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Program Spotlight: Bachelor of International Development at Humber College

When you think about post-secondary education, do international studies, political science or government administration cross your mind? The Program Spotlight series of articles will review selected college and university programs geared to those exploring education and career options in international relations and/or government.


The International Development program at Humber’s Lakeshore campus gives students the ability to explore theories of international development, and it also provides students with important management and technical skills. As opposed to solely focusing on theoretical learning, this program includes practical project management learning opportunities as well. Through study, research, and analysis, students delve into the notions of developed and developing countries. The Bachelor of International Development is offered in four distinct streams:

  • International Development Studies
  • Supplementary Disciplines
  • Management skills
  • Research skills

This program is multi-disciplinary and features courses from various disciplines such as anthropology, economics and management. It is housed within Humber’s Business School, which allows students to learn beyond International Development Studies. Some examples of courses are as follows:

  • Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Environmental Studies
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Development
  • Canadian Overseas Development Policy

Students of this program also have the opportunity to participate in a 14-week placement after completion of their 6th semester. Students work with advisors to secure relevant positions that match their career and educational interests.

International Development Institute (IDI)

Aside from theoretical and hands-on learning, and the practical work placement, Humber students can leverage the International Development Institute (IDI), in which they can access workshops, conferences and research resources. Humber College has been in the business of international development for over 30 years, and through the institute, it highlights best practices in International Development Partnerships, Research, People, and Innovative Projects. For example, Humber is currently working with universities in Sulawesi, Indonesia, to help capacity building in the realms of entrepreneurship and business support services. The institute gives students the opportunity to participate in the federally funded International Youth Internship Program. Students spend six months working in various development capacities, and the goal here is to support the federal government’s development priorities, which include the security of children/youth, economic growth and food security.

Final Thoughts

What can you do with this degree? According to Humber College, this program equips students with the necessary skills and tools to develop careers as project managers, program coordinators, community development officers, grant writers and researchers. Students will develop the necessary skills to work in international organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, and NGOs such as World Vision and Right to Play. In addition, it is noted that students will also have the skills necessary for government work, economic development work and various businesses.

Do you want to learn more? Check out this video overview of Humber’s Bachelor of International Development for more detailed information. Good luck!


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Jeyolyn Christi
Jeyolyn Christi is a registered social service worker and a Master of Public Service graduate who has experience working in non-profit organizations, government, and international development. Her research and professional interests lie in refugee resettlement, community development, government administration, and project management.