Undergraduate Certificate in International Development

Visitors to this page, please note: The International Development Certificate is an undergraduate certificate that can only be earned while a student is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service program. The School of Foreign Service does offer full master's degrees in Global Human Development (ghd.georgetown.edu) and Foreign Service with an International Development Concentration (msfs.georgetown.edu), but no stand-alone certificates.


Goals of the Certificate

The Certificate in International Development (IDEV) will provide students with the training and background needed to understand the dimensions, challenges, and processes of global poverty and prosperity. The certificate aims to expose students to a broad, multidisciplinary range of courses as well as to core methodologies and requisite analytical tools needed to identify, measure, and assess the determinants and effects of international development.

Students will acquire analytical tools and substantive expertise through a foundational course on international development, as well as through exposure to a quantitative methods course. Students will gain further expertise in specific areas by selecting more specialized, intermediate level development courses that focus on issues such as the determinants of economic growth, political change in lower- and middle-income countries, rural poverty, or global health or environmental policy. Students will also specialize in various development topics through additional electives.  Finally, all students will apply the tools and knowledge gained to a particular issue in global development through the completion of a research paper.

Certificate requirements draw upon various courses from the different majors within the School of Foreign Service that cover a range of topics within the field of international development, from the changing landscape of foreign aid, to problems of fragile states and state-building, to the global challenges of infectious disease and climate change. The multi-disciplinary tools, as well as the substantive knowledge gained through the certificate, will serve students who pursue graduate work or careers in international development, whether in bilateral or multilateral aid organizations, global philanthropy, international or “frontline” NGOs, or the private sector. The IDEV certificate encompasses six required courses and a final paper. Up to two courses can be double counted. Effective Class of 2017, MATH 040 (and therefore AP Statistics credits) will NOT count for the IDEV Quantitative requirement.


  • Gateway Course – INAF-252: Introduction to Economic and Political Development (offered in the fall only)
  • Quantitative – Completion of ONE approved quantitative course
  • Intermediate – Completion of ONE intermediate-level, approved course in international development
  • Elective – Completion of THREE electives from the approved IDEV course list
  • Final Paper – Students are required to write a certificate paper (minimum 20-25 pages) on a topic in international development
Learning Objectives

As the study of international development encompasses a number of sub-fields and disciplines, the certificate will prepare students to:

  • Assess and debate the world’s most critical developmental challenges
  • Recognize the economic, political, and social dimensions of global poverty and prosperity
  • Understand, interpret, and apply quantitative methodologies to the study of development
  • Analyze and critique development issues in clear written and oral presentations
  • Develop substantive and theoretical expertise necessary to understand, interpret, and explain the determinants and effects of developmental processes
  • Develop the substantive and analytical expertise necessary to anticipate new challenges and opportunities in international development
  • Apply key concepts and relevant methodologies in original research in international development
SPRING 2017 Electives

ECON 121 - Economic Statistics  
IPOL 320 - Quantitative Methods: International Politics 
MATH 140 - Intro Math Statistics 

ECON 483 – Development Economics: Micro & Policy Issues
ECON 492 – The Development Incubator
GOVT 306 – Dept. Seminar: Poverty, Social Politics & Democracy
GOVT 340 – Dept. Seminar: State Building
INAF-383 – Applied Eonometrics for Development
STIA 419 – Energy & Environment in Eurasia
IPEC 329 – Environmental Economic Policy 

ANTH 351 – Refugees/Asylees/Migrants & Trafficked Persons: Global Displacement in a Hostile Time
ECON 221 – Economic Development
ECON 256 – Poverty, Growth & Inequality
ENS7 350 – Gender & Sustainability
GOVT 446 - Politics of North Africa
GBUS 464 - Labor and Trade in Foreign Assistance
GBUS 465 - SME & Supply Chains 
GBUS 477 – Public Interest/Common Ground
GBUS 491 - Entrepreneurship Startups: Practice and Theory
HEST 112 – Nutrition/Disease Prevention
HEST 142 – Human Growth & Development
HEST 190- Women’s Health Issues
HEST 460 – Population Health Capstone
INAF 200-01 – Sophomore Seminar: Researching Forced Migration
INAF 312 – India Innovation Studio: Designing for Droughts 2
INAF 355 – Immigrants, Refugees & the State
INAF 392 – Economics of Africa
INAF 396 – Social Change: Sub-Saharan Africa
INAF 425 – Terrorism & Insurgency in Africa
INAF 438 - Religion, Ethcs,& Wrld Affairs
INAF 445 – Nigeria: Conflict & Change
INAF 468 – Environmental Migration
INTH 140 – Introduction to International Health
INTH - 202 - Maternal/Chld Hlth:Dev Countries
INTH 220 - Demography
INTH 260 - Political Economy of Health and Development
INTH 356 – Globalization & Health
INTH 406 – Disease Control & Global Health Initiatives
INTH 408 - Poverty and Health: Ensuring Access to Pharmaceuticals in Developing Countries
INTH 442 - Global Consequences of Food and Nutrient Insecurity
INTH 449 – Health in Conflicts/Crisis/Disasters
IPEC 329 – Environmental Economic Policy 
STIA 341 – Global Health Politics & Policy 
STIA 345 – Social Innovation & Scale
STIA 355 – Environment & Migration
STIA 363- Global Health & the SDGs
STIA 371 – Ocean Law, Development & Global Security
STIA 354 – War, Trauma & Recovery 
SOCI 131 – Population Dynamics
SOCI 141- Social Innovation
SOCI 220 – Global Development & Social Justice