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Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Development Studies

Co-operative Education

What is Development Studies?

Development Studies is about social, economic and political change in Canada and around the globe. You will examine issues such as:

  • Poverty
  • Hunger
  • Environment
  • Governance
  • Community development
  • Sustainable and participatory development
  • Colonialism
  • Cultural beliefs
  • Social justice
  • Corruption
  • Human rights

These issues are both universal and culturally situated, so we study them at local, national and international levels.

We study a wide range of topics including:

  • Culture
  • Gender
  • Communication
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Religion
  • Science and technology
You will discover the cultures, traditions and experiences of many communities and regions not just through academic learning but through personal exposure. In addition to learning about other cultures, the program contributes to your understanding of being a Canadian and a global citizen.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Explore the factors shaping how a region develops through looking at concepts and issues such as poverty, colonialism and self-determination, human ecology and sustainable development, and technology as well as the role and impact of national and cultural institutions.
  • Travel to another country to study issues of development first-hand through the university's Study Abroad program. The travel study allows you to do a semester of coursework in places as diverse as India, Ghana or Mexico.
  • Study cross-cultural communication at the personal, organizational, societal, and international levels and explore issues of power, identity and influence.
  • Plan and carry out development projects in work teams for community development organizations in Calgary and learn practical skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation to writing project reports.
  • Paid work terms allow you to bring your academic training together with the world of work and learn first-hand what you can do with a degree in Development Studies.

Possible Careers:

  • Foreign Affairs Canada                                                        
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • International literacy programs
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • International business
  • Tourism
  • Archivist
  • Business or Government Consultant
  • Economic Development Advisor
  • Government Relations Advisor
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Advisor

Contact the Program Coordinator

Dr. Edna Einsiedel -

For more information, visit the University Calendar.