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IDS Degree Options & Requirements

Beyond choosing to study International Development Studies, you’ve got the option to customize how you study. You can choose the length and depth of specialization within your degree — whether it’s a three-year bachelor’s or more intensive four-year honours bachelor’s program. If you’re weighing two subjects of interest but can’t make a decision, you’re able to declare a major, which would be your primary area of study, as well as a minor, or secondary subject. Or give them equal billing and go for a double major. Whatever path you envision, you’ll have choices to accommodate you along the way.

In all our degree options, students are given a thorough understanding of the history, debates, perspectives, institutional approaches, and critiques within the field of international development. Given the program’s emphasis on building a bridge between academic discourse and development practice, our students learn how to evaluate the documents of the international donor community (e.g., those of the World Bank and the IMF), and to conduct original research and write development-related proposals.

Not sure which courses you need to enrol in to complete the requirements for your degree? The checklists below are intended as guides to help you select which courses you need to take.

NOTE:

Choose the checklist for the year you began your study. These checklists do not provide official confirmation of your eligibility to graduate. To find out which courses you have already completed toward your degree, use the Degree Progress Report. For more help, contact your academic advisor.


Honours Double Major BA

The Honours BA program may be pursued jointly with any other Honours Bachelor’s degree program in the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, or with a major in Earth and Atmospheric Science or Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

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Honours Major/Minor BA

The Honours BA program in International Development Studies may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor Bachelor’s degree program in the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, or with a Minor in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

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Honours Minor BA

The Honours Minor must be pursued jointly with an Honours BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. The Honours Minor in IDS comprises at least 30 credits.

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Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA

IDS may be linked as an Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary Program only with the following programs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies:

  • African Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin America and Caribbean Studies
  • South Asian Studies

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