International Development Studies


  • About IDS

    Why are the poor countries poor? Why are the rich countries rich? What can be done to enable poorer countries to become better off? Do policies that narrow the economic gap between nations worsen or ameliorate the socio-economic inequalities within them? Are the factors that have widened socio-economic inequalities in the developing world the same or different than those in more fully industrialized countries? To address these questions, students in the IDS major focus their studies on the cultural, political and economic realities of the developing world, which includes the countries of Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

    QUICK FACTS

    •  Interdisciplinary Major
    •   Study abroad and internship credit may fulfill major requirements
    •  Small core courses and senior seminar
    •  Senior Thesis option that leads to Departmental Honors

    SCOPE OF THE MAJOR

    IDS students' educational experiences are balanced between applied, field case-study learning and theoretical, conceptual knowledge. We believe strongly that these two types of learning are inseparable, and are useful for work in academia, government agencies, private industry, or non-governmental and non-profit organizations.  Most importantly, the program assists students in developing critical thinking skills with insight into, and knowledge of, the complex and diverse world community.

    INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

    Our approach enables students to address the challenges of development from several different academic lenses. Ranging from Anthropology to Economics, Public Health to Women's Studies, Geography to History, Political Science to Sociology and more, our curriculum exposes students to the concerns of developing countries from diverse perspectives. This approach is indispensable to the understanding global development issues in a holistic and robust way for both practical and scholarly purposes.

    FIELD EXPERIENCE AND STUDY ABROAD

    The program values field experience involving travel, study and/or work in regions in the Developing World. Thus a strongly encouraged (though not required) aspect of the major is study abroad, especially in a developing region, and to intern with a local, national, or international community development agency/organization. While encouraging the acquisition of theoretical and conceptual knowledge, the program is equally concerned with their practical application to global realities.

    THEMES

    Common topics of concern to students in the International Development Studies major include:

    • The History of International Economic Expansion
    • Development Theory & Aid Institutions
    • The Consequences of Rapid Urbanization
    • Population-Resource Issues
    • The Transfer of Resources
    • Conflict Resolution & Diplomacy
    • International Migration & Refugee Relief
    • War and Political Violence
    • Health, Illness, and Health Services
    • Food Security & Self-Sufficiency
    • Human Rights & Environmental Justice
    • Political Stability & Democratization
    • Survival of Indigenous Societies
    • Conflicts between Modernity & Tradition
    • Inequalities of Wealth & Power at all Levels
    • Relationships between Development & Underdevelopment
    • Cultural Identity and Cultural Production
    • Gender Disparities in the Developing World
    • Globalization as a Contributor to Development and Underdevelopment 



  • Applying to the Major

    All UCLA students who plan to pursue the IDS major must apply for entrance to the major.

    INCOMING UCLA STUDENTS:

    Freshmen  may be admitted to UCLA as Pre-International Development Studies majors; however, they will still need to apply for the major by Fall of sophomore or junior year.  Students may apply again Fall of junior year if not admitted as sophomores. 

    Transfers: may be admitted to UCLA as pre-International Development Studies, however, they still need to apply for the major by Fall of Junior year. See our Transfers Tab for additional information.

    **Students admitted under another major may also apply to switch to IDS.  Please attend UCLA Orientation and request to attend the IDS departmental session to learn more.

     

    CURRENT UCLA STUDENTS:

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

    Students are highly encouraged to apply Fall of their sophomore year and no later than Fall of their junior year (3rd year). Seniors may not apply. Applications are available during Fall only.

    • Complete all preparation courses no later than the end of the Fall Quarter during which you apply with a minimum UC GPA (average) in prep courses of 2.00 (courses in progress during the Fall are accepted)
    • Complete at least level 3 of a foreign language (equivalent to three quarters at UCLA)*
    • Submitted completed application during Fall by the deadline 

    *Level  6 (or Spanish 5) of foreign language is required to complete all preparation requirements, but can be done once accepted to the major. You may be in progress to finish level 3 during the Fall you apply. 

     

    ADMISSION CRITERIA

    • Meeting the minimum preparation requirements does not guarantee admission.
    • Space is limited; therefore the application process is very selective. Admission rate is typically 60%.
    • Applications are assessed based on: 
    1.  IDS preparatory UC GPA: The average prep GPA in the 2016-2017 period was 3.3 and admission rate was 70%
    2. Statement of Interest: Please review the FAQ's tab for more details on how to write an effective Statement of Interest. You must answer, in 300 words, “Why do you want to major in IDS?” Your answer will give the committee a clear account of whether your interests align with the courses you will be taking as an IDS major, what you hope to gain from it while at UCLA, and who you are as a person.  NOTE:  a high GPA does not guarantee acceptance to the major, as the statement is equally important. 

