Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA Program (36 credits)

IDS may be linked as an Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary Program only with the following programs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies:

  • African Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin America and Caribbean Studies
  • South Asian Studies.

Students must take at least 36 credits in IDS and at least 36 credits in the other interdisciplinary program. Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit. Courses taken to meet IDS requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the other interdisciplinary program. Students in these Honours programs must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000-level, including at least 6 credits in IDS and 6 credits in the other interdisciplinary program. For further details of requirements, see the listings for specific Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA Programs.

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

12 credits: 6 credits in each of two chosen areas of concentration


*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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