Development Studies

Broaden your cultural understanding and enrich your Wheaton education with a minor in developmental studies. This broad field looks at the evolution of societies through multiple lenses: economical, sociological, and political. Your core course explores the political economy in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Then, you’ll choose from a variety of anthropology, economics, history, political science, and women and gender studies electives: sweatshops in the world economy, transnational feminism, urban anthropology, and the ecology and politics of food, just to name a few.



John Bezis-Selfa

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the History Department

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

John Miller

Professor of Economics

Alireza Shomali

Professor of Political Science, Jane E. Ruby Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences

Brenda Wyss

Associate Professor of Economics; Coordinator of Development Studies