Major in International Development

A minimum of 12.5 credits is needed to complete the major in International Development, which includes the core requirements (7.5 credits) and one of seven areas of emphasis (5.0 credits).  

Students pursuing a major in ID develop a broad understanding of international development through the core requirements, which include both interdisciplinary IDEV courses and primarily social science courses that focus on international development. The core courses provide students with basic analytical tools and breadth of understanding, which serve as a foundation for more in-depth study in a particular area of emphasis.

Areas of emphasis
Students must complete one of the following areas of emphasis as part of the major:

Environment and Development
The interaction between people and their physical environment is the central theme running through this area, which combines courses from geography with an environmentally-focused course in another discipline. 

Economic and Business Development
The economic approach to understanding international development provides a framework for this area which permits some concentration in accounting, finance, and applied economic analysis.

Gender and Development
Students in this area of emphasis examine the different approaches researchers have used, past and presently, to understand women and gender in the development process. This area combines courses in sociology and anthropology with history and other disciplines in arts and social sciences.

Historical Perspectives in Development
In this area, the systematic exploration of historical trajectories permits greater understanding of the origins of contemporary development in various regions of the world. Students take courses with a regional or international focus within History as well as one regional course in a social science department.

Latin American Studies
This area, which includes Spanish language study, focuses on the experience of development within Latin America and the Caribbean region. This area combines language/literature courses and regional study from a historical and social science perspective.

Political Economy and Administrative Change
The theory and experience of international development is examined from the political tradition using courses drawn from political science and, to a lesser extent, economics and history.

Rural and Agricultural Development
The experience of rural societies and agricultural development is examined in this unique area which is drawn from the social sciences (mostly anthropology and sociology) and the Ontario Agriculture College.

In addition to the required coursework, ID students are encouraged to study another language and to take part in international study or experience-based learning opportunities in Canada or abroad.

Honours BA Degree program requirements

Students completing an ID major must also meet the requirements of the BA Honours Degree in order to graduate. See the Bachelor of Arts Program Information in the undergraduate calendar for details.

See the ID Major Requirements Map for an overview of the ID major requirements as part of the broader BA Honours Degree graduation requirements.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements for both the BA degree program and the ID specialization are met.

Questions or concerns? Contact your academic advisor.