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WPI’s minor in Science and Engineering for Development (DEV) gives students the tools and support they need as global citizens to create multifaceted solutions to a wide array of social and societal challenges, from inequality between the rich and poor and the global north and south to resource scarcity and climate change.

In true WPI fashion, the minor blends engineering design principles with the social sciences, making for an academic experience that’s just as multidisciplinary as it is focused.

Science and Engineering students collaborating on a project

Curriculum

A DEV minor calls for the completion of six courses, as well as project work that reflects a global experience. Three required courses are International Development and Society; Case Studies in International Development Policy and Engineering; and Science, Engineering, and Design in International Development.  

Additionally, students must select three thematically related courses in the subjects of environmental and sustainability studies, economics, system dynamics, psychology, science technology policy (with an international focus), business, or another approved combination. Two of the three courses must be at the 2000 level or above.

Possible thematic combinations could focus on governance (ENV 2310, ENV 2600, GOV 2319), environment and society (ENV 1100, ENV 2900, ENV 4400), development economics (ECON 1110, ECON 2117, ECON 2125), international political dynamics (GOV 2302, SD 1510, GOV 2319), psychological science (PSY 1400, ENV 2400, PSY 2406), or social entrepreneurship (ETR 1100, ETR 2900, ETR 4930).

Application Process

Students interested in a DEV minor should complete an application form and submit it to the SSPS office as early in their program of study as possible. It will then be reviewed by the chair of the DEV curriculum committee.

WPI policy requires that no more than one unit of course work can be double counted toward other degree requirements.