Kendall Wallace

Global Discipline

Kendall Wallace (College ’09)

In 2006, Kendall Wallace saw a gap in the University’s curriculum. But instead of just complaining about it, she, along with some like-minded students and faculty, did something about it.

The gap involved the study of global development. While students could major in foreign affairs or area studies, there had not been an interdisciplinary offering that focused specifically on the problems of developing countries. Until now. Chaired by Kendall Wallace, the Development Major Committee spearheaded the creation of a new interdisciplinary program in global development in the College of Arts & Sciences.

“We saw an incredible, growing interest among students in international development issues, based on class registrations, clubs, and research projects,” said Ms. Wallace, a distinguished major in history with a minor in anthropology, focused on global culture and commerce.

Modeled on other interdisciplinary majors, the global development major adds new elements: a seminar that introduces broad social theories and fundamentals; a follow-up course that relates the theories to current events; and the opportunity to pursue case studies in areas of particular interest. Students will be encouraged to participate in an internship or service learning project. “Experiential learning can’t be required, but we can look for ways to provide grants for students who need them to get international experience,” Ms. Wallace said.

Ms. Wallace became interested in global development through the experience of her older brother, Cameron Wallace (College ’00), a double major in economics and foreign affairs who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin. “But I wanted to carve my own path,” she said.