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New Minor in Global Poverty

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In the fall of 2007 the Blum Center for Developing Economies introduced a unique new minor designed to teach undergraduates about global poverty and provide them with meaningful opportunities to work toward solutions. Open to all undergraduates, the minor in Global Poverty and Practice draws a broad cross-section of students, including English, engineering, and environmental economics and policy majors.

The minor, which examines theoretical and ethical debates around poverty and development, is housed in the International and Area Studies teaching program. However, its education program committee draws upon faculty from across campus, including Alain de Janvry, professor of agricultural and resource economics.

The minor is unique, with its thematic focus, orientation toward undergraduates, and–most significantly–its requirement for a hands-on practice or research experience. Students pursuing the minor seem particularly excited about the opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with organizations and individuals who confront global poverty head-on.

Jenn Jehnson, an environmental science major who is minoring in global poverty and practice, plans to travel to Honduras with Global Medical Brigades and to work on clean-water access in rural villages. “This minor coincides so well with my goals,” she says. “I want to combat global poverty by fighting environmental injustices around the world.”

-Phillip Denny

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