Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Development Studies is about social, economic and political change in Canada and around the globe. Students examine issues such as: poverty, hunger, environment, governance, community development, sustainable and participatory development, colonialism, cultural beliefs, social justice, corruption and human rights. These issues are both universal and culturally situated, so we study them at local, national and international levels.
Students 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 an understanding of being a Canadian and a global citizen.
As a development studies student, you will discover the cultures, traditions and experiences of many communities and regions not just through academic learning but through exposure to other cultures. There is the opportunity to participate in overseas field studies courses, learn intercultural communication and language skills, as well as research skills useful for solving development issues. Classroom learning is also enhanced by opportunities for students to carry out community development projects with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social agencies.
Field schools are a great way to gain hands-on experience and see your degree in action. The department regularly offers field schools that can count towards your degree. Field schools offered by other institutions can sometimes be credited towards a program in development studies. Students considering this option must consult with the undergraduate advisor before enrolling. > Learn more
Graduates of development studies have worked in non-government organizations, economic development, government relations, international business and as policy analysts, among other careers. > Browse helpful links