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International Leadership and Development Track

The International Leadership and Development (ILD) track provides participants an empirical and theoretical basis for understanding and addressing issues of human and organizational development in the international arena. The track encompasses multilateral development institutions, international development policies, and community development processes in international perspective. The ILD track focuses on the major elements of the globalization process: modern international financial architecture, global non-governmental organizations and social movements, transnational corporations and international trade, cross-cultural immigration, and the emergence of global networks and their significance for human and organizational development at the community level. It is expected that the HOD internship requirement will be satisfied in an international agency, organization, or setting, with language skills acquired separately that are appropriate to the work domain.

Students who complete an HOD major in the ILD track will be prepared for entry-level positions in transnational business settings, relevant government agencies, foundations, community development organizations, or non-governmental organizations with international scope. Students also will be able to understand and follow debates over international development policy. Lastly, students will be well positioned for graduate training leading to careers in multilateral development agencies through such graduate majors as political science, development economics, public administration, anthropology, community research and action, comparative education, or law.

Students choose 3 courses from the following 5 options to fulfill the ILD track core:

  • HOD 2400, Global Dimensions of Community Development (Spring)
  • HOD 2410, Leadership and Change in International Organizations (Fall)
  • HOD 2420, International Organizations and Economic Development (Fall)
  • HOD 2430, Education and Economic Development (Spring)
  • HOD 2450, Building Knowledge Economics in Asia (Spring)
  • HOD 2470, Effectiveness in International For-Profit Organizations (Spring)

In addition, students are required to select six hours of track electives from HOD courses above the 2100 level (other than HOD 2260, 2900, 2910, 2920, 2930, and 2980-2989). Recommended courses include the following:

  • HOD 2480, International Leadership and Development Seminar
  • HOD 2490, Special Topics in International Leadership and Development
  • HOD 2680, Community Development and Social Policy Seminar

Video: HOD International Leadership and Development Track Leader Brian Heuser