International Development Studies



International Development Studies (IDS) is an interdisciplinary major that challenges students to explore the causes and consequences of processes that promote some individuals, communities, and nations, and exclude others. IDS students are prepared for citizenship in an increasingly interdependent global community and are encouraged to envision paths towards a transformed, just world. The IDS program focuses on development processes at the global, national and community levels, but gives particular emphasis to development at the community level and to the work of non-governmental organizations and popular movements.

International Development Studies can be taken alone or it can be effectively combined with another program at The University of Winnipeg, such as Anthropology, Conflict Resolution Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Studies, Politics, or Sociology.

As of June 30, 2023, no students will be admitted into the three-year or four-year International Development Studies program. The IDS program is being discontinued. Current students majoring in IDS will be able to complete their program of studies. Most courses will be offered online and some courses may be offered in-person at University of Winnipeg (UW) or at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).



Bachelor of Arts – 4 Year - International Development Studies

The 4-Year IDS major is designed to serve students who plan to work in the field of development, whether overseas or in North America. It also qualifies graduates for further studies in IDS or a related field.

Bachelor of Arts – 3 Year - International Development Studies

The 3-Year IDS major is designed to serve students with an interest in international issues, who intend to pursue related professional degrees such as law, journalism, nursing, education, etc. This degree will also support you in attaining an entry level position in the field.

Bachelor of Arts – Minor - International Development Studies

The BA minor in International Development Studies is designed to serve students with an interest in international issues who are completing majors in a related field such as conflict resolution, economics, environmental studies, gender studies, politics, etc.


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Graduate Programs

Upon completing an undergraduate degree, many Menno Simons College students decide to pursue a Master's degree in an area related to International Development Studies. Review the lists of graduate schools and programs available to you:


Career Possibilities

Graduates find careers in:

  • human rights agencies
  • community development
  • immigrant and refugee organizations
  • research and policy development
  • health services

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To learn more about International Development Studies at Menno Simons College, please contact our Menno Simons College Academic Advisor, River Woods, at

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