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The curriculum of the SDC major consists of a combination of three major academic areas: development studies, regional and international studies, and sustainability studies. The curriculum of development studies focuses on the theories and practices of international development and covers subjects such as the history of international development, development cooperation and foreign aid, economics of international development, and development field research. Regional and international studies analyze the historical, cultural, and political factors that shape relations among countries by exploring international conflict and cooperation, international political economy, and international law and governance. Sustainability studies focuses on environmental preservation and sustainable economic development by looking into energy and environmental policy, environmental management, and sustainable development.