Program Information for 19/20 students *NEW*

The program in International Development Studies (IDS) explores the nature and impacts of economic and social development, in Canada and across the globe, from an interdisciplinary perspective. It equips students with the theoretical understanding and analytical and practical skills needed to bring about positive and inclusive change in the world. Students completing a degree in IDS have the skills to tackle complex global problems as needed to promote social justice as citizens and in careers across the public and private sectors and in civil society organizations.

IDS Major, Minor and Area of Concentration

International Development Studies (IDS) is a specialization within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program. Students may choose to study IDS as a major in the 4-year BA Honours degree, an Area of Concentration in the three-year BA General degree, or as a minor to complement a major in another discipline.

Area of Emphasis

Students in the IDS major must complete one of the four following areas of emphasis as part of the major:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Development in the Canadian Context
  • Development in Fragile Contexts

For more information on the program requirements for the IDS BAH, BAG or minor, visit the University of Guelph academic calendar.

IDS Major (Co-op)

International Development Studies Major is also offered as a co-op option (IDS:C). Co-op is full-time paid work experience that gives students the opportunity to apply their learned knowledge and values, as well as  developing skills that will enhance their employability following graduation. 

For more information on the IDS:C major, visit the University of Guelph academic calendar.

Not sure what to take in your first year?

In your first year in IDS, there are 3 courses that you are advised to register in:

IDEV*1000, Understanding Development and Global Inequalities. It is offered in both Fall and Winter.

ECON*1050, Introductory Microeconomics. It is offered in class in the Fall semester, and by Distance Education in the Winter and Summer semesters.

ECON*1000, Introductory Macroeconomics. It is offered in class in the Winter semester, and by Distance Educaiton in the Fall and Summer semesters.

The Registration Guide for New Students is also a great resource, and can be found here: