No more than 6 from any one discipline)*

  • ANTY 220SX Culture & Society 
  • ANTY 241 Central Asian Culture and Civilization
  • ANTY 330X Peoples and Cultures of the World
  • ANTY 427 Anthropology of Gender
  • COMX 415 Intercultural Communication (Fall 2022 online)
  • COMX 421Communication and Nonprofit Organizations 
  • COMX 493 Hong Kong, Macau, & China: Communication, Culture, and Development (Study Abroad)
  • BGEN 160S Issues in Sustainability (Missoula College)(Fall 2022 online)
  • BMGT 410 Sustainable Business Practices (Fall 2022)
  • ECNS 101S Economic Way of Thinking
  • ECNS 445 Introduction to Environmental Economics and Climate Change (Fall 2022)
  • ENSC 470 Agroecology
  • ENST 225S Sustainable Communities 
  • ENST 480 Food Justice and Sustainability 
  • ENST 521 Foundation in Environmental Education (Seniors are welcome. Contact instructor for override)(Fall 2022)
  • ENST 437 Climate Change Effects and Adaptation in the Mekong Delta (Study Abroad)
  • GEO 107N Natural Disasters (Fall 2022 online)
  • GPHY 121S Introduction to Human Geography (Fall 2022)
  • GPHY 433 Community Resilience
  • GPHY 444 High Asia
  • HSTR 334 Reform and Revolution in Latin America
  • HSTR 335 Latin America: Workers and Labor
  • HSTR 435 Human Rights in Latin America
  • JRNL 105X Global Current Events 
  • NASX 475X Indian Sovereignty
  • PHL 423 Science and the Environment 
  • PSCI 220S Introduction to Comparative Government (Fall 2022)
  • PSCI 230X International Relations (Fall 2022)
  • PSCI 325 Politics of Latin America
  • PSCI 326 Politics of Africa
  • PSCI 327 Politics of Mexico (on-campus section)
  • PSCI 328 Politics of China
  • PSCI 311 Revolution and Reform in Modern China (Fall 2022)
  • PSCI 337 Model U.N.(Fall 2022)
  • PSCI 443 Politics of Social Movements 
  • PSCI 334 International Security (Fall 2022) 
  • PSCI 433 International Law & Organizations (Fall 2022)
  • SSEA 202X Introduction to India

*With permission from the IDS Director, up to 6 credits of field experience related to international development can be counted toward the content requirement.