The Global Poverty minor develops an awareness and understanding of the dimensions of global poverty, its causes and consequences, and the scope of policies aimed at poverty alleviation.  

Students will discover how incentives, resources, and social and political institutions influence the incidence of poverty across and within countries.  Students in the minor will explore the relationships between poverty and determinants of human welfare such as hunger, health, education and environmental quality. 

We welcome students of all majors to declare this as a minor.

The minor is supported by a student-run advisory board. Follow their Instagram account @umdglobalpoverty

Declaring the Minor

You must declare a minor no later than one full academic year before graduation.

If you would like to enroll in the minor, please fill out an interest form (including a signature from your major college) and e-mail Maria Soppelsa to schedule an advising appointment.  

 Interest form      Schedule an advising appointment

Minor Requirements

 Five (5) courses with a fifteen (15) credit minimum total, with at least one Global Poverty signature course and at least one Global Perspectives signature course. No more than six (6) credits can overlap with a major.

Course Choices

One (1) Global Poverty Signature course

AREC 345: Global Poverty and Economic Development

AREC 365: World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies

One (1) Global Perspectives Signature course

ANTH265    Anthropology of Global Health
BSST330    Terrorism Studies
BSST334    States of Emergency
BSST338R    Far-Right Extremism: Violent Ideologies and Actions
BSST340    Oral Communication for National Security Careers
BSST370    Financing Terror and Hate
BSST372    Terrorist Hostage Taking
ENES269    Topics in Grand Challenges for Engineering in a Global Context
ENES316    Global Leadership in Engineering, Business, & Technology
ENES464    International Entrepreneurship and Innovation
ENES472    Leading Global Teams and Engaging Across Cultures in Business, Engineering, and Technology
ENES474    Global Perspectives of Engineering
GEOG330    As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
GVPT200    International Political Relations
GVPT280    The Study of Comparative Politics
GVPT282    Politics and the Developing World
GVPT289    Special Topics in Government and Politics
GVPT289L    Religions, Beliefs, and World Affairs
GVPT306    Global Environmental Politics
GVPT309    Topics in International Relations
GVPT354    International Development and Conflict Management
GVPT359    Topics in Comparative Politics
GVPT409J    Seminar in International Relations and World Politics
GVPT409K    Seminar in International Relations and World Politics


Three (3) Electives

NOTE: a course cannot be used to satisfy two requirements, i.e. a course taken to satisfy either of the signature requirements above cannot be used as an elective. However, some of the courses above can be used as electives as per the list below after signature course requirements are satisfied.

AAST222    Immigration and Ethnicity in America
ANTH210    Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health
ANTH265    Anthropology of Global Health
ANTH310    Method & Theory in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
ANTH412    Hypermarginality and Urban Health
ANTH413    Health Disparities in United States
AREC260    The Science of Gender in Economics and Development
AREC345    Global Poverty and Economic Development
AREC360    Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa
AREC361    UMD-Summer: Liberia: Implementing Extension Education in Africa
AREC365    World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies
AREC447    The Economy of China
CCJS325    Slavery in the Twenty First Century: Combating Human Trafficking
CCJS370    Race, Crime and Criminal Justice
ECON175    Inequality: Determinants and Policy Remedies
ECON314    Economic History, Development and Policy
ECON315    Economic Development of Underdeveloped Areas
ECON317    Global Economic Policies
ECON375    Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
ECON416    Analysis of Economic Development
ECON418    Economic Development of Selected Areas
EDHD320    Human Development through the Lifespan
ENST100    International Crop Production-Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century
FGSM380    Responses to Global Challenges
FMSC110    Families and Global Health
FMSC310    Maternal, Child and Family Health
FMSC381    Family Inequality
GEOG130    Development Geography: Environmental & Social Justice
GEOG330    As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
GEOG423    Latin America
GVPT200    International Political Relations
GVPT282    Politics and the Developing World
GVPT289A    Appetite for Change-Politics and Globalization of Food
GVPT306    Global Environmental Politics
GVPT350    International Relations of the Third World
GVPT354    International Development and Conflict Management
GVPT482    Government and Politics of Latin America
GVPT487    Government and Politics of China
HIST251    Latin American History II
HIST496    Africa Since Independence
HLTH325    Poor in America: Health and Wellbeing
HONR228N    Honors Seminar: Evaluating Global Development Assistance
HONR228R    Honors Seminar: Parenting and Poverty: The Effects of Growing Up Poor on Children's Development
MIEH400    Introduction to Global Health
MIEH407    One Heath: Food Safety and Security
NFSC230    Global Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems
NFSC425    International Nutrition
SOCY241    Inequality in American Society
SOCY242    Sociology of Homelessness
SOCY302    Intersectionality and Illness
SOCY335    Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCY340    Globalization's Winners and Losers examines the relationship between globalization and inequality.
SOCY405    Scarcity and Modern Society

Important Notes

- Students who declared the Global Poverty minor in Spring 2018 or before may use GEOG 130 to satisfy the Global Studies Signature/Perspectives course requirement. GEOG 130 will only count as an elective and NOT a Global Studies Perspectives course for students who declare Fall 2018 and after.

- A maximum of two (2) courses total can be below the 300-level.

- A maximum of one (1) experiential learning course (internship or study abroad) can count towards the Global Poverty minor.

- Many of these courses listed require prerequisites. It is the student's responsibility to ensure familiarity with pre-requisites for a course.

- Other courses can be considered as electives with advisor approval.