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Jeremy Cook talks about the
M.A. in International Community Development program:

Why Northwest

Being new to the area, I knew Northwest existed because of family, and had been involved in sister schools. But I didn'’t realize it had any programs that fit me and my interests.

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Why the ICD

We were considering the U.K., Kenya, other parts of Africa, as well as universities all over the U.S. and I had never seen a program just like this one, so it caught my attention right away.

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Uniqueness

When I read what the core part of it was being global cultural awareness and social justice from a Christian perspective that was the foundation I was looking for.

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Experience at Northwest

The thing I liked most about the program was the cohort experience.

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Practicum

I spent 40 hours each semester researching the issue of fair trade, specifically related to fair trade agreements that our government has signed.

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Thesis

The angle I ended up taking was looking at Congolese perspectives versus Western perspectives through the lens of mineral exploitation in the country.

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Plans after Graduation

One of the strengths of the program is that it allows you to dip into so many different areas and probe several different interests.

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Advice

The flexibility is I think the highlight. That’'s why I would encourage anyone to check it out and highly consider it.

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