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Students interested in Third World Studies may focus on a theme, problem, or geohistorical area. A Third World Studies program of study must be interdisciplinary. Students must choose course offerings from at least three disciplines.

A Third World Studies major requires a minimum of twelve upper-division courses plus three lower-division courses from the Third World Studies sequence (TWS 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, or 26). Students at Eleanor Roosevelt College may substitute up to two courses, Making of the Modern World 13 and 14, for two of the three-course lower-division sequence, but must take at least one course in the TWS 21-26 sequence.

Students majoring and minoring in Third World Studies are encouraged to experience their areas first-hand by studying abroad in any number of ways. Most convenient, depending on the area, is the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, whereby students can gain UC credit for study at foreign universities. This is especially convenient for students who cannot find sufficient courses at UCSD pertaining to such regions as the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent. Moreover, Latin America, Asia, and Africa coursework is available in these regions through the Education Abroad Program and various programs available through other U.S. universities.

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Contact Us

Program Coordinator & Advisor
Literature Bld, 131
(858) 822-0377

Babak Rahimi (www)Director,
Third World Studies Program
Literature Bld 324
(858) 534-2147

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