International Development (ID) is a social science that embraces the theory and practice of improving the quality of life of people in the world we live in with a special emphasis on less developed areas. The program emphasizes a comprehensive approach to international development by incorporating economic, political, social, environmental, technological, educational and cultural dimensions. ID, as a field of study, is relatively new. It emerged from critiques of post-World War II programs designed to alleviate poverty and promote economic, democratic and social development in second and third world countries after independence. International sustainable development promotes a cross-disciplinary understanding of economics, sociology, political science, anthropology and language, in the context of sustainable or environmentally friendly positive social change. Courses will be taken in various departments in the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as in the Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer.