Undergraduate Opportunities

International Development Studies Minor


Conduct RESEARCH in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Gain RESOURCES to prepare you and fund your research

Build RELATIONSHIPS with faculty and peers



Students of the International Development Studies minor conduct research in the field around critical issues of the day. This interdisciplinary minor engages students from all disciplines and allows students to focus on topics such as global health, education, the environment, refugees and migration.  

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The goal of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ minor in International Development Studies (IDS) is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn about and contribute to international development discourse and practice.  IDS will provide context and an academic foundation for students to analyze the dynamics of development across the globe, as well as help students,  develop skills for effective engagement in a complex world. 

Development studies is interdisciplinary in nature, so students are required to take courses in a variety of disciplines.

This equips students with the broad lens through which to view and investigate international development challenges.  Students from all colleges and departments are welcome to enroll in the program.

The IDS minor prepares students for a variety of post-graduate options related to international development, including graduate work in development studies, volunteer work or employment in the field, ranging from international and advocacy organizations, businesses, consulting firms, and policy and research groups.  Regardless of what career path IDS students follow, the breadth and diversity of academic and fieldwork training help prepare them to apply their learning from the classroom to the world around them. 

The IDS minor was founded by the Kellogg Institute’s Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, and today the minor is managed by the Kellogg Institute, working closely with the Ford Program. To supplement their course work, students can take advantage of the many opportunities made available by the Kellogg Institute and the Ford Program: a calendar of eventsgrants and internship opportunities, an annual student-led human development research conference, and other resources.

Students interested in enrolling in the minor should ensure that they can meet all requirements (see tab above).

The director of the minor is Steve Reifenberg, Sr. Strategic Advisor, Kellogg Institute.  Interested students may schedule a meeting with Holly Rivers, Associate Director, Kellogg Institute.


Global Affairs Supplementary Major

Global Affairs Supplementary Major  - Students working toward the supplementary major may choose to complete a concentration in International Development Studies. The requirements for the concentration are the same as those for the International Development Studies minor. Students with questions about the concentration should contact Holly Rivers

Learning Goals

The minor in International Development Studies has four distinct learning goals:

Students will gain a firm grounding in theories of international development studies and current debates in the field. They will have a solid grasp of how various competing theories have risen to prominence at different times over the last 60 years, and how these theories play out in practice.

Through case study analysis, students will investigate how theory and practice are linked. This analysis includes exploring the dynamics between the developed and developing worlds and the debates within individual countries including, among other topics, poverty, inequality, health, education, gender, and environment.

All students will engage in an original research project in the field (typically after their junior year), and, through their senior capstone project seminar, will have a chance to systematically analyze, synthesize, and present what they have learned.

Students will learn from their fellow IDS classmates and a broad range of faculty how to approach development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and the ways that these different approaches and ideas can relate to the real world.


Students enrolled in the minor in International Development Studies (IDS) are required to complete 15 course credit hours as well as a significant field-based research project in the developing world:

Gateway - 3 credit hours

Two Electives - 6 credit hours

International Research in Design
Instructor: Erin McDonnell. TR 11:10AM – 12:25PM
IDS 30600 – CRN 31817 (SOC 30952)
*Must be taken by the end of junior year

Research Project

Junior Review Process

Capstone - 3 credit hours



International Development Studies - Minor - Enroll

Read over the requirements of the minor and ensure you have room in your schedule for the IDS minor. (It is a good idea to meet with a dean in your college to discuss how your courses are currently counting toward University, College, major and minor requirements.) Then schedule a meeting with the associate director to discuss the requirements and to learn more about the program.

Holly Rivers
Associate Director, Kellogg Institute
1130H Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 631-6023
Email: hrivers@nd.edu

Steve Reifenberg
Director, International Development Studies Minor
230 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 631-0517
Email: sreifenb@nd.edu

Fall 2021 Meetings


International Development Studies – Welcome Back
At a time when research has become more challenging then ever, international development students are learning to adapt.  Speak with IDS seniors who will talk about their capstone projects and how they were able to adapt their research this year. Meet students of the program and learn what opportunities are available to you this year.  All IDS students should attend and all students are welcome.
Wednesday, September 1, 6:30pm
Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Register here.




International Development Studies Senior 3-minute Presentation Day
As part of the IDS capstone course with Professor Abby Córdova, our seniors will talk about their research projects (in 3 minutes or less) and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a great way for students interested in international development studies to get ideas for their own projects and meeting students who can be great resources as they think through their research ideas.
Thursday, October 7, 5:05-6:20pm
1050 Jenkins and Nanovic Halls




International Development Studies Meeting
The focus of the meeting will be the field research projects and several faculty as well as seniors will be at the meeting to talk about your ideas, share advice and answer questions.  This is a networking event so you will have the opportunity to move around the room and meet with faculty and students you think could be helpful to you for your project. All IDS students should attend. Dinner will be provided.
Monday, November 8, 6:30pm
All IDS students must register for this event.


Senior Capstone Projects

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