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Prospective Student Open House

Please come and chat with us in person during the School of International Service Open House on November 13. Click here to RSVP.

Prospective Student Online Open House

Join International Development Program Director, Professor Vidyamali Samarasinghe, for this online event featuring information on faculty, students, alumni, and program curriculum, as well as an opportunity to have your questions answered via live chat. This online event will be held on Friday, November 21 from 12:00-1:00 PM ET. Please RSVP here.

Program Overview

The International Development Program (IDP) at American University is one of the best established development programs in the United States. For over 35 years, it has trained students to participate effectively in driving socio-economic, political, and environmental change throughout the world. The program's primary focus is the improvement of opportunities for the world's poor and disenfranchised. It has one of the largest concentrations of faculty both teaching and researching international development, and has approximately 1200 alumni in development-related positions around the world.

The program includes the following distinctive features:

Ethical-Technical

In order to achieve ethical ends, technological means are required. The program emphasizes that development is a problem of values and politics as well as a technical issue. We examine methods to ensure that the values and visions of all concerned are incorporated into technological solutions, regardless of race, class, religion, or gender.

Practice-Theory

The program combines respect for theory and concept with training in state-of-the-art technical professional skills applicable in development institutions and in the field. These skills include policy analysis, program design, gender analysis, social assessment, cost-benefit analysis, microfinance, monitoring & evaluation, rapid appraisal techniques, conflict resolution, and information technology.

Generalist-Specialist

A multi-disciplinary core program combines with the opportunity to concentrate in one of a wide variety of specialized professional areas including development management, gender, economic policy, development economics, environment, small enterprise development, globalization, political economy, development policy, community development, children/youth and democracy and governance, and more.

Global-Local

Graduates of the program can combine macro-micro analysis to clarify the impacts of globalization and other macro-level factors on people in local communities, and assessment of the options that exist at the local and global levels for influencing these forces.

Action-Research

The use of Washington institutions and developing country locations as learning laboratories enables students to participate in internships and practicum experiences that combine research and action with an integrated, problem-solving approach to development challenges.

Questions?

Contact:
Emilie Cooper
Program Coordinator
(202) 885-1657
IDPSIS@american.edu