Bachelors of Arts in Development Studies

Compare 17 BA Degrees in Development Studies

Development Studies

Also known as a Bachelor of Arts, a BA is a generally a science, humanities or arts degree. This degree is on the undergraduate level and can take anywhere from three to four years to complete.

What is a BA in Development Studies? Often focused on theoretical concepts involving international development, courses within this degree may be structured to teach students about issues and themes in international relationships. Often, instructors round the lessons off with lecturers and in-class discussions. Some course plans may have students go through case studies or immerse themselves in an in-depth overview of the global economy and world market.

Employers appreciate students with high analytical skills, interpersonal communication skills and an ability to look at a business as a broader global entity. Students with a BA in Development Studies often develop these skills and may have them to rely on in the job market.

If cost is an issue, keep in mind that all schools may set their prices differently. Look for a school that fits your budget before you make a choice.

Careers in development studies might use a student’s knowledge in economics and politics in an international system. An understanding of poverty and inequality can possibly lead to jobs as refugee support workers. The idea is that these workers can empathize with and understand the struggles of the people they work with. In addition, students may find careers as customs officers and child protection officers. Graduates with a strong command of writing may also consider journalism as their career of choice. Journalists who can understand global issues and analyze international policies are usually in high demand.

To achieve a bachelor’s degree in development studies, you can take classes online or find a university close to home. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies (IDS)

Canadian Mennonite University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2019 Canada Winnipeg

International development studies (IDS) is the study of poverty, inequality and how to create change and make the world a better place to live. Students explore the ethics around what it actually means to provide help to someone living in poverty, as well as best practices in poverty reduction and making a long-term difference in people's lives. [+]

International development studies (IDS) is the study of poverty, inequality and how to create change and make the world a better place to live. Students explore the ethics around what it actually means to provide help to someone living in poverty, as well as best practices in poverty reduction and making a long-term difference in people's lives.

Food justice, disaster response, Canadian aid policy, environmental sustainability, armed conflict, disease, and education are examples of topics that IDS touches on. Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in International Development Studies provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and include significant depth in IDS. This major is designed for students interested in global justice, citizenship, and sustainable development. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment or vocation with valuable skills, communication, writing, analytical, critical thinking, and organizing. A three- or a four-year B.A. in IDS also serves as a sound basis for launching into professional studies such as community development, public policy, social work, law, and so on.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Community Economic and Social Development

Algoma University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2019 Canada Sault Ste. Marie

The only undergraduate degree of its kind in Canada, this distinctive interdisciplinary program integrates several disciplines including Community Economic & Social... [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Community Economic and Social Development

The only undergraduate degree of its kind in Canada, this distinctive interdisciplinary program integrates several disciplines including Community Economic & Social Development, Social Welfare, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, Economics, and Business Administration. The creation of an undergraduate degree linking the economic health and social well being of smaller urban, rural, Northern and First Nation communities has responded to an important societal need, and equipped professionals with the knowledge and competencies to become innovative and effective practitioners. Graduates are also eligible for certification by the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) and the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO).... [-]


BA in Development Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

This degree is aimed at understanding the issues of poverty, inequality, injustices and changing societies. Students acquire knowledge as well as practical and academic skills with regard to the attempts to address these challenges by means of development projects, programmes and policies. This involves the management and evaluation of interventions as well as the contexts that are relevant. Development Studies is presented as multi-disciplinary and holistic. As one of the few undergraduate programmes in Development Studies in the country, this qualification is a strong basis for a career in the field of development or further study in Development Studies. [+]

This degree is aimed at understanding the issues of poverty, inequality, injustices and changing societies. Students acquire knowledge as well as practical and academic skills with regard to the attempts to address these challenges by means of development projects, programmes and policies. This involves the management and evaluation of interventions as well as the contexts that are relevant. Development Studies is presented as multi-disciplinary and holistic. As one of the few undergraduate programmes in Development Studies in the country, this qualification is a strong basis for a career in the field of development or further study in Development Studies.

The curriculum for BA (Development Studies) consists of 22-semester modules compiled as follows:... [-]


BA Hons in Development Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

Students must complete five courses in the Development Studies Honours programme: three are compulsory and two are electives. One of these courses is an independent research paper carried out under the supervision of an academic in the Department. [+]

Students must complete five courses in the Development Studies Honours programme: three are compulsory and two are electives. One of these courses is an independent research paper carried out under the supervision of an academic in the Department.

There are five courses in the Honours programme:

The first course, offered in the first semester, is a compulsory theory course that delves into the undergirding of Development Studies by adopting an approach based on what we call ‘historical political economy’. It combines classical social theory and political economy with history and policy analysis, tackling the academic and policy discourses that have evolved in this discipline in the last fifty years within their global political and economic context.... [-]


BA Burmese (Myanmar) and...

