Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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What you will learn in this program
Development Studies scholars ask questions such as: How do we define human rights? What does it mean for a country to ‘develop’? How is the global community interconnected?
Development Studies is a multidisciplinary field that examines social, economic, and political change. This program will give you a broad understanding of societal problems through analyzing the economic, political, cultural, and geographic factors that impact development issues. During the course of your studies, you'll gain cultural understanding, practical experiences, analytic skills, and research capabilities.
As a Development Studies graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Development Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Courses you'll take:
Anthropology of the Environment, Business in Cultural Context, Gender and Development Studies, Introduction to Indigenous Studies, Introduction to Development Studies
Admission requirements and information
Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.
Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
I did a semester in Spain and field studies in Central Europe and SE Asia, experiences that gave me a first-hand look at global issues around water, food scarcity, community structure and sustainable economic development.
Alexandra K., development studies student
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My UCalgary degree has been foundational for my career by teaching me to critically assess projects, and preparing me for international humanitarian work. I did a life-changing field study in Ghana as an undergraduate student, and cannot say enough about the professors or my fellow students.
Brandon B., development studies alum
Join our community in fall 2018
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.