On behalf of all faculty and staff in the International Development Studies program, it is my pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to you. We are committed to providing our support to ensure your experience in the program is both enriching and rewarding.
In your courses and other activities at the university, you will discover many new ways of thinking about the complex process of social, cultural, political and economic change we call development. You will also be able to explore the various options designed to address some of the Global South’s most pressing problems. We believe both areas of knowledge – the more theoretical discussion about the nature of development and underdevelopment together with a critical awareness of development praxis – are essential in the experience of future academics and practitioners in the IDS field. We look forward to sharing with you the learning experience upon which you are about to embark.
The aim of the program is to help you learn essential critical skills that will be useful in the pursuit of your goals after graduation, either in the job market or in a graduate program. We hope the experience will also provide a means to increase your awareness as a citizen of this country and the world.
For new students: We are certain life in the university will provide plenty of enriching opportunities. Although you are at the threshold of a very exciting time in your life, we recognize that the university can also be a daunting place. There are major academic decisions to make, courses to register, requisites to satisfy. Sometimes it is not easy to know exactly how it all is supposed to work. That’s why we are here to help you in your first steps. Do not hesitate to contact us, and once again, welcome to our program!
Dr. Ricardo Grinspun
Coordinator, International Development Studies Program