     

    BACK UP MAJORS

     Students should have a backup major in mind in the event they are not accepted to the IDS major. Possible back up majors are: International Area Studies (African & Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies), Anthropology, Asian Languages & Cultures, Comparative Literature, English, History, Geography, Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, Afro-American Studies, Spanish.

    THE APPLICATION

    IMPORTANT: Before you start the Application, make sure to model your DARS for IDS and check that all preps for IDS are showing up in the correct fields. If they are not, please contact the IDS Advising Office.

    The online application will include some of following information:

    • Name:
    • UID:
    • E-mail:
    • Completed Prep Requirements: 
    • Degree Expected Term:
    • Back-Up Major:
    • Short Statement of Interest: Why are you interested in pursuing the IDS major? Your answer will allow the committee to learn about your background and whether or not you are a good fit for the program (300 words). Tips and additional instructions can be found on our FAQ's page.
    • Relevant Experience: What experiences have you had related to international development? You may include extra-curricular activities, research experiences, study abroad, etc. (Please list them)

    The application is only available in the Fall Quarter.

    Notifications: Applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail within the first two weeks of Winter Quarter. Please refrain from inquiring about your application status until then.

    Please feel free to contact our office at idps@international.ucla.edu if you have any inquires about this application.



    The 2017-2018 online application will be open on:

    November 6 and will close on Nov 26 at 11:59 pm 

    INFO SESSIONS: Thursday, September 28, 5pm 10383 Bunche Hall

                             Wednesday, October 4, 5pm 10383 Bunche Hall

     

     

    APPLY HERE


  • Courses
  • Transfer Students

    INCOMING STUDENTS

    WELCOME to UCLA!

    UCLA admitted transfer students declared under ANY major are eligible to apply to IDS, however, pre-IDS students will have priority to be admitted over students planning to switch or add IDS as a double major.

    Incoming transfer students must apply Fall of their junior year (your first quarter at UCLA). Application information and dates are available under the Applying to the IDS Major tab. Please make sure you sign up for summer orientation and sign up to attend the IDS Departmental counseling session to learn about requirements and application process.  Please e-mail us if you can't attend orientation at idps@international.ucla.edu.

    FUTURE UCLA APPLICANTS

    In addition to reviewing Assist.org and UCLA's Admissions page make sure to review our website for additional major information. Please remember:

    • You will have to submit a supplemental application to be admitted to the IDS major after your are admitted to UCLA
    • You may complete the foreign language requirement (intermediate level) at UCLA via placement exam or appropriate coursework, or abroad.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

    If you hold an F1 visa and attended high school where instruction was not in English, the IDS foreign language requirement may be waived. Please check with your IDS counselor.

    CURRENT UCLA STUDENTS

    Please review the Transfer Student Handbook and let us know if you have questions!

     Also, don't forget to visit the Transfer Student Center

  • Study Abroad

    PARIS Global StudiesTravel Study Program

    Video by one of our 2014 Travel Study Scholarship winners Lauren Hearne

     

    INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE PROGRAMS

    Registration opens on November 15th! Automatic UCLA credit (units, grades, courses)

     

    Approved for: African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies

             Approved for Global Health minor and IDS major

      Approved for Global Studies, IDS and Asian Studies majors.

     

    OTHER PROGRAMS

    - UC summer programs (check the particular UC school Summer sessions website)

    - Education Abroad Program (EAP) Semester and year-long programs

    Non-UC Study Abroad Programs 

    Visit the UCLA International Education Office for a complete list of programs.

     

    MAJOR APPROVAL PROCESS

    Get approval for your major.

    1. Choose a Program

     2. Select Courses if applicable. Some programs have already assigned courses.

     3. Send course descriptions to your major/minor advising office for pre-approval.

     4. Apply or register for the program

     5. Submit official petitions upon your return (courses must be at least 4 units, Upper Division)

     

    FUNDING

    Check the IEO Scholarship page for a complete list of scholarships including the Global Studies Scholarship.


