Water & International Development

Courses

Students who complete the WAID program can attain either an MS or PhD degree from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a certificate in International Development Studies from the Office of International Education. Although students typically do not need to take more courses than what is required for a traditional MS or PhD degree, the courses must be selected to meet the requirements for both the degree and the certificate. When students begin their studies in the WAID program, they should visit the Office of International Programs to enroll in the IDS certificate program. During the last semester of their studies, they also need to submit the graduate student completion and additional requirements forms to the Office of International Programs (click here for the forms).Students who are admitted to the WAID program but do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering are required to take some additional undergraduate courses to bring their engineering background up to the required level.

Students can use engineering-related internships with development and relief agencies as the basis of their technical paper if they are seeking a non-thesis MS degree. Students can also use more extensive international experiences with an engineering component as the basis of an MS thesis.

The final choice of classes is made by the student with the approval of the advisor and thesis committee, but the courses must meet the requirements for both the desired degree and the IDS certificate. Students are required to take all the core classes listed below if they have not already taken an equivalent course. The lists of supporting engineering classes and other supporting classes provide examples of possible electives.

ANTH 571 Anthropology and Global Heath

Core Classes

CIVE 525 Water Engineering: International Development (1st fall semester)
IE/ANTH 679 Applications of International Development
(fall or spring semester as offered)

Supporting Engineering Classes

CIVE 437 Wastewater Treatment Facility Design
CIVE 440 Nonpoint Source Pollution
CIVE 512 Irrigation Systems Design
CIVE 532 Wells and Pumps
CIVE 544 Water Resources Planning and Management
CIVE 549 Drainage and Wetland Engineering
CIVE 571 Pipeline Engineering and Hydraulics
CIVE 575 Sustainable Water and Wastewater Management
CIVE 577 GIS in Civil and Environmental Engineering
CIVE 578 Infrastructure and Utility Management

Other Supporting Classes

ANTH 515 Culture and Environment
ANTH 520 Women, Health, and Culture
ANTH 535 Globalization and Cultural Change
ANTH 540 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 571 Anthropology and Global Heath
ANTH 581 Resilience, Well-Being, and Social Justice
AREC 460 Economics of World Agriculture
AREC 660 Economics of Agricultural Development
IE/PHIL 470 Women and Development
IE/PHIL 471 Women and Development
IE/PHIL 550 Ethics and International Development
IE/PSY 517 Perspectives in Global Health
POLS 433 International Organization
POLS 444 Comparative African Politics
POLS 445 Comparative Asian Politics
POLS 446 Politics of South America
POLS 447 Politics in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean
POLS 541 Political Economy of Change and Development
POLS 670 Politics of Environment and Sustainability
POLS 739 International Environmental Politics
POLS 749 Comparative Environmental Politics
SOC 660 Theories of Development and Social Change
SOC 663 Sociology and Sustainable Development
  SOC 669 Global Inequality and Change
SPCM 634 Communication and Cultural Diversity
WR 510 Watershed Management in Developing Countries