International Development Studies

 

The central objective of the program is to engage students with debates around the widening patterns of disparities of wealth, power, privilege, and access to social justice that occur both within and between the countries of the Global North and Global South.  


Through an interdisciplinary lens, the International Development Studies (IDS) major offers students the opportunity to study, analyze, and critically assess the social, political and economic forces that, throughout history, have shaped inequality in the modern world. The central objective of the program is to engage students with debates around the widening patterns of disparities of wealth, power, privilege, and access to social justice that occur both within and between the countries of the Global North and Global South. The IDS curriculum introduces students to key theoretical debates around development, detailed case studies of successful and failed interventions, and provides methodological training. Core and elective courses illuminate the extent to which realities that affect people often arise owing to economic class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, migrant status and other identities, and investigate the impact of policy solutions and forms of citizen engagement on communities and the environment. IDS students are trained to both think critically about these issues and explore ways to engage with development work at home and abroad, through experiential learning, internships, immersive study abroad programs, independent faculty-guided research, and collaborative group projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Development Studies Major

  • Interdisciplinary Major
  • Study abroad and internship credit may fulfill major requirements
  • Small core courses and senior seminar 
  • Optional senior thesis where students can earn Departmental Honors

Common topics of concern to students in the International Development Studies major include:

  • The History of International Economic Expansion
  • Development Theory & Aid Institutions
  • The Consequences of Rapid Urbanization
  • Population-Resource Issues
  • The Transfer of Resources
  • Conflict Resolution & Diplomacy
  • International Migration & Refugee Relief
  • War and Political Violence
  • Health, Illness, and Health Services
  • Food Security & Self-Sufficiency
  • Human Rights & Environmental Justice
  • Political Stability & Democratization
  • Survival of Indigenous Societies
  • Conflicts between Modernity & Tradition
  • Inequalities of Wealth & Power at all Levels
  • Relationships between Development & Underdevelopment
  • Cultural Identity and Cultural Production
  • Gender Disparities in the Developing World
  • Globalization as a Contributor to Development and Underdevelopment

 

 

 

 


INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE 2019-20

Michael F. Lofchie, Chair, International Development Studies

Victor Agadjanian, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Andrew Apter, Ph.D., Anthropology, History, International Institute
Judith A. Carney, Ph.D., Geography, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Jennifer J. Chun, Ph.D., Asian American Studies, International Institute
Kevan Harris, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Patrick C. Heuveline, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology

Edmond Keller, Ph.D., Political Science, emeritus
Nancy E. Levine, Ph.D., Anthropology
Michael F. Lofchie, Ph.D., Political Science
Shaina Potts, Ph.D., Geography, International Institute
Ananya Roy, Ph.D., Social Welfare, Urban Planning
Eric S. Sheppard, Ph.D., Geography
Christopher L. Erickson, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost, International Institute, ex officio

 

2017-2018 IDS Academic Senate Review Report

 

ZOOM ADVISING HOURS (subject to change)

By appointment at least 5 hours in advance. Please be on time as 5 minutes late is considered a no show.

Week 1 and 2: Current UCLA and recently admitted students Only

Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Speak with Sandy or Karen

 

Meet your Advisors!

We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops and events that focus on academic and professional planning, inspire exploration of research, internship opportunities and experiences abroad. We are committed to fostering growth, enthusiasm and pride for our International Institute majors and minors in addition to empowering our students to draw connections between their UCLA experience and their personal and professional ambitions. Our ultimate goal is to encourage our students to make a positive impact in the world both during and after their college careers as informed and responsible global citizens.

 

We can assist you with:

  • Thoughtful academic and professional planning
  • Exploration of research
  • Inspire internship opportunities and experiences abroad
  • Helping you connect your major to your career and personal goals
  • Clarifying the scope and requirements of the major or minor

Contact Us

Email: idps@international.ucla.edu

 Virtual advising hours: Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Fri: 10:00am - 12:00 pm

Office: 10270 & 10274 Bunche Hall 

 NOTE: We will not be in our physical offices until further notice. 

Our Students

The Academic Programs offered through the UCLA International Institute allow students to focus on a particular area of study - either a specific geographic area, or a global comparative and issue-oriented approach - through a variety of disciplines across campus. The Institute also offers its own courses taught by core teaching faculty under the following subject areas: African Studies, Global Health, Global Studies, International & Area Studies, International Development Studies, International Migration Studies, and Latin American Studies.

 

B.A. just the starting point for these graduating seniors

Kyilah Terry (B.A., European Studies 2019) is headed to graduate school this fall, while Maria Amaya Morfin (B.A., International Development Studies 2019) is currently preparing for the GRE and grad school applications.
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Two projects win funding at Global Development Lab showcase

The winning projects will provide an Internet connection for Atutur Hospital in Kumi, Uganda, and deliver food and after-school tutoring to unsupervised children in Tijuana, Mexico, respectively.
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International internship: Enabled Children's Initiative

UCLA senior Kawsar Nasir Ahmad did a 10-month internship with the Afghanistan-based Enabled Children's Initiative, an experience that has only solidified her plans to work for Doctors without Borders after she becomes a doctor.
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Our Alumni

Alumni of the UCLA International Institute Academic Programs live across the globe, and are involved in a multitude of fields, including the education, government, cultural, nonprofit, health, legal and business sectors and international affairs. Below are a few bios of our alumni.

  

Global Studies graduate wins UCLA Young Alumnus award

Katya Daniel (UCLA 2008) was named 2019 Young Alumnus of the Year at the annual UCLA Alumni Association awards ceremony held June 8, 2019, at the Luskin Conference Center.
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UCLA and an international career were not on his radar screen

The winning projects will provide an Internet connection for Atutur Hospital in Kumi, Uganda, and deliver food and after-school tutoring to unsupervised children in Tijuana, Mexico, respectively.
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Chasing race car dreams

UCLA senior Kawsar Nasir Ahmad did a 10-month internship with the Afghanistan-based Enabled Children's Initiative, an experience that has only solidified her plans to work for Doctors without Borders after she becomes a doctor.
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More Alumni Stories>>