International Development Studies

International Development Studies

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Complement your studies with overseas internships, volunteer positions or study abroad programs.

Informed global citizens understand the history behind current policies or media headlines. How do you support fair trade? How to overcome the North-South divide? This program will challenge you to analyze colonialism and the developing world, the gap between rich and poor nations and the social, cultural, economic and political elements of international development case studies.

York's International Development Studies program will help you develop a deep and sophisticated understanding of the dimensions of world poverty, its causes and the processes of development aimed at eliminating poverty by promoting human fulfillment and achievement.

You will emerge from the program with a thorough grounding in the history, debates, dimensions, institutional approaches and critiques of the field, but also able to read World Bank documents, talk the institutional language of development professionals and know how to put together and implement a development research or delivery proposal.

Possible Career Paths

  • International development professional in the public, non-governmental or private sector
  • Officer in a non-governmental, governmental or international agency
  • Teacher, researcher, policy analyst or academic
  • Social activist or community development worker
  • Specialist in topics of international development such as international law, labour, environment, gender, culture, health, ethnicity, politics, demographics, migration, etc.


Program Details

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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Fall entry


Winter entry


Summer entry



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