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The world seems to get smaller and smaller every day. Poverty, political instability and ethnic and religious divisions faced in developing and Third World countries have an impact on life in Canada. And vice versa. Policies made by our government can affect the lives of people halfway around the globe.

The Department of International Development Studies aims to foster greater understanding between developed and underdeveloped societies through study, research and cross-cultural learning experiences.

Offered through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, International Development Studies gives students an interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our students draw upon a wide range of subjects to tailor their degree programs, including biology, comparative religion, economics, language study, political science, sociology and social anthropology.

Our students are encouraged to study abroad. We have forged links with educational programs around the world, notably with our partners in Cuba.