What is International Development Studies at UCLA

IDS is a selective major that allows students study, analyze, and critically assess the social, political and economic forces that, throughout history, have shaped inequality in the modern world. Engage with debates around the widening patterns of disparities of wealth, power, privilege, and access to social justice that occur in the Global North and Global South.

The IDS Major Features

Current students must apply to be admitted
Interdisciplinary Major- 11 Upper Division courses
Study abroad and internship credit may fulfill major requirements
Small core courses and senior seminar
Optional senior thesis where students can earn Departmental Honors

Independent faculty-guided research

Common Courses explore topics such as:


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

Policy Solutions and case studies of successful and failed interventions

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE 2022-23

Jennifer J. Chun, Chair, International Development Studies

Victor Agadjanian, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Hannah C. Appel, Ph.D., Anthropology, International Institute
Andrew Apter, Ph.D., Anthropology, History, International Institute

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

Michael F. Lofchie, Ph.D., Political Science
Shaina Potts, Ph.D., Geography, International Institute
Alden Young, Ph.D., African American Studies, International Institute

 

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT BRUINS

Information on healthy and safety, campus life, nature of instruction, and more to help you navigate your UCLA experience.

See the Guidebook here

Meet your Major/Minor 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. 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.

 

Global Studies & IDS Advisor Sandy Valdivieso

Sandy Valdivieso

 

Global Studies & IDS Advisor

Liz Alvarez

 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 your Counseling Unit with questions about GE/IGETC Requirements, Course Add/Drop Petitions, Degree Plan Contracts, College-specific requirements, Holds, Grad Checks, Probation status, Readmission, etc.

Contact the Registrar's Office with questions about registration, fees, classes, etc.- view FAQ's

E-mail us

 Please include your name and UID in all emails. idps@international.ucla.edu

Appointments

Current UCLA students only. If you're not a UCLA student, please e-mail us. The appointment will be cancelled if you're not present (online or in person) within 5 minutes of the scheduled time. Our offices are located in Bunche Hall 10270 & 10274. MY.UCLA APPOINTMENT SCHEDULER 

 

 

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>>