Coursework for the MIDCM program totals 16 credits. Six credits (or two courses) can be double counted for your major and the minor. Students must also receive a C or higher in each course in order for the course to count toward the MIDCM requirements. With the exception of the research methods requirement, all classes must be completed after acceptance into the MIDCM program.
All students admitted to the MIDCM program in 2011 and onward, must complete the 16-credit curriculum as described below.
All students admitted to the program prior to 2011 please contact 301-314-7703 for information on program curriculum.
Program requirements include:
Core Course (3 credits): GVPT354 – GVPT354 is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of international development and conflict management. All students should plan to incorporate this class into their first semester after being accepted into the program.
GVPT354 is offered each Fall semester.
Capstone Sessions (6 credits): GVPT355 (Capstone I) and GVPT356 (Capstone II): These two courses (3 credits each) are designed to teach theories of international development and conflict management and build key professional skills necessary for success in both fields. They include site visits, guest lectures and career development opportunities. Both capstone courses are required, with GVPT355 focusing on advanced level analysis of theories of international development and conflict management and GVPT356 taught by a practitioner and focusing on real world experience and best practices. Students also engage in ICONS simulations based on real world development and conflict scenarios/case studies and practice some of the key concepts/theories they learned in the two courses.
GVPT355 is offered each Spring semester; GVPT356 is offered each Fall and Spring semester.
Research Methodology Class (3 credits): Students are required to take a 3 credit, 200 or higher-level research methods class. This course can be drawn from any discipline and requires approval from the Program Director. Examples of courses that have been used to fulfill this requirement in the past include: BMGT230, EDMS451, STAT400, PSYC200, BIOM301, and SOCY201.
Elective Courses (3 credits): Students are required to take one, 3 credit elective course. The elective course MUST be chosen from the Global Studies Minor Program Signature Course List. This list of courses addresses issues important to different Global Studies Minors and is provided below. Please confer with Testudo for course availability.
Global Studies Minor Program Signature Courses
AREC345. Poverty, Public Policy and Economic Growth
AREC365. World Hunger
BSST330. Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors
ENES472. International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology
GEOG130. Developing Countries
GEOG330. Cultural Geography
GVPT306. Global Ecopolitics
Practicum (1 credit): All students in the program must complete an internship or other practical experience that involves substantive engagement with the fields of development or conflict management. To receive the one credit for their practicum experience, students register for BSOS388E, an independent study course taught by the Program Director. Students are required to seek prior approval for their practicum experience from the Program Director and must enroll in BSOS388E either during or after the completion of their practicum experience.