Honours BA Program (48 credits)


Mandatory Core Courses

24 credits:
AP/SOSC 1430 9.00 Introduction to International Development Studies*
AP/SOSC 2800 6.00 Development in Comparative and Historical Perspective
AP/SOSC 3800 6.00 Development Studies Research Methods
AP/SOSC 4600 6.00 Advanced Seminar in Development Studies**

Select two areas of concentration from:

  • Area 1: Culture
  • Area 2: Diasporas and Migration
  • Area 3: Environment
  • Area 4: Gender
  • Area 5: Political Economy
  • Area 6: Politics, Governance & Policy

Areas of Concentration

18 credits:

  • 12 credits - 6 credits in each of two chosen areas of concentration
  • 6 credits at the 4000-level in one of the two chosen areas of concentration (Note these courses must be the chosen from the areas that were selected above)

Regional Focus

6 credits chosen from the following courses:
AP/HUMA 1400 9.00 Culture and Society in East Asia
AP/HUMA 2310 6.00 An Introduction to Caribbean Studies
AP/SOSC 2435 6.00 Introduction to South Asian Studies
AP/SOSC 2460 6.00 Contemporary Latin America
AP/SOSC 2480 6.00 Introduction to African Studies

*For students enrolled in the program prior to FW 2014-15, this 9-credit course fulfills General Education requirements as well as the IDS major requirement. All 9 credits count toward the 120 credits required for the Honours BA degree, but only 6 credits from this course will go toward the IDS major.

Effective 2014-15, students enrolled in the program, are required to take SOSC 1430 9.00 AND a Social Science general education course. Six of the nine credits from SOSC 1430 will count toward the program's requirements and the remaining three credits will count toward electives/courses outside the major.

** This course can be substituted with AP/SOSC 4602 6.00 Rethinking Development: Critical Issues, Policies and Challenges (not offered in 2015-16).

Note: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies legislation requires that, in order to obtain an Honours BA (120 credits), students must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000-level, including at least 6 credits at the 4000-level in each Honours Major or Specialized Honours Major.

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