International Development Studies (BA)

Program Summary

One of the most unique and dynamic programs found at UTSC, International Development Studies is a multidisciplinary study of how and why countries develop differently from each other. It ties together fields like Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Environmental Science, Economics and Development Studies to make it a truly unique academic discipline. Students will not only delve into the many disciplines that contribute to the development of nations, but learn how to tie each discipline together to analyze, prescribe, and engage development problems such as poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, governance and urbanization. Students will not only learn the complex dynamics of development theory, but will be given practical experience that is essential to professional development.

The Co-op program is one of the most sought after programs at the University. The Co-op option includes working in a Global South region across the globe for approximately 8-12 months. Students work with internationally reputable NGOs such as WUSC, World Vision, Cuso International, Natural Justice, Centre for Internet and Society, Aga Khan University, and have worked in countries all around the world, such as Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, India and Kenya.

*If applying to Non Co-op International Development Studies, the Supplementary Application Form is not required.

Program Details

Degree Offered: Honours Bachelor of Arts
Offered as Co-op: Yes
Program Options: Major / Minor / Specialist

Program Admissions

Admissions Category: Social Sciences & Humanities
Supplementary Application Form Required: Yes
Admission Prerequisites: English
Approximate Grade Requirements: Mid 70s (Non Co-op) / High 70s (Co-op)
OUAC Application Code: TUD (Non Co-op) / TSD (Co-op)

Student Experience

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