Bachelor of Science in Social and Economic Development Policy

The Bachelor of Science in Social and Economic Development Policy (SEDP) is an interdisciplinary social science degree grounded in the analysis of global and domestic economic, social, and political development. The program is designed to foster globally-engaged civic leadership. Our students learn about the impact of globalization on local communities, cities, regions, and nations. They specialize in either urban and regional or international development, and learn how to understand and address major challenges to equitable and sustainable economic growth and healthy communities. They acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to assess and analyze issues that are central to the work of governing in the global age, from local agencies to international organizations. Our students build the confidence and competence they will need to affect policy in a variety of areas related to development in both the public and private sectors. The program prepares graduates for careers that require an understanding of how and why policy is made, how to analyze its effects, and how to make it better.

Students will be required to complete 30 credit hours of core courses and at least one 15 credit hour specialization. Majors are also required to complete 15 minor credit hours in applied economics. The senior capstone project requires students to complete a 120-hour internship.

The objective of the social and economic development policy program is to develop graduates who can demonstrate:

  • Fundamental knowledge of the development field across the social sciences.
  • Ability to analyze and critically evaluate development problems and solutions.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • A commitment to positive change in their communities.

Required Courses

Social and Economic Development Policy Requirements (30)
PS 306Politics and Public Policy3
PS 313Comparative Public Policy3
PS 360Global Political Economy3
PS 408Methods of Policy Analysis3
SSCI 100Introduction to the Profession3
SSCI 209Social Science Research Methods3
SSCI 486Planning, Fundraising, and Program Evaluation3
SSCI 493Public Service Internship3
Select two Research Methods electives from the following:6
Social Networks3
Applied Correlation and Regression3
Psychological Testing3
Exercises in Behavioral Observation3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
Intermediate Geographic Information Systems3
Fieldwork Methods3
Introduction to Survey Methodology3
or additional research methods courses with adviser approval
Social and Economic Development Policy Specialization (15)
Select International Development or Urban and Regional Development. See Specializations tab for requirements.15
Mathematics Requirements (6)
Select two courses at the level of MATH 119 or above including PSYC 203 or BUS 2216
Natural Sciences Requirements (11)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D11
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Economics Minor Requirements (15)
BUS 382Behavioral Economics of Managerial and Consumer Decision Making3
ECON 151Making Strategic Decisions in the Marketplace3
ECON 152Understanding and Competing in the Global Marketplace3
ECON 423Economic Analysis of Capital Investments3
Select one of the following courses:3
Quantitative Models for Effective Decision-Making3
International Finance3
Corporate Finance3
Free Electives (24)
Select 24 credit hours24
Interprofessional Projects (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Total Credit Hours130
 

Bachelor of Science in Social and Economic Development Policy Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
SSCI 1003Specialization Elective23
Humanities 200-level Course3PS 3133
ECON 1513ECON 1523
Mathematics Elective13PSYC 20313
Natural Science or Engineering Elective3Free Elective3
 Natural Science or Engineering Elective3
 15 18
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
SSCI 2093CS 105 or 1102
PS 3063Research Methods Course33
PS 3603Natural Science or Engineering Elective3
ECON 4233Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Humanities Elective (300+)3
Specialization Elective23Economics Minor Elective3
 18 17
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Specialization Elective23Research Methods Course33
Economics Minor Elective3Social Sciences Elective3
Natural Science or Engineering Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3IPRO Elective I3
PS 4083Specialization Elective23
Specialization Elective23 
 18 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
SSCI 4863SSCI 4933
Free Elective3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
IPRO Elective II3Free Elective3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 131
1

Two courses at the level of MATH 119 or above including PSYC 203 or BUS 221.

2

Select from International Development or Urban and Regional Development; see Specializations tab for requirements.

3

Select from COM 383, PSYC 320, PSYC 409, SOC 498, SSCI 225, SSCI 325, SSCI 387, SSCI 480, or additional research methods course with adviser approval.

 

Specialization I: International Development

Required Courses

PS 230International Relations3
PS 388International Law and Organizations3
SSCI 380International Development3
Select two of the following:6
Business Law for Entrepreneurs in the Modern Global Economy3
Intercultural Communication3
Government and Politics in Africa3
Politics of Latin America3
Development and Evaluation of Training in Organizations3
Groups and Leadership at Work3
Problems of Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Religious States3
Global Migration3

Additional courses may be approved by the program director.

Specialization II: Urban and Regional Development

Required Courses

PS 214State and Local Government3
SSCI 354Urban Policy3
SSCI 355Regional Economic Development3
Select two of the following:6
Technical Communication3
US Urban History3
History of Chicago3
Politics of East Asia3
Politics of Europe3
Development and Evaluation of Training in Organizations3
Groups and Leadership at Work3
Global Chicago3
Urban Policy3
Global Migration3

 Additional courses may be approved by the program director.