International Development Studies Program

IDS Undergraduate Requirements

International Development Studies (IDS) is an interdisciplinary degree program that offers its own courses in combination with courses from a range of disciplines across the university. IDS offers students a unique opportunity to combine critical thinking and real world practices through dynamic courses aimed at understanding and challenging the world’s more pressing problems. Its global and interdisciplinary approach prepares students for a range of careers and experiences with international, national, and local organizations. 

IDS undergraduates intending to pursue further graduate studies are strongly encouraged to pursue an Honours Degree. A degree in international development studies may be combined with a degree in another discipline through Joint majors or minors. The IDS program strongly recommends that students in IDS gain competency in a second language relevant to their studies. Students are especially referred to the Department of Modern Languages & Classics, which has several courses that may also be counted towards an IDS degree. For more detailed information on IDS undergraduate requirements, please consult the university calendar.

Further Information: 

For a listing of IDS courses, click here.

Future undergraduate students, apply to our program.

Current Undergrad students, click here, to declare your major, apply for honours and other important forms. 

Requirements 

In addition to the general and basic requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree set out by the Faculty of Arts, students taking a degree within the International Development Studies Program must fulfill the following requirements: 

The Major Program

a. The appropriate first year courses, including Faculty of Arts basic requirements, and at least six (6) credit hours from social science electives such as ANTH1202, POLI 1201, POLI 1220SOCI 1210, or SOCI 1211, as appropriate;

b. the equivalent of forty-two (42) credit hours approved for the Program, as follows:

  • IDST 2301 Introduction to IDS: Perspectives
  • IDST 2302 Introduction to IDS: Policies and Practice
  • IDST 3401 Seminar in IDS: Conceptual Foundations
  • IDST 3402 Seminar in IDS: Contemporary Issues
  • IDST 3424 Research Methodology
  • IDS approved ANTH or SOCI course at the 2000 level or above
  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: macro
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 12 credit hours of approved IDS-related courses at the 2000 level or above
  • 6 credit hours of approved IDS-related courses at the 4000 level 

The Minor Program

The equivalent of twenty-four (24) credit hours selected from courses approved for the program, of which:

  • IDST 2301 Introduction to IDS: Perspectives
  • IDST 2302 Introduction to IDS: Policies and Practice
  • IDS approved ANTH or SOCI course at the 2000 level or above
  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: macro
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 9 credit hours of approved IDS-related courses at the 2000 level or above

The Concentration Program

A concentration in International Development Studies in partial fulfillment of the B.A. Degree, is the same as the requirements for the IDS Minor Program.


The Honours Program

a. To obtain an honours degree in International Development Studies, a student must first be admitted to the honours program and must then complete all requirements pertinent to the IDS honours program.

Students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate student advisor to arrange a course schedule adequate to the demands of completing the required honours thesis. More specifically:

(i) To be admitted to the program, a student must satisfy pertinent Faculty of Arts requirements for entry into an honours program, and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better;
(ii) To graduate from the program, a student must satisfy the pertinent Faculty of Arts requirements, and must complete the equivalent of sixty-six (66) credit hours in the IDS honours program as outlined in (b) below; and
(iii) To graduate from the program, a student must also receive a minimum grade of B+ (3.30) in IDST 4500 (the Honours Seminar). Students should note that the Honours Seminar is a full year course; September entry only.

b. For the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in International Development Studies, all students must complete no fewer than sixty-six (66) credit hours, as follows:

  • IDST 2301 Introduction to IDS: Perspectives
  • IDST 2302 Introduction to IDS: Policies and Practice
  • IDST 3401 Seminar in IDS: Conceptual Foundations
  • IDST 3402 Seminar in IDS: Contemporary Issues
  • IDST 3424 Research Methodology
  • IDST 4500.xx and .yy Honours Seminar in IDS
  • ECON 1201 Principles of Economics: micro
  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: macro
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 3 additional credit hours in approved IDS-related POLI at the 2000 level or above
  • 6 additional credit hours in IDS-approved ANTH or SOCI at the 2000 level or above
  • 21 credit hours of approved IDS-related courses at the 2000 level or above
  • 6 credit hours of approved IDS-related courses at the 4000 level

Students must consult with the undergraduate advisor or the IDS Program Coordinator regarding approval for courses not in the list of approved courses appearing below;

