Major Worksheet

Requirements as of Fall '20

Course Descriptions

IDS course descriptions

Degree Planner 

3 &  4-year 


IDS Senior Thesis


Enrollment Tips

FALL 2024  

Fall Courses Here


Click HERE for past course offerings


Session A                    Session C

Travel Study                                    


Study abroad courses and UC/Non-UC courses

Petition for Committee Review


2023-24 IDS Unique Courses 

• IDS 1 and core courses are offered once a year. All courses are also offered in the Summer. All restrictions and pre-requisites are lifted in Summer.
• If all 4 Core Classes are taken, one course can be used as Social & Critical Theory.

Subject to change

Fall 24 Winter 25 Spring 25

Hannah Appel

IDS 110
Joseph Wright
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 160
Jennifer Jung-Kim
Variable Topics


IDS 130
Kevan Harris
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 140
Alden Young
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 191
Jennifer Chun
Capstone Seminar

IDS M120
Dan Posner
Core Class OR
Social & Critical Theory

IDS M150
Michael Ross
Social & Critical Theory

IDS 191
Alden Young
Capstone Seminar

IDS 191
Shaina Potts
Capstone Seminar


 • Spend 3 quarters researching a topic on development you are passionate about

 •  Individual writing mentorship from a UCLA faculty member

 • Add Departmental Honors recognition to your diploma and transcript 

 • Strengthen research skills for graduate school and career




 Apply now for the 2024-25 school year!

Deadline: Monday of Week 2 of Fall Quarter

Mandatory Meeting for Students Week 3 of Fall Quarter




Zoe Reinecke, 2021 IDS Honors Alumna

Zoe Reinecke, 2021

Honors Thesis title: “Non-Governmental Organizational Responses to the Educational Needs of Refugees in Kenya During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Through her thesis, Zoe aimed to inform of ways in which policy can be leveraged to improve the educational experiences of refugees. Her best piece of advice is to go for it! She recommends finding a mentor you respect and who is invested in your research and your future. Read more here.



Hayley Farrell, 2022 IDS Honors

Hayley Farrell, 2022

Honors Thesis title: “Globalization and Developing Economies: Implications for Ghana's Poultry Farmers”

Hayley aimed to examine how the poultry industry in Ghana has been impacted by imported chicken and other global factors. Her best piece of advice is to take advantage of the many opportunities available at UCLA beyond just completing coursework! Read more about her time in Ghana here.




  • Be officially declared as an IDS major
  • Completion of any 2 core IDS courses: (IDS 110, M120, 130, 140). Students may petition to apply with only 1 core course complete.
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA for all upper division IDS courses
  • Must have secured a faculty advisor
  • Submit the IDS Honors Application and have your advisor complete the faculty form.

*Petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis


  1. Attend an online or/and in-person library research workshops/tutorials on narrowing down your topic, finding sources, organizing information, etc.
  2. Attend the mandatory Spring Undergraduate Research Workshop  and complete the worksheet to start narrowing down your topic and turning your topic into research questions!
  3. IDS Library Resource Guide: Find journals and sources for your thesis. Created by your librarian!

Click below to watch the recording of our 2024 Senior Thesis and Honors Workshop!





Design and conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty advisor culminating in an honors thesis. Application is due by Monday Week 2 of Fall quarter.

Application Faculty Form Honors Booklet



Past IDS Honors Thesis Titles   Past IDS Honors Theses







These are also available on the WI+RE website, and on the Library's YouTube channel!

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From Left to Right Olivia Gonzalez (Student Advisor), Prof. Cindy Fan (Vice Provost), Khonzoda Murodkhujaeva, Alexis Daetz, The Honorable Paul Krekorian (President of Los Angeles City Council), Samhita Mallavarapu, Mikayla O’Conner, Prof. David Kim (Associate Vice Provost)*
*Names without titles are 2023 IDS student awardees

IDS Academic Award

One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior for exceptional academic achievement in the International Development Studies major.

Eligible applicants must be:

  1.  International Development Studies major (double majors are also eligible)
  2.  A senior graduating in any quarter of the 2023-2024 academic year, or Fall 2024
  3.  In good academic standing with overall GPA of 3.75 in upper-division major coursework

 Applicants must submit:

  1.  Brief application form (found below)
  2.  Resume
  3.  A writing sample (5 to 10 pages) on any issue in international development (can be from a past course)

Deadline: May 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM

Apply HERE


IDS Activist Award

One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior to recognize their outstanding commitment to making a difference on issues significant to international development through activism, service and leadership.

Eligible applicants must be:

  1.  International Development Studies major (double majors are also eligible)
  2.  A senior graduating in any quarter of the 2023-2024 academic year, or Fall 2024
  3.  In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in upper-division major coursework
  4.  Able to demonstrate, through their work in local, national, or international organizations, their commitment to making a difference on issues linked to international development

Applicants must submit:

  1.  Brief application form (found below);
  2.  Resume
  3.  An essay (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced) that describes previous work related to international development and plans after graduation: work may include campus organizations, internships, and volunteer or paid work either in the U.S. or abroad. See below for full prompt. 


