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.

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 follow the following steps: 

1) Complete the Interest form. *The interest form requires a signature from your major college.

2) Schedule an advising appointment with the Assistant Director.

3) After meeting with the Assistant Director, return completed interest form to the AGNR Dean's Office in 0107 Symons.

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

ANTH 265

GEOG 330

GVPT 200

GVPT 280

GVPT 282

GVPT 289A, 289J, OR 289L

GVPT 306

GVPT 309

GVPT 354

GVPT 359



ENES 269

ENES 316

ENES 464

ENES 472

ENES 474

BSST 242

BSST 330

BSST 331

BSST 334

BSST 335

BSST 340

BSST 360

BSST 370

BSST 372

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.

GEOG 130: Developing Countries*

GEOG 330: As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change

GEOG 423: Latin America

AREC 345: Global Poverty and Economic Development

AREC 365: World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies

AREC 360: Global Agriculture - Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa

ANTH 265: Anthropology of Global Health

ECON 314: Economic History, Development, and Policy

ECON 315: Economic Development of Underdeveloped Areas

ECON 317: Global Economic Policies

ECON 375: Economics of Poverty and Discrimination

ECON 416: Theory of Economic Development

ECON 418: Economic Development of Selected Areas

ENST 100: International Crop Production

FMSC 381: Poverty, Affluence, and Families

GVPT 200: International Political Relations

GVPT 282: Politics and the Developing World

GVPT 289A: Appetite for Change-Politics and Globalization of Food

GVPT 306: Global Environmental Politics

GVPT 350: International Relations of the Third World

GVPT 354: International Development and Conflict Management

HIST 496: Africa Since Independence

HONR228N: Evaluating Global Development Assistance

HONR228R: Parenting and Poverty: The Effects of Growing up Poor on Children's Development

NFSC 425: International Nutrition

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.