Humber’s Bachelor of International Development degree program is an interdisciplinary program that provides you with a solid theoretical foundation in sustainable international development studies and its related disciplines, as well as professional and technical skills in development management. The program is designed specifically to bridge the gap between theory and practice by building hands-on project management skills and capabilities. The program fosters a comparative understanding of developed and developing countries - countries of the global North and South - through directed study, analytical research and opportunities to travel that provide cross-cultural learning experiences.
Your core courses, in which you’ll develop professional competencies, include four streams: international development studies, supplementary disciplines, management skills and research skills.
The 14-week/420-hour work placement is from May to August following Semester 6. A placement advisor will support your efforts to find a position that fits your academic and career goals. Your placement will give you the opportunity to explore the field of international development, as well as gain the hands-on, real-world experience that employers value. We will work with employers and our partners to help you identify the best opportunities to pursue.
The Humber Experience
Over the 8 semesters of the program you will gain a solid foundation in development theory and build the management skills required to identify, design and implement international development projects anywhere in the world. Upon graduation you will be able to step out of the classroom and into the field in a way that contributes to positive change in the global south. Humber has chosen faculty for this program based on their expertise and experience managing international development projects under real-world conditions. Many faculty members continue to work with various international non-governmental organizations.
Three students in the Bachelor of International Development degree program are among seven Ontarian youth who received the Global Changemaker Award. Sarah Judd, Lainey Oleka and Robin Sagi received the award from the Ontario Council for International Cooperation for their work spearheading the Fair Trade Campus initiative at Humber College, increasing public awareness in ethical purchasing, and moving the campus closer to being designated fair trade.
Humber is home to the International Development Institute (IDI), an institute with over 30 years of international development experience that brings new ideas from the field to the classroom. Projects that Humber graduates have been involved in have focused on building the capacity of Southern partner institutions in a range of sectors, including entrepreneurship, small enterprise development, microfinance, public management, applied technology and vocational education.
IDI initiatives also include events such as the IDI Symposium held at Lakeshore Campus involving faculty, students and many key representatives from the NGO industry. Students participate in breakout sessions alongside NGOs to discuss current international development issues. International Development Week is another enriching experience held annually at Humber and organized by students. This week long event includes industry guest speakers, a marketplace developed with industry partners as well as interactive workshops and events.
Humm - PIRG is a public interest research group that gets Humber students involved and compassionate about local and global issues.
International Development Week 2016 Video Showcase
IDW OPENING CEREMONIES
IDW NGO MARKETPLACE
IDW PANEL A RIGHT TO WATER
IDW TRIVIA SMACKDOWN
IDW PANEL THE MYTH OF WATER ABUNDANCE IN CANADA
The Benefits of Choosing a Humber Degree
Degrees on a Common Platform
The Business School offers a variety of Bachelor of Commerce degree programs on a common platform with pathways to areas of specializations. This gives students the time to decide on their career path while they are gaining insight into the fundamentals of business.
You’ll learn from professors who hold a variety of relevant graduate degrees and have professional and practical experience in the field of international development. Most work in the field, either directly within developing countries or through international development organizations here in Canada. Placements offer professional experience where you will employ and further develop relevant competencies.
MSc (Comparative Politics) - The London School of Economics BA (Political Scienc) - Trent University Professor
MSc (International Development Studies) – University of Guelph BA (English) – University of Waterloo Professor
PhD (Theory and Policy Studies) – University of Toronto MA (Theory and Policy Studies) – University of Toronto BA (Political Science and History) – University of Toronto Professor and Program Coordinator
MBA (Business Administration) – University of Liverpool BA (Economics) – University of Essex Professor
MBA (Cross Enterprise Leadership) – Richard Ivey School of Business BSc (Computer Science) – McMaster University BSc (Computer Engineering) – University of Baghdad Professor
PhD (Political Science and International Development) – University of Guelph MA (Political Science) – University of Calgary BA (Political Science) – University of Lethbridge Professor
MSc (Agrarian Economics) – University of Sussex BA (Economics) – University of Sussex Professor
International project manager, international logistics manager, international program co-ordinator, rural or northern community development officer, international program development officer, gender specialist, grant writer, researcher – these are all careers you can pursue as a graduate of our program. The program gives you the necessary skills and tools to work in a wide variety of international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank or Asian Development Bank; non-governmental organizations like World Vision, Eqwip Hubs, WUSC, Save the Children Canada and Right to Play; government agencies such as Global Affairs Canada; entrepreneurship or economic development agencies; and businesses that focus on international development and management such as Agriteam Canada.
Career Paths of International Development Graduates in Canada
What path will your career take after graduating with a degree in International Development Studies?
Follow the link to view the results of a recent study of more than 20 International Development Studies programs in Canada, including Humber’s, and see what recent graduates are up to. Be sure to watch the video, too!
Kent Schroeder, program coordinator of the International Development Degree, received the “certificate of appreciation” from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, during a conference in the South Asian nation in November.
Humber has been granted consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this honours degree for a seven-year term starting October 12, 2011. An application for renewal of the consent has been submitted to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and the current consent remains in effect until a decision on the renewal application is made. Humber shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
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