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Associate of Arts degree International and Development Studies option

Careers related to International and Development Studies

This program is designed to provide a sound background for students who intend to pursue careers in businesses with interests overseas, church work in the third world, teaching, journalism, community relations, translation, international development work, the travel industry, diplomacy, government, international trade and commerce, as well as for those wishing to prepare for advanced scholarly work and research. Currently the International and Development Studies option focuses on Latin America.

International and Development Studies field school

Optional field schools and study tours of three to six weeks duration are organized on a regular basis. A typical field school in Latin America of a three-week duration would cost approximately $2,000 plus meals. A field school certificate will be awarded to those students successfully completing this aspect of the program.

Work experience

It is recommended that students undertake an average of three hours per week voluntary work during at least one semester of the second year in the program. This can be fulfilled in a number of ways and might include activities involving community education, non-governmental organizations, church groups involved in international issues, etc. Students will thus be introduced to the work world as it pertains to the international sphere, blending academic studies with the realities of employment.

It may be possible to arrange employment opportunities, probably on an exchange basis, in the regions of specialization. This can only be done for individuals who have taken the appropriate language courses.

Entrance requirements

See the Associate of Arts degree section for details on entrance requirements and application procedures.

Program requirements

The Associate of Arts International and Development Studies option requires a minimum of 60 credits transferable to at least one of UBC, UNBC, UVic, or SFU, of which 15 must be from UCFV. No course will be used to meet more than one of the following specific requirements. Students must achieve an average overall grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses that could apply towards the associate degree.

Sample program outline

Year 1

First semester

Course Title Credits
English 105–170 or one of CMNS 125, 155, 251 3
ANTH 102 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology  
 or ECON 102 Twentieth Century Economies  
 or GEOG 140 Human Geography  
 or POSC 190 International Relations  
 or POSC 290 International Organizations  
 or SOC 101 Introductory Sociology I 3
Humanities 100-level 3
LAS 100 Images of Latin America  
 or LAS 102 Latin American Study tour 3
MATH/Stats/COMP course 3 (+1)
Total   15

Second semester

Course Title Credits
English 105–170 or CMNS 125, 155, 251 3
SOC 250 Sociology of Development — The Third World Experience 3
Humanities 100-level 3
LAS 110 Pre-Columbian, Hispanic, and African Heritage of Latin America  
 or HIST 261 Latin American History: The Colonial Experience  
 or HIST 262 Latin American History: The National Experience 3
Lab Science 100-level 3 (+1)
Total   15

Year 2

First semester

Course Title Credits
ANTH 220 Culture Change: People of the Third World 3
LAS 200 Introduction to Latin American Issues 3
GEOG 233 Selected Regions  
 or GEOG 241 Social Geography  
 or GEOG 242 Economic Geography  
 or POSC 230 Comparative Politics  
 or SCMS 255 Introduction to Social Research 3
Elective 100- or 200-level 3
Science elective 3 (+1)
Total   15

Second semester

Course Title Credits
LAS 201 Artistic Expression in Latin America 3
GEOG 233 Selected Regions  
 or GEOG 241 Social Geography  
 or GEOG 242 Economic Geography  
 or POSC 230 Comparative Politics  
 or SCMS 255 Introduction to Social Research 3
Elective 100- or 200-level* 3
Arts elective 200-level* 3
Elective 100- or 200-level 3
 or previous credit (+3)
Total   15
     
Total Credits   60

* Recommended courses: ANTH 102, ECON 102, GEOG 140, GEOG 242, POSC 190, POSC 290, SOC 101.

Note: You are responsible for prerequisite courses and may wish to use them to meet the above requirements where applicable.

Subject areas

Please see this section for a list of the subject areas which apply to Associate of Arts program categories.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.


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