Any student enrolled in a UW–Madison doctoral program can pursue a doctoral minor in development. The doctoral minor offers systematic training in the field of development studies, and is designed to be tailored to students’ interests in interdisciplinary approaches to international development. A doctoral minor is an excellent way to gain training in the analysis of issues, approaches, and practices in international development, and to apply to students’ research and teaching interests. Courses for the development minor are drawn from over 15 units across campus and cover a diverse array of disciplinary, areas studies, and sectoral approaches to international development.
Graduate students who wish to pursue an Option A external minor in development should consult the chair of the rogram. Courses are chosen in conjunction with the chair, who serves as the minor advisor, and the student's departmental advisor. A student may earn a doctoral minor in development with 9 credits, if all 9 credits are in development courses numbered 700 and above. Alternatively, a student many earn the minor with 12 credits if these are courses numbered 300 and above and identified as designed for graduate work. Students are expected to achieve a B or better in all courses used for the minor. Directed study courses do not count toward the minor. Students may not use colloquia or "brown bag" format courses toward requirements of the doctoral minor.