World Studies is concerned with those areas and peoples of the
world that are less politically powerful, economically developed
and/or whose cultural survival is threatened. The approach is
comparative and multi-disciplinary, encompassing inquiry into
the cultures, economies, histories, societies, and politics of
the third world. Work sponsored by the Third World Studies Committee
is oriented toward inquiry about the third world in general. For
this reason, the major is designed so that students do not concentrate
exclusively on one particular region of the world. Those wishing
to do so are advised to work under the appropriate regional curricular
committee or program.
Students interested in majoring in Third World Studies should
consult with Professor Marc Blecher, Chair of Third World Studies,
or another member of the Third World Studies Committee as soon
as possible. Together the student and advisor will work out a
proposed program of study. Students declaring Third World Studies
as their only major should submit their proposals by the second
semester of the sophomore year; double majors should do so no
later than the second semester of the junior year.
must complete thirty hours in courses approved by the committee.
These must include courses in two different humanities and two
different social sciences. Major programs of study must also include
an advanced seminar or colloquium to serve as a capstone. No more
than four courses focusing on a particular region (Asia, Latin
America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan
Africa) may count toward the major.
There is no minor offered in Third World Studies.
Students interested in honors work in Third World Studies are
encouraged to pursue it within the honors program of the department
in which they may be double-majoring. If Third World Studies is
their only major, the Committee will consider formulating a program
of honors work for qualified students in accordance with the procedures
outlined by the Independent Majors Committee. Proposals to the
Third World Studies Committee to pursue honors work should be
made no later than the start of the second semester of the junior