African Studies

Gain international experience and deepen your understanding of international development by living, studying, and working abroad in a third-world country through Trent’s respected Trent-in-Ghana program.

The birthplace of all humankind, Africa is a continent of great historical and contemporary global importance. By successfully completing a series of relevant credits and the Ghana year abroad program, students pursuing International Development Studies are eligible to add a specialization in African Studies to their degree.

Graduating students who have fulfilled the requirements for an Honours degree in International Development Studies may apply for a Specialization in African Studies, if they have successfully completed the following credits from area studies and the Ghana year abroad program:

  • 5.0 credits from IDST 2401H, 2402H, 3010Y, 3401H, 3402H, 3770Y, 3781Y (3780Y), 3790Y, 3800D, or HIST 4410Y


  • No more than 1.0 credit from HIST-IDST 2401H, 2402H, 3401H, or 3402H may satisfy the Category B requirement for the Honours program in International Development Studies.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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  • Gain an immediate sense of how development theory applies in practice through classes and field trips
  • Build your intercultural communication skills and in-depth knowledge of another society through cultural immersion
  • Complete a field placement and gain work experience in an area that is directly related to your interests and career objectives.
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Career Opportunities

  • Humanitarian Program Officer
  • Government Relations Specialist
  • Non-Governmental Organization Development Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • International Aid Worker
  • Journalist
  • Teacher

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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