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

One of the most exciting aspects of the combined degree in Burmese at SOAS is the very rare opportunity to spend a year in Burma/Myanmar. The numbers of students taking up the Year Abroad option have been few in recent years, but those that have undertaken it have had wonderful experiences and the benefits for their proficiency in Burmese are obviously considerable. Students should expect to go to Burma alone or with one or two others at the most. [+]

BA Burmese (Myanmar) and...

Duration: Combined Honours - 3 years or 4 years (including a year abroad). Students can also take Burmese throughout their degree and spend their year abroad in Burma by taking the programme BA South East Asian Studies (including a year abroad).

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DDM Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AABBB Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 80% French Bacc: 14/20 German Abitur: 2.0 Italy DES: 80/100 Austria Mat: 2.0 Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects ... [-]

BA Thai and...

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

Thai may be combined with another Asian language or with a non-language discipline (Development Studies, Economics, Geography, History, History of Art/Archaeology, Law, Management, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology or Study of Religions). In addition, Thai may be combined with French; in this combination the European language portion of the degree is taught at University College London, to which initial applications should be directed. The general pattern is that the two-subject degrees are taken over four years, with the third year being spent on a programme of study in Thailand. [+]

BA Thai and...

Programme Code: See 'Maybe Combined With:'

Duration: 3 or 4 years

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DDM Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AABBB Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 80% French Bacc: 14/20 German Abitur: 2.0 Italy DES: 80/100 Austria Mat: 2.0 Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects Combinations

May be combined with

Development Studies, TLJ9 BA/DVSSEA Economics, TLJC BA/ECSEA French** Geography*, TLJR BA/GESEA History, VTCJ BA/HSEA History of Art/Archaeology, VTJ3 BA/HAASEAS International Relations, LTG4 BA/IRT Law, TMJC BA/LWSEA Linguistics, TQJD BA/LGSEA Music, WTHH BA/MSSEA Politics, TLH2 BA/POLSEA Social Anthropology, TLHP BA/SASEA Study of Religions, VTPJ BA/SEASR ... [-]

BA South East Asian Studies and ...

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

BA South East Asian Studies (Combined Honours) is a three-year programme that strikes an exciting balance between the study of a South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai or Vietnamese), the cultures of the region and a second subject in another discipline. [+]

BA South East Asian Studies and ...

Programme Code: See 'May be Combined with ..'

Duration: 3 years

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DDM Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AABBB Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 80% French Bacc: 14/20 German Abitur: 2.0 Italy DES: 80/100 Austria Mat: 2.0 Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: While a foreign language at A-level will be useful we strongly encourage students with less traditional backgrounds to apply or to discuss their application with the department.... [-]


BA Middle Eastern Studies and ...

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

This is a three-year programme that combines the study of the basics of one or more modern Middle Eastern languages and their cultural background with another subject. The list of second subjects is currently under development. [+]

BA Middle Eastern Studies and ...

Duration: Three years

Entry Requirements

Development Studies, TL6X BA/MESDVS Economics, TL61 TL61 BA/MESEC Geography*, TL67 History of Art/Archaeology, TV6H BA/MESHAA Law, TM61 BA/MESLW Linguistics, TQ61 BA/MESLG Music, TW6H BA/MESMS Social Anthropology, TL66 BA/MESSA Study of Religions, TV6P BA/MESSR

*taught at King’s College, London

Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The BA Middle Eastern Studies and … is a three-year programme that offers students the opportunity to study the history and culture of the Middle East alongside with acquiring competence for one or more Middle Eastern languages. The two-subject degree allows students to combine the study of the region of the Middle East with a specific discipline. All disciplines at SOAS are taught with a regional focus on Asia and Africa, and students will be able to choose modules in their second subject that supplement their 2 interest in the Middle East as a region.... [-]


BA Economics and ... (two subject degree)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 - 4 weeks September 2019 United Kingdom London

Two-subject degrees take three or four years depending on the subject involved. Some two-subject courses in Economics and a language (like Japanese, Chinese or Arabic) take four years and include one or two years of language alone and an extended visit to the country concerned. Others, like Economics and History, Politics or Urdu take only three years. [+]

BA Economics and ... (two subject degree)

Programme Code: See May be Combined With

Duration: 3 or 4 Years

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DDD Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AAAAA Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 85% French Bacc: 15/20 German Abitur: 1.5 Italy DES: 85/100 Austria Mat: 1.5 Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Plus a minimum of Grade B at GCSE for those without A-level Maths.

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications may be invited.... [-]


BA Development Studies and...

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

This exciting programme offers a challenging, multi-disciplinary exploration of international development, poverty, and economic and social change in non-western countries. Based upon the internationally recognized research expertise of the staff at the Department of Development Studies, the programme gives students the opportunity to explore social, political and economic changes in the developing world. It examines key issues and themes in international development, as well as analyzing the roles and impact of a wide variety of formal and informal development actors. [+]

BA Development Studies and...

