In addition to choosing an option, students majoring in CED must develop a 12-credit specialization.

Specializations are individualized, with students designing it in collaboration with an academic adviser. Specializations can be designed for different purposes to allow students the latitude to (as examples):

  • gain depth in a topic of special interest,
  • pursue a semester abroad,
  • earn credits toward a minor, or
  • explore a set of interrelated ideas outside of CED.

CED students are encouraged to develop a specialization by the end of their fifth semester. Students are required to consult with their academic adviser before choosing their specialization. Specialization choices are infinite.

Examples of Specializations*

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Community, Environment, and Development
  • Construction Management
  • Cross Cultural Exchange
  • Economics
  • Energy and Sustainable Policy
  • Energy, Business, and Finance
  • Environmental Development
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Environmental Education 
  • Geography
  • German
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Issues
  • International Agriculture
  • International Development
  • International Geography
  • Italian
  • Latin American Development
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Microfinance
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Nutrition
  • Spanish
  • Sociology
  • Soils
  • Sustainable Design
  • Sustainable Energy Solutions

*These are only a few examples of specializations for CED students. Students should consult with their academic advisers about other options.