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Program Summary

(Multidisciplinary; Department of Economics)

According to the executive summary of the “White Paper” on International Development Studies in Canada published by the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) and the North-South Institute in October 2003, “the study of development provides a window on the world of inequality and the possibilities of overcoming it both internationally and domestically.” At Carleton, students pursuing the Global Development specialization will gain a multidisciplinary perspective on this broad and important field by taking foundational courses in anthropology, economics, geography, and political science. The program’s core courses together with a rich selection of electives will help students understand the way the world is unfolding in the face of increasingly urgent challenges from climate change to human security to global epidemics. This specialization will be of particular interest to students who aspire to work on development issues in various government departments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and certain types of companies operating internationally.

What students are saying about Global Development


I chose the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) program to broaden my perspective surrounding issues of inequality and poverty on a global scale. Through my specialization in Global Development, I have gained interdisciplinary knowledge that has helped me think critically about approaching such issues, as well as my role as a global citizen. Being surrounded by a group of globally-minded academics has challenged me, inspired me, and allowed me to build life-long relationships. I have also seen what I have learned in class come to life through my International Experience Requirement.
Aynsley Persad, Global Development

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