The Program offers a coherent and rigorous set of courses that foster academic excellence in the field of International Development Studies. The program's core courses identify the central issues in the field from a critical social science perspective, offering an inclusive, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspective to interpret the histories, political economies, and cultures of regions in the Global South and their diasporic communities. While highlighting common themes in the field of development, these courses also emphasize the diversity of experiences in the Global South and the regional and sub-regional specificities that exist. The core courses also introduce students to the specific analytical methods and techniques in the field of Development Studies.