ESSAY PROMPT: In no more than 2 pages, double-spaced, please describe previous work that clearly demonstrates your commitment to making an impact on issues significant to international development through activism, service, and/or leadership. Work may include engagement in campus organizations, internships, as well as volunteer or paid work either in the U.S. or abroad. Please include the nature of your participation, duration of activities, and reflect on what these experiences have meant to you personally, how they relate to IDS themes, and to your plans after graduation.

Deadline: May 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM

Apply HERE

UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)+

  • Summer, semester and year-long programs in 42 countries. Take a Virtual World Tour 
  • Many programs offer internships, research, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Financial Aid available.
  • Visit the UCLA International Education Office for a complete list of programs including summer programs.

Approval Process

1. Use database to find approved programs and courses for IDS

2. Email potential course descriptions to our office for pre-approval

3. Submit official petitions upon your return!



 IDS Database 


Travel Study +

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  • 10 UCLA graded units (two classes: Glbl St 110A and 110B)
  • One course can be applied to International Development Studies major Disciplinary Elective requirement
  • All programs are taught in English (there are no language prerequisites).
  • 3-4 week-long summer programs
  • Financial aid might cover part of the cost, check with Financial Aid office for details.  
  • Registration begins on November 18. To register, visit the IEO website

Quarter in Washington (UCDC)+

Reducing Poverty: approved to fulfill INTL DV 191 (senior seminar) requirement.

Researching World Politics: approved to fulfill Disciplinary requirement.

I A STD 195CE: can be petitioned for Regional or Disciplinary requirement.

International Institute Events

Attend numerous events on specific world regions and pressing global issues. For upcoming International Institute Events, visit the Event Calendar. 


 Event Calendar


International Institute Open House

International Institute Career Panel

Recommended Campus Groups

  • Global Development Lab - Equips students with skills and resources necessary to foster global development initiatives.
  • GlobeMed at UCLA  - Promoting global health equity through partnerships and sustainability.

       Find more UCLA student groups HERE


All Regions



Program-Specific Aid

Students studying abroad through programs below are eligible for funding.

General Study Abroad Scholarship Sites

  • UCLA Summer Travel Study Scholarships & Other Scholarship Opportunities
  • UCLA Scholarship Resource Center-Study Abroad Scholarships
    Search for scholarships, grants, & fellowships. Located at 233 Covel Commons. For more information, call (310) 206-2875
    Forum on Financial Aid-Sources and Tips for Study Abroad Funding
  • UCLA Career Center Lab & UCLA Library
    There are numerous books available that highlight financial aid for specific programs and destinations. Here are a few to look into:
    • Financial Aid for Study Abroad by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber.
    • Work, Study, Travel Abroad: The Whole World Handbook, Council on International Educational Exchange.
    • Financial aid for research and creative activities abroad, Reference Service uclPress.
    • Financial aid for study and training abroad, Reference Service Press.
    • Financial resources for international study: a guide for U.S. nationals, Institution of International Education.



UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Awards:

  • Travel Grants
    Funding for presenting a paper at a regional / national conference
  • UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
    2-quarter (Winter and Spring) research project / honors thesis
  • UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP)
    Completion of Honors Thesis or 199 project during senior year


  • UndocuBruins Fellowship Program: a fellowship program that ensures all students, regardless of immigration status, have the opportunity to receive financial support and achieve their educational and professional goals. Application closes August 29th, 2022.
  • Mariposa Achivement Project (MAP) Scholarship: MAP Scholarship was created to support undocumented students cover the cost of academic materials. Application will close on September 23, 2022.

Summer Research Opportunities


The Departmental Scholar Program (DSP) allows exceptional juniors and seniors to pursue the bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously. It offers advanced students access to graduate level classes and an opportunity to do graduate level research under the direct supervision of UCLA's distinguished faculty.

International Institute Academic Programs that have participated in the Departmental Scholars program in the past include:


Students seeking nomination to the Departmental Scholar Program should review the eligibility criteria on the UCLA Honors Programs website.

Application Process

A completed application must include all of the following materials before being considered for admission:

  • Statement of Purpose –No more than two pages in length. Statement of purpose should describe academic, and/or professional experience
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – Letters should be from tenured UCLA faculty members as specified here
  • Writing Sample – A research paper or other writing sample that well demonstrates writing and analytical skills (10 pages maximum). The goal of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to write professionally and clearly. For that reason, the writing sample should be written in English.
  • Transcript (can be unofficial)

For more information please contact:

Yumi Kinoshita, Academic Advisor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256  Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Zoom meetings can be scheduled here. 

For general information on becoming a Departmental Scholar, or to see if other departments offer similar programs, please contact College Honors.


Meet your Major/Minor Advisors!

We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops and events. 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.


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