Coursework for the MIDCM program totals 16 credits:
Gateway Course (3 credits): GVPT354. This introductory course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of international development and conflict management. All MIDCM students are expected to take this course during their first semester after being accepted into the program.
GVPT354 is offered each Fall semester and is a prerequisite for both GVPT355 and GVPT356.
Capstone Courses (6 credits): GVPT355 and GVPT356. These two courses (3 credits each) are designed to teach advanced theories and their applications in the fields of international development and conflict management and to build key professional skills necessary for success in both fields. They include site visits, guest lectures, and career development opportunities. GVPT355 focuses on the conflict management aspect of the program, while GVPT356 focuses on the development aspect.
GVPT355 is offered each Spring semester; GVPT356 is offered each Fall and Spring semester. These courses may be taken in any sequence, or simultaneously, subject to having completed the prerequisite of GVPT354.
GVPT356 is periodically offered in two alternative formats: (1) a Global Classroom course, and (2) a Fearless Ideas course titled Innovation and Design for Entrepreneurship and Action (IDEAS) in Peace and Development. GVPT356 can also count towards two General Education requirements: Scholarship in Practice, and Cultural Competency.
Research Methodology Course (3 credits): Students are required to take a 3-credit, 200 or higher-level research methods class. This course can be drawn from any discipline and requires approval from the Program Director. Examples of courses that have been used to fulfill this requirement in the past include: GVPT201, BMGT230, EDMS451, STAT400, PSYC200, BIOM301, and SOCY201.
Global Perspectives Elective Course (3 credits): Students are required to take a 3-credit elective course. The course must be chosen from the list of eligible courses, according to the policies of the Global Studies Minor Program. The courses included on this list address subject matter that is important to different Global Studies Minor programs. Please consult Testudo for the latest information on course availability. Spots in all these courses are managed by the associated programs and may be limited in number. NOTE: Global Classroom courses are among the options that count towards this elective requirement.
Practicum (1 credit): All students in the program must complete a practical experience (e.g., job, internship, service learning, community service, social entrepreneurship) that involves substantive engagement with the fields of development or conflict management, has an international dimension, and is significant in extent. For more information, please review the guidelines. Approval of the practical experience is required. Please submit the Approval Request (MS Word .doc format) form to MIDCMinfo [at] umd.edu. Students are encouraged to seek prior approval for their practical experience. In conjunction, students must complete BSOS388E, a one-credit professional development course that is designed to reflect on, consolidate, and translate their practical experience and other background for purposes of future academic and professional pursuits. Ordinarily, a student will complete their practical experience before taking BSOS388E.
Students must receive a C- or higher in each course in order for the course to count toward the MIDCM requirements. Courses taken Pass/Fail during the Spring 2020 semester are exempted.
With the exception of the research methodology and the Global Perspectives Elective requirements, students are expected to complete courses after acceptance into the MIDCM program. Exceptions are allowed with permission.
Six credits (or two courses) can be double counted between MIDCM and your major. Also, check with your major advisor(s) about whether MIDCM coursework can be used to fulfill supporting sequence, cognate, upper-level concentration, and other elective requirements of majors.