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BA Global Development Studies (3 year)

Learn about different strategies to craft positive social change through online courses that examine the multiple notions of freedom, democracy and progress that inform different visions of development. In this general BA, you'll gain effective written communication skills and learn to critically appraise diverse arguments and interpretations including Aboriginal and indigenous perspectives on settler colonialism.

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Program Plan

The Bachelor of Global Development Studies program plan consists of 90.0 units. 60.0 of these units are electives which can be taken from any subject, at any level and in any order, as long you have (or obtain) the prerequisites for any 200 or 300-level courses. The other 30.0 units must be taken as described below. Note: Courses may not be offered every term.

Core courses (12.0 units) offered online

Option courses (18.0 units) offered online

Electives (60.0 units)

60.0 additional units selected from all course offerings.

How do I apply?

Admission Requirements

Queen's Arts and Science Online has several admission categories for students with diverse educational backgrounds. View them all here

Submit an Application

To apply for a Queen's online program, simply submit an online application directly through our website here.

How Online Learning Works

Click here to learn more about when to access your course, time commitments, exams and more.

What can I do with my degree?

Can I apply to Grad School?

Admission requirements for graduate programs vary by institution and program. If your education goals include attending grad school, we recommend that you to speak to the receiving institution and compare our programs to their admission requirements. It is currently not possible to complete an Honours degree online at Queen's.

Possible Career Fields

Your BA in Global Development Studies can lead you to a wide variety of career fields, which may include:

  • Agriculture 
  • Business development 
  • Community development 
  • Corporate training 
  • Disaster relief 
  • Ecological restoration 
  • Education 
  • Ethics 
  • Fair trade 
  • Food security 
  • Foreign affairs 
  • Fundraising 
  • Health administration – community and public health 
  • Human rights 
  • Immigration 
  • International development 
  • Law 
  • Radio and TV 
  • Journalism 
  • Editor 
  • Policy analysis and development 
  • Public Health 
  • Public service, policy and administration 
  • Refugee settlement 
  • Research 
  • Social Work 
  • Tourism and trade 
  • Translation 
  • Urban and regional planning 

*Some careers may require additional training.