International Development Studies

Be part of an internationally-recognized program that is the first of its kind developed in Canada.

International Development Studies gives you the tools to examine the sources and consequences of human inequality from a global perspective. Through an interdisciplinary lens, you’ll explore wide-ranging themes such as global poverty and hunger, conflict, ecological degradation, and cultural identity. Your studies will pay particular attention to the world’s most vulnerable populations and their complex relations with the most powerful countries and international organizations.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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  • Study and work in a developing country through the Trent in Ghana program – includes a 12-week placement with a development organization
  • Translate learning into experience through field work courses – you can take your learning as far as Barbados
  • Join the Student Association for International Development and contribute to the student-run Community Movements Conference
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Career Opportunities

  • Human Rights Officer
  • Community Education Coordinator
  • Lawyer
  • Diplomat
  • United Nations Official
  • International Civil Servant
  • Humanitarian Assistance Worker

Popular Courses:

  • Human Inequality in Global Perspective
  • Gender and International Development
  • The World Food System
  • The Cinema of Development
  • Law, Rights, and Development
  • Global Health
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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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