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Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Social Change

Clark University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Spring 2021
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Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Social Change

According to the International Monetary Fund, approximately 70 percent of all nations are “developing” — characterized by economic vulnerability and high levels of poverty. At Clark, international development and social change (IDSC) majors learn how to bring about positive change by thinking critically, acting collaboratively, and engaging responsibly.

Research and activism are hallmarks of the IDSC experience at Clark, from promoting sustainable development through local action to devising technological solutions to food shortages in developing nations. Our graduates — who have gone on to work for organizations including The World Bank, UNICEF, Care USA, Partners in Health, and the National Democratic Institute — work to create a better world every day.

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For 2021 entry, Clark University has no application fee.

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Program content

In the classroom, IDSC majors develop critical analytical skills, explore links between local and global perspectives, and focus on the human and ecological dimensions of sustainability.

The major requires the completion of at least 12 courses. You’ll take five core courses and four in a subfield of international development and social change that interests you. You’ll also complete one methods course, two skills courses, one internship or directed research project, and a capstone seminar.

We encourage you to take courses across programs representing diverse perspectives, including undergraduate classes offered through Clark’s Graduate School of Geography and Graduate School of Management. This provides opportunities for you to gain the skills you need to work across the nonprofit, private, government, nongovernmental organization, and research sectors.

Skills you will learn include how to:

  • Read and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
  • Think critically about social, political, cultural, and economic dynamics and relationships
  • Work in teams to apply theory to real-world problems affecting vulnerable groups in Worcester and abroad
  • Address challenges on every level, from a village to the global policy arena
  • Problem-solve, evaluate, implement, monitor and communicate in a logical, organized way
  • Evaluate your own position and intentions to facilitate social change

Scholarships & funding

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Tuition fees


Tuition | $46,850

Standard Housing | $5,600

Standard Meal Plan | $3,880

Health Insurance | $1,793

Other Fees | $900

Career opportunities

At Clark you’ll get more than a great education; you’ll also be prepared for a long, productive career and life of consequence. And once you’ve completed your degree, you can join other Clark alumni who have gone on to work for great organizations and attend some of the best graduate schools in the world.

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Clark University

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, about 40 miles west of Boston. Clark is a global community; 15% of our student body is international, representing more than 80 countries....

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Colleen Falconer
I hadn't heard of IDSC before coming to Clark, but my first semester I took a course on Culture, Health and Development (essentially medical anthropology) that sold me on the major. ID is about examining the world through a different lens; it asks how our cultures have influenced the way we look at the rest of the world, especially in the wake o...
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01610 Worcester Massachusetts

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