Department of Global Development Studies

Global Development Studies (DEVS) is an interdisciplinary department that empowers students to understand the driving forces of change across our interconnected world. To open up a wide range of career choices and options for further study, our programs connect big-picture analysis with grounded problem-solving approaches. This unique combination gives students the practical skill sets to help them realize their commitment to making the world a better place.

Undergraduate Program

The Global Development Studies undergraduate programs offer students a comprehensive understanding of current social, economic and environmental challenges from the local to the global. Alongside our diverse in-class and online course options, we provide compelling opportunities for international experiential learning and work experience.

Learn about our Undergraduate Program.

Graduate Program

DEVS graduate programs offer the specialist knowledge and tangible skills that students need to promote equitable and sustainable development in a world beset by stark inequalities, political turbulence and pressing environmental challenges.

Learn about our Graduate Programs.

Live, Study, and Learn in South Africa

The Summer Semester Abroad is designed to allow third and fourth year Queen's students the opportunity to live and study in Johannesburg with an integrated program of courses and experiential learning. Based at the University of Witwatersrand - one of the world's leading universities - the program involves taking two 7-week courses alongside actively engagement with South African culture and society under the guidance of a local South African instructor.

Live, Study, and Learn in South Africa

Recent News

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English: DEVS affirms covenants made by our forebears to live in peace and friendship with Indigenous Peoples in their lands

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DEVS is also proud to support the recommendations of Yakwanastahent茅ha Aankenjigemi Extending the Rafters: Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Report, as well as the Report of the Principal鈥檚 Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion