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What classes do I need for the IDS major?
You can find information about requirements for the IDS major on the Major Worksheet
How do I get into the IDS major?
Complete all non-language preparation courses, and one modern foreign language equivalent to UCLA level 3. Remaining language courses may be completed while you have major standing.
All preparation courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade.
The GPA for all preps must be a minimum of 2.00.
Submit an online application including your Statement of Interest by the end of fall quarter of your sophomore year and no later than Fall of junior year. Students will be notified if they are admitted into the major Week 2 of winter quarter.
What are the GPA requirements to enter the major?
The IDS major requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the preparation courses. There is no minimum grade requirement for individual courses as long as you get above an 'F'. So, even if you get a 'C-' (or all the way down to a 'D-') in one course, it will still count towards the preparation requirements as long as you've met the GPA minimum with the other courses for the preps.
What does a Statement of Interest entail?
There are many ways to answer the following questions but the best answers will give us a clear account of whether your interests align with the courses you will be taking as an IDS major, ways in which you can contribute to the major, what you hope to gain from it while at UCLA, and who you are as a person. Please refrain from discussing future career goals—we want to know how the IDS curriculum (courses, study abroad, internships) will help you make the best of your time while here at UCLA. Please answer the following questions in one cohesive paragraph and be careful to proof-read for grammatical errors. Essays over 300 words will not be read.
You may use the questions below as reference when crafting your statement. Please note that you don’t need to answer all of them.
- Why do you want to pursue IDS rather than another UCLA major that has an interdisciplinary approach and/or international focus?
- What personal experiences—within and/or outside of school--have inspired you to pursue this major?
- What is one issue explored in IDS you hope to learn more about through the IDS major? Be specific.
- What skills do you hope to take away from the IDS major?
- What is the one thing you would like to change the most in the world as it relates to developing countries?
Please visit our website to learn more about the major, the required and elective courses and learn about the difference between IDS and other majors; this will help in writing a more comprehensive statement.
What are the ways in which I can fulfill the language requirement?
You can fulfill the language requirement by:
Taking a UCLA equivalent course of 2 years of any modern language OR
Taking a language placement test at UCLA's appropriate language departments (requirement can be fulfilled in part on in total by the test) OR
Being a native speaker who is born and raised in a non-English speaking country (subject to approval)
Can I minor in IDS?
No, the IDS program doesn't offer a minor.
Can I get a Minor in addition to my IDS major?
Sure, we encourage students to pursue a minor. The International Institute offers a variety of minors in International & Area Studies as well as Global Studies. (For a list of other minors the university offers, please visit the UCLA General Catalog and follow the link to Undergraduate Minors and Specializations.
Which regions does the IDS Region Area of Studies major cover?
a. East Asia and East Central Asia
b. Eastern Europe and West Central Asia
c. Latin America and Caribbean Basin
d. Middle East and North Africa
e. South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands
f. Sub-Saharan Africa
Can I use courses for both the major and the minor?
Yes, students can use up to 5 upper division courses towards both the IDS major and another major/minor. Keep in mind that there is no limit in the number of lower division courses students can overlap with other major/minor/GEs. Also, make sure to check with the department offering your other major/minor since they may have their own overlap restrictions.
Can I double major in IDS and another major?
In order to double major, you first need to have taken all the preparation courses for both majors plus two upper division courses in each major. However, you may submit the IDS online application before having completed the requirements for your other major and once admitted to IDS, you have the option of completing all requirements listed above for both majors and may submit a double major petition. For additional information please visit the College of Letters and Science website
The College's rule is that no more than 5 upper division courses may be common to both majors. Courses used for preparation requirements are not counted in this overlap.
For additional information please visit the College of Letters and Science website
What are the GPA requirements once I'm a declared major?
Note that the IDS major requires a minimum GPA of 2.00 for all upper division courses combined for the major, not a particular grade in any one course.
Note: students entering IDS after Fall 2010 need to obtain at least a "C" on the following courses: Intl Dv 110, M120, 130.
How do I get into a "majors only" class?
You need to be a declared major to take these courses, except during the Summer sessions, which generally are not restricted to majors
Can I repeat a course if I got a C?
No, you can only repeat if you receive a 'C-' or below. The newer grade will replace that of the previous one in your GPA (as long as you haven't exceeded the 16 unit repeat limit). You are not required to do so, however. For additional information please visit the College of Letters and Science Website.
How do I get a PTE?
PTE stands for "Permission to Enroll." PTE's are not given out in this office. Please contact the professor to inquire about a PTE #.
What is a 199 (Independent Study) course and is it possible to have it apply towards the IDS major?