  • Faculty

    INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
    FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE 2017-18

    Michael F. Lofchie, Chair, International Development Studies

    Andrew Apter, Ph.D. (Anthropology, History)
    Judith A. Carney, Ph.D. (Geography, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
    Akhil Gupta, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
    Kevan Harris, Ph.D. (Sociology)
    Patrick C. Heuveline, Ph.D. (Sociology)

    Edmond Keller, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    Nancy E. Levine, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
    Michael F. Lofchie, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    David L. Rigby, Ph.D. (Geography, Statistics)
    Ananya Roy, Ph.D. (Social Welfare, Urban Planning)
    Eric S. Sheppard, Ph.D. (Geography)
    Christopher L. Erickson, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost, International Institute, ex officio

     


  • Research and Awards

    DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

     Design and conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty advisor,

    culminating in a 40 page thesis.

     

    APPLICATION FORM AND GUIDELINES

    Application is due no later than Friday of week 2 of Fall quarter. To access the application, see below: 

    Application Form and Guidelines 

     

    PREREQUISITES

    • Be officially declared IDS major
    • Completion of IDS 110 and IDS M120, or 110 and 130, or M120 and 130 (students may petition to apply with only one core course completed)
    • GPA for all Upper Division coursework for the IDS major must be at least 3.50
    • Must have secured a faculty advisor
    • Submit the IDS Honors Application

     

    COURSES

    The honors program consists of a three-quarter, directed-study series of courses

    IDS 198A is to be devoted to discussion and planning of the honors thesis, as well as a literature review, and will carry four units of credit and is to be taken for a letter grade. This should culminate in a 10-15 page literature review.

    IDS 198B is used for further literature review, as well as research investigation and data collection, culminating in a 12-15 page outline of the thesis, including a brief introduction, major arguments, and discussion of the evidence or data.

    IDS 198C, which culminates in a submitted thesis, is to be taken for a letter grade and carries eight (8.0) units of credit for both the 198B & 198C courses combined. 

     

    SELECTED THESIS TITLES

    List of thesis titles from recent IDS graduates who participated in the Honors program:

    • Government Capacity for Facilitating Economic Growth in Post-Liberation South Sudan: Challenges and Opportunities
    • A Historical Perspective of Women’s Property Rights in Singapore
    • Marginalizing Civil Society: Implications for Chilean Democracy
    • Chinese Presence in Africa: Trade, Investment, Diplomatic and Cultural Ties
    • The Role of Music in the Development of Brazil and Chile during the 1960’s through the 1980’s

    Complete list of IDS Honors Theses

     

    RESEARCH ASSISTANCE

    IDS Library Resource Guide 

     

    WRITING ASSISTANCE

    College Inquiry Labs

    CPO Writing Success Program

    Undergraduate Writing Center

    IDS SENIOR AWARDS

    IDS seniors are eligible for: IDS Academic Award and IDS  Activist Award.

    Note: You may apply to both categories but will only be awarded for one.

    IDS Academic Award

    One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior for exceptional academic achievement in the International Development Studies major.

    Eligible applicants must be:

    1.  International Development Studies major (double majors are also eligible)
    2.  A senior graduating in any quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year, or Fall 2017
    3.  In good academic standing with overall GPA of 3.75 in upper-division major coursework

     

    Applicants must submit:

    1.  Brief application form ( found below)
    2.  Resume
    3.  A writing sample (5 to 15 pages) on any issue in international development (can be from a past course)

    Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017

    To Apply for the Academic award, click HERE

     

    IDS Activist Award

    One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior to recognize his/her outstanding commitment to making a difference on issues significant to international development through activism, service and leadership.

    Eligible applicants must be:

    1.  International Development Studies major (double majors are also eligible)
    2.  A senior graduating in any quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year, or Fall 2017
    3.  In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in upper-division major coursework
    4.  Able to demonstrate, through their work in local, national, or international organizations, their commitment to making a difference on issues linked to international development


    Applicants must submit:

    1.  Brief application form (found below);
    2.  Resume
    3.  An essay (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced) that describes previous work related to international development and plans after graduation: work may include campus organizations, internships, and volunteer or paid work either in the U.S. or abroad. See below for full prompt. 

     

    ESSAY PROMPT: In no more than 2 pages, double-spaced, please describe previous work that clearly demonstrates your commitment to making an impact on issues significant to international development through activism, service, and/or leadership. Work may include engagement in campus organizations, internships, as well as volunteer or paid work either in the U.S. or abroad. Please include the nature of your participation, duration of activities, and reflect on what these experiences have meant to you personally, how they relate to IDS themes, and to your plans after graduation.

