Students in International Development acquire knowledge and develop skills in the social sciences and related disciplines with a focus on international development issues and content. Multi- and interdisciplinary skills are increasingly required by governments, business, non-governmental organizations, and other agencies in the public and private sector who work to develop policies and build partnerships with countries around the world. Skills that are in demand by employers include strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills, flexibility and adaptability, and superior oral and written communication skills. A working fluency in more than one language is increasingly essential for work in Canada and in other countries. International Development students can acquire all of these skills by taking advantage of the rich opportunities available to them at the University of Guelph. The nature of the IDS program encourages students to think and develop these skills in various disciplinary contexts and across the disciplines, making them highly adaptable to different employment situations.
Check out the 2017 report on Career Paths of IDS Graduates in Canada. This was a joint CASID/CCUPIDS project by Dr. Rebecca Tiessen (University of Ottawa) and Dr. John Cameron (Dalhousie University).
Testimonial from Lucas Burton, 2014 ID Graduate:
“My experience as a Guelph International Development Student was incredibly rewarding. Throughout my four years I was consistently challenged to examine my assumptions about what “development” is, and was encouraged to think critically about the world around me. I was continually impressed by the quality of teaching in each of my courses, and feel genuinely blessed by the active role my professors played in fostering my academic and personal development.”