Build a better world. We’ll give you the toolkit.
Learn to tackle issues of economic inequality, social injustice, and environmental change. Build capacity to solve problems at the local level. We’ll give you lots of tools to put in your toolkit, including business skills, problem solving, cultural understanding, economic development, social accounting, and more.
Meanwhile, adding some environmental studies, social sciences, and language courses will strengthen your adaptability and thinking skills. You’ll graduate knowing how to design development projects that are ethical, environmentally sustainable, culturally responsible, and scientifically accountable.
- Work overseas for eight months. Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and human rights during an eighth-month field placement in Africa, Latin America, or Asia, doing anything from creating an education program at a refugee camp to promoting sustainable buying habits in Vietnam.
- Create friendships for life. You’ll be part of a tight-knit community of people committed to creating a better world. You can even room and study with your classmates in the Environment Living Learning Community.
- Offered as a regular program only
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies
- Offered by the Faculty of Environment
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take a mix of courses in International Development, Economics, Geography and Environmental Management, and Planning.
Learn more about the courses you'll take for your International Development major.
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You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
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What can you do with an International Development degree?
Graduates typically pursue careers working for non-profit organizations both within Canada and internationally – as well as in education and research, policy development, and more.
- Development Coordinator – Partners in Health Canada
- Marketing and Communications Officer – MEDA
- Environmental Advisor Intern – CNCR
- Project Coordinator – Uponor
- Local Immigration Partnership Officer – Warden Woods Community Centre
- Special Projects Coordinator – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
- Coordinator, WE Day Retail Operations – We Charity
Learn about the future of careers in the environment and sustainability field.
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, these are common areas our graduates pursue.
- Political science, public policy, global governance
- Business and international affairs
- Development practice, environment and resources studies
- Global issues, policy, and human rights
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (final grade of 70% is required)
Admission average: Low 80s
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How to apply?
Apply directly to this program on your application.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?
Contact Graham Barnes, our recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.