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Global Development Studies

Study the Global South—the Asia-Pacific region, Africa and Latin America. Understand the history, theories and practices of global development. Study colonialism, global patterns of poverty and inequality, and development aid.

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Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
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Areas of focus

  • Culture and society
  • Democracy
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Global health
  • Human rights and gender
  • Migration and mobility


  • International development worker
  • Domestic or international non-profit sector worker
  • International work for government or business sector
  • Humanitarian or refugee resettlement professional

Sample courses

  • Introduction to Global Development Studies - GDS 201
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Development Studies - GDS 202
  • Working in Global Development - GDS 301
  • Special Topics in Global Development Studies - GDS 390
  • Global Development Studies Capstone Seminar - GDS 400


This program can be added to your primary degree as a minor, enabling you to broaden your studies. You can declare your minor after one or more years of full-time study at UVic.

Your academic advisor can help you plan your courses to ensure you meet the requirements of both your major and minor programs.

English language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency to attend UVic. Your transcripts are enough to prove proficiency if you've studied full-time in an academic program at the high school or post-secondary level within Canada for at least four years, and all of your instruction was in English.

Learn about UVic's English language requirement.

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