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International Development Studies

Examine the sources and consequences of human inequality from a global perspective. Through an interdisciplinary lens, you will explore wide-ranging themes such as global poverty and hunger, conflict, ecological degradation, gender relations, 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. 

Degree Type

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)

The Trent Advantage

  • Study in an internationally-recognized program, the first developed in Canada
  • Participate in experience-based learning through a program specific year-abroad program in either Ghana or Ecuador
  • Gain a critical perspective on world issues through small group teaching and dedicated faculty members and choose to specialize in African Studies or Latin American Studies

Ontario Secondary School Requirements

General Admission 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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Career Paths

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