199 are independent studies courses in which you work directly with a professor on a course of study agreed upon by both of you. If you take a 199, you can have it count towards Part 4 (Regional or General Electives) for the IDS major. The department the 199 is listed under doesn't matter. However, the topic must be related to the courses that are already applicable to the major. Before enrolling to a 199, file a preliminary petition with our office to see if the topic of your paper is applicable to the major. Once approved, create a “Contract Course” through MyUCLA. Official approval of the 199 course, however, will be based on the final paper.
Is it possible to apply courses not already approved towards the IDS major?
For courses not already approved for IDS, please submit a Petition for Chair Review that can be found on our "Courses" tab
Can I take any courses P/NP to count towards the major?
All courses for the major, including preparation courses, must be taken for a letter grade, regardless if they are taken at UCLA or elsewhere. While grades for non-UC courses do not get figured into the UCLA GPA, the grade will appear on the institution's transcript. If you choose to take a course P/NP, you can still get unit credit towards your degree, but won't count for your major. For more information, see the "Transfer Credit & Study Abroad Credit" link from the IDS homepage.
How do I remove an incomplete once I finish the work?
Once the instructor receives your completed work by the end of your next enrolled term, he/she will complete the paperwork with the department.
The Incomplete notation is still on my transcripts even after I finished the assigned work.
An Incomplete grade will never be replaced or removed from your DPR. The new grade will appear on your DPR the quarter the coursework was completed.
STUDY ABROAD/INTERNSHIPS/GRAD SCHOOL
I want to study abroad, can I have courses apply towards the major?
Yes, this will of course depend on where you study abroad and if the courses you take are applicable to the IDS major. All courses must be pre-approved, but final approval is determined by the IDS chair via a petition (once you come back from abroad and courses have posted to your DPR). The number of courses you take abroad will depend on how long you intent to study abroad for. Visit our Travel Study tab and the International Education Office for study abroad programs
Do you have a graduate program?
The IDS program does not have a graduate program in International Development Studies at UCLA.
You might want to inquire about the programs offered through the UCLA School of Public Affairs and Social Research, or the UCLA Political Science Department, You can also find additional information on the Graduate School Information for IDS Majors link, available from the IDS homepage, or at http://www.gradschools.com/. If you’re interested in specific programs offered at UCLA, you can search UCLA Graduate Division for specific programs and requirements: http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/deptinfo/deptinfointro.asp
How do I get information on scholarships, internships, and jobs
You can obtain up to date internship and job opportunities by following us on twitter or by simply checking our twitter feed on the left column of our website.
You can also obtain more information about these right on the "Jobs and Internships" tab
For Jobs opportunities, you may contact or meet with an adviser from the Career Center . To receive academic credit for an internship, you may enroll in I A ST 195CE, visit the Center for Community Learning for additional information. If you wish to use this course towards IDS major requirements, please counsult with the IDS advisor.
For Scholarship information, please contact the Scholarship Resource Center:
UCLA Faculty Research Interests page.
Is there an order to the classes?
All preparation courses must be taken before you can officially enter into the major. Many classes also have prerequisites, so please check with the department or consult the current schedule of classes for prerequisites. Students must have completed IDS 110, IDS M120 and IDS 130 (these three courses do not have to be sequential order) before taking IDS 191.
Are IDS M120 and Poli Sci M167C the same?
You can enroll under either listing, IDS M120 or Pol Sci M167C, as the courses are equivalent. The DPR should recognize this and apply either towards the IDS major.
I took a class at a Community College, will it transfer to UCLA?
The courses usually transfer and will show on your transcripts. However, if they have not been posted, you need to make sure your community college sent the transcripts to UCLA admissions.
Can I start major classes before I am officially accepted into the major?
Yes, you may take any approved courses towards the IDS major, as long as it is not restricted and you meet the required prerequisites.
Where can I find my DAR?
You can access your DAR from URSA. If you need assistance understanding it, see a College counselor or your major's counselor for assistance.
Can I get credit for my AP courses?
It depends on the class and the score you received. Please refer to the Admissions website for more information, and click on Credit from Advanced Placement Exams if you have additional questions, please contact our office
Questions that go beyond your major (e.g., max units, adding, dropping classes, incompletes, pass/no pass units, GEs, minimum progress, expected cumulative progress, academic probation, graduating in absentia, academic residence, repeating courses, etc.) should be addressed to your college counseling unit. Visit the College of Letters and Science FAQ's webpage for assistance here.
How do I get into IDS Departmental Honors Program?
You can find information on the Honors Program here.
What are your office hours? Where are you located?
Our office hours are 10-12 and 1-4 pm, Monday-Friday. We are located in 10359 Bunche Hall.
How do I locate one of my professors?
Please go to the UCLA directory: www.directory.ucla.edu
Which professors do you recommend?
The best way to learn about professors is by talking to students who have already taken a particular professor's course. There is also www.bruinwalk.com for student feedback.
You can also obtain more information on a professor's background on the Faculty link on the right side of the IDS homepage or by going to the department homepage of the faculty member or the International Institute Centers.