Programme Code: See May be Combined With

Duration: Combined Honours - 3 years or 4 years when combined with a Language

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DDD Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AAAAA Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 85% French Bacc: 15/20 German Abitur: 1.5 Italy DES: 85/100 Austria Mat: 1.5 Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for the interview.... [-]


BA African Studies and ...

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

This 3-year degree focuses on the languages and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. It includes the study of an African language and a wide choice of module units in the related cultural fields of Literature, Art, Performance, and Religion-Philosophy. The languages normally available are Amharic, Hausa, Somali, Swahili, Yorùbá, and Zulu. [+]

BA African Studies and ...

Programme Code: (see May Be Combined With)

Duration: 3 years

Alternative entry Requirements

BTEC: DDM Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AAABB Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 80% French Bacc: 14/20 German Abitur: 2.0 Italy DES: 80/100 Austria Mat: 2.0 Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: No preliminary knowledge of the subject or an African language is required.

Interview Policy: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for the interview.... [-]


BA Development Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

This exciting programme offers a challenging, multi-disciplinary exploration of international development, poverty, and economic and social change in non-western countries. Based upon the internationally recognized research expertise of the staff at the Department of Development Studies, the programme gives students the opportunity to explore social, political and economic changes in the developing world. It examines key issues and themes in international development, as well as analyzing the roles and impact of a wide variety of formal and informal development actors. [+]

BA Development Studies

Programme Code: L905 BA/DevS

Duration: 3 Years

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DDD Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AAAAA Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 85% French Bacc: 15/20 German Abitur: 1.5 Italy DES: 85/100 Austria Mat: 1.5 Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview

Mode of Attendance: Have you got a passion for addressing the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community? The BA Development Studies programme draws upon the significant expertise of our academic staff. This exciting programme examines key topics in international development while analyzing the roles and impact of a wide variety of regional and international actors. By the time you graduate, you will have cultivated a deep knowledge of the causes of - and responses to - poverty, marginalization and vulnerability in developing countries and the process of dramatic social, economic and political change.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts (Honours or General) in International Relations and Development Studies

University of Windsor, Undergraduate
Campus Full time 4 years September 2019 Canada Windsor

If you are considering a career in a competitive global environment, this program is for you. This program will provide you with the skills to compete in a highly competitive global marketplace. [+]

Program Description

If you are considering a career in a competitive global environment, this program is for you. This program will provide you with the skills to compete in a highly competitive global marketplace. It will be of particular interest if you are interested in a career in International Diplomacy, International Organizations such as the UN, Non-Governmental Organizations, and International Business.

A Rigorous, Enriching Program

This is a unique and interdisciplinary program that combines several academic disciplines into a varied and fascinating study of global politics. Our program is based on a set of core, political science courses and two concentrations selected from Economics, Gender, History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Sociology, Geography and Globalization, and Languages (choice of French, Arabic, German, Italian or Spanish). The International Relations program combines several academic disciplines into a varied and fascinating study of global politics. Our faculty members conduct cutting-edge research in areas such as con ict resolution and Track II diplomacy, development and aid strategies, food security and hunger, international policy analysis, international trade, Middle Eastern and Islamic politics and religion and politics. International Relations and Development Studies at UWindsor offers you courses in World Politics, International Human Rights, International Conflict Resolution, Principles of International Law, International Political Economy, Languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, German, Italian), International Trade, Middle East Politics, US Foreign Policy and Women and War.... [-]


BA Honours in International Relations and Development

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London

The course provides a theoretical framework for understanding the international distribution of power at the global, regional and national levels, and we aim to enthuse and inspire you by building close links to government bodies and the policy world. [+]

Development Studies focuses on international development and the challenges associated with the political and economic change in the international system. The course considers the relationships between the global North and South, examining how colonialism and capitalism have shaped our contemporary world. You will explore global poverty and inequality and the impact of globalization on different parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, China, India, Central Asia and Latin America.

The course provides a theoretical framework for understanding the international distribution of power at the global, regional and national levels, and we aim to enthuse and inspire you by building close links to government bodies and the policy world. A degree in Development Studies and International Relations will prepare you for professional life in a range of sectors, including the Civil Service, media, public policy, NGOs, teaching and further research.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies

Africa International University
Campus Full time 4 years May 2019 Kenya Nairobi

The Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies is a four-year undergraduate programme that combines general education with a basic study of community development. It is designed to develop a consistent Christian vision and approach to community development and poverty reduction. [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies is a four-year undergraduate programme that combines general education with a basic study of community development. It is designed to develop a consistent Christian vision and approach to community development and poverty reduction. This will be attained by helping the students to acquire relevant knowledge, skills and competencies geared towards empowering communities to manage their own initiatives for social transformation. Students in this programme will major in one of two areas: Sustainable Community Development Urban Development.

A track in international development will be developed at a future date.... [-]