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Third World Studies provides an understanding of the changing economies and politics of the Third World and its relationships to the West.


Students interested in Third World Studies may focus on a theme, problem, or geo-historical area. Students majoring and minoring in Third World Studies are encouraged to experience their areas first-hand by studying abroad in any number of ways.

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The Third World Studies program draws on courses available through various departments including anthropology, communication, ethnic studies, history, literature, political science, and sociology. Both the major and minor include many electives which allow students flexibility.

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"I am 'offering’ a B.A. in Third World Studies because I studied abroad in West Africa. My reason for the Third World Studies major is that I will be entering a global health policy career. My reason for using the term 'offering' is because that's how my student peers spoke at the University of Ghana during Fall 2008!”

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The Third World Studies program is part of the Institute of Arts and Humanities. We embrace philanthropic partners equally committed to expanding the intersections and understanding among cultures.