Development Studies is designed to provide students with an understanding of issues, policies, and practices associated with global development issues in the context of both Canada and developing countries. In addition to critical interdisciplinary perspectives for conceptualizing and analyzing issues, students will gain practical skills for designing, implementing and effectively managing community development projects. The program, therefore, prepares students for further studies, as well as for employment in governmental, non-governmental, and other international development-related fields in Canada and abroad.
First year students in Development Studies are encouraged to explore courses in a variety of areas. It is recommended that a first year program include: Development Studies 201, Development Studies 201 and at least an additional 3.0 full-course equivalents from the Faculty of Arts. Degree programs in Development Studies include senior-level courses offered by various Departments either as core requirements or as options. It is therefore useful to take first year courses from a variety of related areas such as Geography and Economics.
Students seeking advice on first year course selection may contact the Student Success Centre (http://www.ucalgary.ca/ssc).