Curriculum Overview

The International Development Doctoral Program is a 54 credit hour program. The 54 hours are broken into 42 hours of coursework and 12 dissertation hours.

Students are required to take the four core classes during their first two semesters.  The core classes are offered on a rotating basis each fall and spring semester and they are not offered during the summer semester.  If a student begins in the spring semester, he or she will be permitted to take non-core courses during the summer semester.  Students are not permitted to take non-core courses during the fall or spring until all four core courses have been completed. 

Following completion of the 4 core classes (12 hours), students will sit for a qualifying exam.  Students are required to take their first attempt at the qualifying exam immediately at the end of the semester in which they complete their final core course.  Students are allowed two attempts at the qualifying exam.  If both attempts result in a failing grade, students will be dismissed from the program.

After successful completion of the qualifying exam, the student will choose a major and minor area in which to focus the remaining classes and dissertation research. The areas from which to choose are Political Development, Security Studies, Economic Development and Social/Cultural Development. The major emphasis area requires 4 courses (12 hours) and the minor emphasis area requires 3 courses (9 hours).  Note that within each emphasis area, two classes are a requirement and the student may then choose from the remaining classes when fulfilling the rest of the requirement.

Students are required to take 3 elective courses (9 hours) and this may include, but is not limited to the study abroad component, an independant study course or additional research team courses.

Once a student has successfully completed the qualifying examination and the 42 hours of required coursework, the student will sit for the comprehensive exam.  The comprehensive exam consists of questions pertaining to the major and minor emphasis area and has a written and oral component.  Students admitted as of fall 2013 are required to take their first attempt at the comprehensive exam at the end of the semester in which they will complete their required 42 hours of coursework.  After two unsuccesful attempts, students will be dismissed from the program. 

After successful completion of the comprehensive exam, the student enters into Ph.D. candidacy, often referred to as A.B.D. (All But Dissertation). The student will then compose a dissertation committee if they have not already done so, and write a dissertation proposal. The student will then orally defend the dissertation proposal in person to their committee.

Successful completion of the dissertation proposal defense leads to the student conducting research and writing their dissertation. After meeting all of the requirements of the dissertation committee, and fulfilling the requirements outlined in the dissertation proposal, the student will sit for an in person dissertation oral defense.  A minimum of 12 hours is required for this phase to be complete. 

Throughout the program, additional requirements must be fulfilled to include a study abroad, submission of a grant proposal and submission of a research topic and presentation of said topic at an academic conference.

Meeting all of the milestones above and a successful dissertation defense and completed revisions means that you have earned your Ph.D.

COURSE OFFERINGS

42 Hours of coursework and 12 dissertation hours for total of 54 hours overall

REQUIRED CORE COURSES FOR ALL STUDENTS (12 HOURS)

IDV 710International Development Theory
IDV 719Research Design I
IDV 721International Development Statistics I
IDV 729Qualitative Methods

 

RESEARCH TEAM REQUIRED COURSES

(12 hours in major emphasis area, 9 hours in minor emphasis area - 21 hours total)

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

IDV 713Globalization
IDV 711International Political Economy
IDV 722International Development Statistics II
IDV 730International Development Finance
IDV 754Economics for International Development (Required)
IDV 853Comparative International Economic Development
IDV 854International Trade (Required)
IDV 875The Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
IDV 880The Political Economy of the Global Oil Market

POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

IDV 851Comparative International Political Development (Required for Political Development)
IDV 711International Political Economy (Required for Political Development)
IDV 712International Law and Organization
IDV 871Institutions in Development
IDV 872Nation / State Building
IDV 873The Political Economy of Global Climate Change
IDV 874Ethnic Conflict and Civil War
IDV 890International Security (Required for Security Studies)
IDV 795U.S. National Security Policy (Required for Security Studies)
IDV 874Ethnic Conflict and Civil War
IDV 891Homeland Security
IDV 892Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare

SECURITY STUDIES

IDV 890International Study

IDV 795

U. S. National Security Policy

IDV 872

Nation/State Building

IDV 874

Ethnic Conflict and Civil War

IDV 891

Homeland Security

IDV 892

Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare

SOCIAL / CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

IDV 852Comparative International Cultural Development (Required)
IDV 713Globalization
IDV 725Field Research I
IDV 730International Development Finance
IDV 871Institutions in Development
IDV 872Nation / State Building
IDV 873The Political Economy of Global Climate Change

ELECTIVE COURSES

(9 Hours selected from non-major/minor emphasis area and/or courses listed below)

IDV 692Special Problems
IDV 699Study Abroad
IDV 699 CCStudy Abroad (Course Component)
IDV 720Research Design II: Academic Publication
IDV 726Field Research II
IDV 740Grantmanship
IDV 791Internship
IDV 796Practicum
IDV 850Current Issues
IDV 860Colloquium