About The International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University
Our community of scholars and practitioners is dedicated to fostering environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic well-being in both the developing and developed world. The major forces of social change—grass roots initiatives, social movements, government policy, market approaches, entrepreneurship, technological innovation, individual action, and education—form the core of our transdisciplinary studies.
The programs approach complex problems by crossing conventional disciplinary boundaries. Each of IDCE’s programs is flexible, encouraging students to take courses across programs representing a diversity of perspectives. The breadth of opportunities for integrated coursework makes IDCE unique among similar traditional programs. IDCE maintains close links with other academic centers at Clark, including the Graduate School of Geography and the Graduate School of Management, providing even more opportunities for students to gain the skills they will need to cross nonprofit, private, government, NGO, and research sectors.
Taking a Transdisciplinary Approach
IDCE’s master’s programs are designed to mutually enrich one another. Our commitment to transdisciplinarity means that our educational approaches are based inherently on the integration of multiple disciplines and perspectives from a broad array of scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders, making an IDCE education unparalleled among other graduate programs in international development and social change, environmental science and policy, community development and planning, or GIS.
Creating Agents of Social Change
All IDCE programs focus on how to effectively enact social change. Whether working with local communities to address environmental health concerns, developing improvements to innovative microfinance opportunities in Asia, or advancing climate change adaptation initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, IDCE graduates pursue action on the forefront of social change.
Integrating Theory and Practice
IDCE trains students to integrate what they learn about theory with practical experience in approaching complex social and environmental problems. Students learn to engage with complexity in order to analyze problems from various perspectives in search of innovative solutions. Through coursework, group projects, internships, and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to cross boundaries between scholarship and practice, to think both theoretically and empirically, and to put their ideals into practice.
IDCE Graduate Programs
IDCE offers four distinct, yet interlinked Master’s degrees:
International Development and Social Change
Environmental Science and Policy
Community Development and Planning
Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment
IDCE Dual Degree Programs
IDCE offers two dual-degree programs in partnership with Clark’s Graduate School of Management:
Environmental Science and Policy / Master of Business Administration
Community Development and Planning / Master of Business Administration