M.A. in International Development

Overview

Dr. Audrey C. Cooper, Program Director
Fowler Hall, Room 201

The International Development Master of Arts Degree prepares professionals to work with federal agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and locally-based groups to design, implement, monitor and evaluate capacity-building activities and systems oriented change toward social justice for all marginalized groups with a special focus on deaf and hard of hearing people and persons with disabilities. Coursework covers topics such as: a) the theories and strategies of international development; b) the micropolitical issues of development, focusing on the actors, settings, and ideological categories impacting the development process (e.g., gender, language, race, disability, and sexuality); c) international relations which affect economic and social development; d) the political-economy of marginalized groups in lower economically developed countries; e) program development, implementation, and evaluation within an empowering transformative paradigm; f) project design techniques utilizing participatory models with feasibility, sustainability, and human resources in mind; and, g) practical methods to gather research data in developing countries. Within and across each of these content areas, students will gain a strong grounding in the diverse circumstances (e.g., social, structural, linguistic) encountered by deaf and hard of hearing persons and groups in a variety of national and sub-national settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates working in development agencies or foreign assistance programs will possess the knowledge, skills, and tools with which to: a) analyze a set of conditions, b) design and implement policies and practices for initiating or improving upon the inclusion of marginalized groups, and c) evaluate the process and outcome of such activities.