About 6/7 of the world's population lives in developing countries. As a result, economic growth and development are critical issues that drive international relations. The International Development and Economic Policy (IDEP) concentration equips students with the theory and practice necessary for international development and economic policy careers. The focus of this concentration includes violent conflict, state building, democratization, migration, the costs and benefits of globalization, women and security, and economic and political interactions among and between governments. The program has particular strength in humanitarian assistance during disasters, famines, and civil wars. This academic preparation opens careers in a variety of international institutions and national agencies, such as in the NGO community, USAID, UN agencies, and development contractors. The goal is to provide the highest quality training to students called to public service and hoping to conduct economic interactions worldwide in government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.
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