A typical schedule of courses for an IDS Major would be:

Year 1

  • ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • Six (6) credit hours from one or two of the following: PHIL 1200 (no other philosophy course satisfies this requirement); Mathematics [including MGSC 1205; MGSC 1206; and CISY 1225]
  • Nine (9) credit hours from at least two of the following Humanities: Classics, History, Religious Studies, English [other than ENGL 1205], Philosophy (other than PHIL 1200), and Modern Languages courses on literature and culture
  • Twelve (12) credit hours from first year courses in the following social sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, with a maximum of six (6) credits in any one area. At least one should be from ANTH 1202, ECON 1201, ECON 1202, POLI 1201, POLI 1220, SOCI 1210 or SOCI 1211.

Year 2

  • IDST 2301 Introduction to IDS: Perspectives
  • IDST 2302 Introduction to IDS: Policies and Practice
  • ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: Macro
  • 3 credit hours in IDS approved courses at the 2000 level or above
  • 9 credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • 9 credit hours of electives

Year 3

  • IDST 3401 Seminar in IDS: Conceptual Foundations
  • IDST 3402 Seminar in IDS: Contemporary Issues
  • IDST 3424 Research Methodology
  • 3 credit hours IDS approved ANTH or SOCI course
  • POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
  • 3 credit hours in IDS approved course at the 2000 level or above
  • 9 credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • 3 credit hours of electives

Year 4

  • 6 credit hours in IDS approved courses at the 2000 level or above
  • 6 credit hours in IDS approved courses at the 4000 level
  • 9 credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • 9 credit hours of electives

Approved IDS Courses

IDS offers each year its own electives, which appear in the timetable (IDST) or in the IDS Handbook. IDS majors, minors and honours students should consider these courses first.

The courses below form a parial list of IDS approved courses for majors, minors and honours students in IDS.. Other courses may be eligible for IDS credit – please consult the IDS Program Coordinator. Please note that not all courses below are offered every year, and some courses may have prerequisites.

Anthropology
ANTH 2311 Ethnology: Melanesia
ANTH 2326 Contemporary East Asia
ANTH 2392 Linguistic Anthropology A
NTH 3201 The Anthropology of Food
ANTH 3304 Egalitarian Societies
ANTH 3305 Chiefdoms
ANTH 3309 Peasant Society and Culture
ANTH 3334 Warefare and Aggression

Asian Studies
ASNT 3300 Multidisciplinary Study of Asia
ASNT 3305 Contemporary China: Institutions and Culture

Economics
ECON 3310 Development Economics
ECON 3315 Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 3327 Asia Pacific Economies
ECON 3365 International Economic Issues
ECON 4410 Issues in Economic Development

Environmental Science
ENVS 3410 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 4440 Environmental Policy

Finance
FINA 4476 International Financial Management

History
HIST 2250 Soccer: A History of Brazil
HIST 2317 Africa in the 20th Century
HIST 2381 China before 1800
HIST 2382 China in Revolution: 1800-1949
HIST 2383 China since 1949
HIST 2393 History of Vietnam
HIST 3402 Aspects of Global History
HIST 3480 Afro-Brazilian History
HIST 4530 Forced and Free Migration in Latin America

Management
MGMT 4488 International Business Management
MGMT 4494 Entrepreneurship: Theories and Concepts

Marketing
MKTG 3375 International Marketing

Philosophy
PHIL 2325 Philosophical Issues in Int’l Development
PHIL 4525 International Justice

Political Science
POLI 2305 International Relations
POLI 3314 Politics of Developing Areas
POLI 3315 Canadian Foreign Policy
POLI 3321 International Organization
POLI 3322 Global Political Economy
POLI 3425 Spying and International Politics
POLI 3456 Issues in International Security
POLI 4402 Model United Nations
POLI 4451 Gender and International Relations
POLI 4493 Global Social Movements

Religious Studies
RELS 3348 Religion & Ecological Issues In the Developing World
RELS 4100 Religion and International Development

Sociology
SOCI 4382 Gender and International Migration

Spanish
SPAN 3304 The Changing Face of Latin America
SPAN 3310 Latin America Culture
SPAN 4400 Dictatorship and Memory in Latin America