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 710

International Development Theory

3 hrs.  The intellectual heritage and the contemporary global framework of research and practice in international development, including foundations in various disciplines and fields of study.
IDV 719

Research Design I

3 hrs.  Examination of the basic components of research design in the social sciences.  Compares various research methods and explains the steps needed to creat a research design.

IDV 721

International Development Statistics I

3 hrs.  Provides a basic foundation in statistical methods as applied in development-related research to assist students in their own research work and make them better critical consumers of development literature.

IDV 729

Qualitative Methods

3 hrs.  Introduction to qualitative methods as data collection in international development.

 

RESEARCH TEAM REQUIRED COURSES

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

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

IDV 722

International Development Statistics II

3 hrs.  Introduction to advanced statistics including multivariate analysis.       Prerequisite(s): IDV 721

IDV 730

International Development Finance

1-6 hrs.  Provides a foundation of concepts and terminology in international economic and community development finance.

IDV 754

Economics for International Development (Required)

This course introduces students to the principal theories and methods of economics and its applications.

IDV 853

Comparative International Economic Development

3 hrs. International development models, theories, practice and application.  Examination of successes, failures of international economic development practice and policy.

IDV 854

International Trade (Required)

This course covers the benefits of trade for each country, global impact of trade, types of trade, economic integration, issue of balance of payments, foreign exchange, and trade and development. The consequences of trade restrictions are demonstrated

POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

IDV 711

International Political Economy (Required)

3 hrs. Examination of the intersection of politics and economics in international development which influence international development models, theories, practice and application.

IDV 851

Comparative International Political Development (Required)

3 hrs. Examination of the contentious issues in contemporary global politics including debates over development and globalism.

IDV 871

Institutions in Development

3 hrs. Provides an overview of the differences between management of international public organizations and NGOs through an examination of specific management processes.

IDV 874

Ethnic Conflict and Civil War

3 hrs. Exploration of ethnic conflict and civil war and their effects on states.

IDV 892

Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare

3 hrs. Exploration of terrorism and unconventional warfare as well as their effects on states.

SECURITY STUDIES

IDV 795

U. S. National Security Policy (Required)

3 hrs. Examines structures, motivations, and major objectives of national security policymaking from a comparative perspective with emphasis on US national defense.

IDV 872

Nation/State Building

3 hrs. Examines a range of theories on approaches to and case studies of nation/state building in the contemporary global system.

IDV 874

Ethnic Conflict and Civil War

3 hrs. Exploration of ethnic conflict and civil war and their effects on states.

IDV 890

International Security (Required)

3 hrs. Examines the causes and effects of international security issues and the array of strategies for addressing problems related to war and peace in world politics.

IDV 891

Homeland Security

3 hrs. Examines the nexus of internal and external security policy in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks through an examination of the formulation, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of homeland security policy.

IDV 892

Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare

3hrs. Exploration of terrorism and unconventional warfare as well as their effects on states.

SOCIAL / CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Available as a minor only beginning Fall 2014

IDV 713

Globalization

3hrs. Examination of the current debates and theories associated with the concept of globalization including proponents and critics of the process.

IDV 725

Field Research I

3hrs. Training in research methods conducted in a field setting, emphasizing international contexts.

IDV 852

Comparative International Cultural Development (Required)

3hrs. Examination of issues of culture which influence international development models, theories, practice and application.  Issues include, but are not limited to, religion, language, food, gender, and roles of family.

IDV 871

Institutions in Development

3hrs. Provides an overview of the differences between management of international public organizations and NGOs through an examination of specific management processes.

IDV 872

Nation / State Building

3hrs. Examines a range of theories on approaches to and case studies of nation/state building in the contemporary global system.

IDV 873

The Political Economy of Global Climate Change

3hrs. The impact of global warming on societies throughout the world and analysis of national and international solutions to global warming.

ELECTIVE COURSES

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

IDV 692

Special Problems

1-6 hrs.

IDV 699

Study Abroad

6 hrs.

IDV 699 CC

Study Abroad (Course Component)

3 hrs.

IDV 712

International Law and Organization

3 hrs. Examination of the history and development of international law and the rise of international organizations.

IDV 720

Research Design II: Academic Publication

3 hrs. Examination of the range of means through which academics can publish their research and writing.  Affords students hands-on experience in producing work for consideration for publication in newspapers, journals and books.

IDV 726

Field Research II

3 hrs. Exploration of primary qualitative data collection in a field environment.  Students will actively engage in data collection in a field environment and meet with associated challenges.  Prerequisite(s):  IDV 725 and IDV 729.

IDV 740

Grantmanship

3 hrs. Provides students with the information resources and techniques for effective grant writing, to fund both research projects and development-related programs.

IDV 791

Internship

1-6 hrs. Provides students with professional experience in private firms, government agencies, or nongovernmental organizations.  May be repeated up to a total of 12 hrs.

IDV 796

Practicum

1-6 hrs. Provides students who have a career interest in teaching - either in higher education or in professional training - with pedagogical skills for their profession.

IDV 797

 Independent Study and Research

3-6 hrs. Hours arranged.  Not to be counted as credit toward a degree.  Students actively working on dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course.

IDV 850

Current Issues

1-6 hrs. Case studies in current international development practices and leading international development research issues.  May be repeated up to a total of 12 hours.  Prerequisite(s):  IDV 710 or permission of instructor.

IDV 860

Colloquium

1-6 hrs. Seminars involving scholars, practitioners, and student colleagues in international development.  May be repeated up to a total of 12 hours.

IDV 898

Dissertation

1-12 hrs. for a minimum of 12 hours.