IDCE Undergraduate Programs

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Undergraduate Education

The IDCE Department stresses an interdisciplinary approach linking geography, anthropology, the environmental sciences, economics, government and history. Divisions between disciplines are crossed as students take advantage of courses in the different programs. They develop a multidimensional perspective that is critical to tackling the complex challenges of sustainability, community building, and policy making.

The Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) offers two undergraduate majors:

International Development and Social Change (IDSC) Major

The International Development and Social Change major builds a foundation to help students understand and think critically about the social, political, economic and cultural dynamics shaping the world. International Development and Social Change majors explore strategic political action by developing an awareness of the complexities and contradictions of global power relations and learn the history of social change from professors who have been involved in such work in communities around the globe. Clark University is one of the few universities in the nation to offer a liberal arts degree major in International Development and has for over 30 years.

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Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) Major

The undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy track within the Environmental Science major prepares students to deal with the complexities of environmental issues in society. The program provides students with an in-depth understanding of how human activity is impacting the natural environment and provides scientific, social science, and policy perspectives on how these impacts can be managed and mitigated. The strong emphasis on the natural sciences ensures students understand the technical as well as the social aspects of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

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Accelerated Degrees (BA/MA)

Clark's Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree Programs allow students to deepen their interest in a specific field with intensive graduate study combined with a liberal arts degree.

In International Development and Social Change and Environmental Science and Policy, qualified undergrads may apply to accelerated B.A./M.A. programs in each of these fields. In addition, the graduate program in Community Development and Planning offers an accelerated B.A./M.A. degree to qualified Clark undergraduate students.

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Evan Wilson
(ID '06)

A commitment to activism and community development resulted in a seven month stay for Evan Wilson '06 in Windhoek, Namibia.

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