     

    Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017

    To Apply for the Activist Award, click HERE

     

    *Activist Award Recipients will be required to present on their work at the International Institute Undergraduate Research and Community Work end of the year event held 5pm Wednesday, May 17th. 

  • Campus Involvement & Internships

    If you have an internship available for students, please visit this page.

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    STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

    Recommended:

    INTERNSHIPS

    RECEIVE ACADEMIC CREDIT

    I A STD 195CE (International and Area Studies) allows students to receive academic credit for an internship. The internship should take place off-campus and may be paid or unpaid. It is expected that interns will contribute roughly 8-10 hours each week to their internship. For more information, click HERE

     

    FINDING AN INTERNSHIP

    1. ANSWER: What kind of work do you enjoy? In what specific area of development would you like to pursue a career (public health, planning, finance, human rights, education, environment, etc.)? What skills do you have or need to acquire and how will the internship help you meet those goals (field work, practical experience, opportunities for networking or building professional relationships)? What kind of institution do you want to work with? Do you have an interest in a particular geographical area or issue area? When do you want to do this internship? Are you willing to gain experience by volunteering alone, or are you only seeking paid internships?

    2. TALK: to other students who have had internships and with career advisors.

    3. SEARCH: Look for internships in BruinView, attend career center fairs, and follow us on twitter to learn about internship and job opportunities available to International Institute Students:

    INTERNSHIP RESOURCES

    Find internships on selected fields by clicking on the links below:

    1. UCLA Resources
    2. Governmental Organizations
    3. Intergovernmental Organizations
    4. International / General Development
    5. Environment
    6. Economics / Trade / Labor / Agriculture
    7. Health
    8. Relief / Food Aid / Community Development
    9. Education / Training / Technology
    10. Policy / Law / Human Rights
    11. Job Search Websites

     

     

     

    1. UCLA Resources

    UCLA Center for Community Learning

    UCLA Career Center

    UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP)

    UCLA International Education Office (IEO) / UCEAP Internships Abroad opportunities 

    UCLA Community Programs Office 

    UCLA Community Service Commission

    2. Governmental Organizations

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Center for California Studies: Executive Fellowship Program

    (also see Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program)

    State government: placement of offices of Governor's executive branch: Health and Welfare Agency, the Department of Finance, the Department of Social Services, the Governor's Office, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of the State Treasurer

    Sacramento / 1 year

    $1,882 / month plus benefits

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Environmental Science

    Washington D.C. and regional offices -- full-time (summer) or part-time (school year)

    Political Campaign Interns: Search Government internships under Bruin View

    Campaign development

    Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and California

    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): Volunteer Student Intern Program

    All fields relating to economic development

    Washington, D.C. and global

    U.S. Department of State Internship Program

    Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical Sciences

    Washington, D.C. or at Embassies / Consulates abroad / 1 semester or summer

    USA Jobs. U.S. Office of Personnel Management

    All Federal Government: Search:

    Co-Operative Education
    Federal Jobs by College Major
    Internships
    Outstanding Scholars
    Student Temp Educational Prog (STEP)
    Summer Employment
    Volunteer Service

    U.S.

    3. Intergovernmental Organizations

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Food Security, Rural Development

    Global

    International Labor Organization

    Employment, economics and statistics, labour law and labour relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labour, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

    Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

    Permanent Mission of Italy to International Organizations in Geneva

    All fields

    Global

    UNICEF -- Los Angeles Regional Office

    International children's health and well-being: Advocacy and Fundraising

    Los Angeles, semester or longer

    United Nations Development Program Internship Program

    All fields relating to Economic Development

    Global- pursue opportunities through country offices abroad

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    World Bank Internship Program / Young Professional Program / Junior Professionals Program

    All fields relating to economic development

    Washington, D.C.

    4. International / General Development

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    ACDI / VOCA

    All agriculture, rural finance, community development, business management

    Overseas / 2-4 weeks (some 1-2 month assignments)

    Amnesty International

    Law, international politics, international human rights law, international relations, intergovernmental organizations

    London, Geneva, New York / 6 months

    Council on International Educational Exchange Work / Volunteer Abroad Programs

    All fields

    Global

    The Foundation for Sustainable Development

    Microfinance/Microenterprise, Health, Environment, Gender Equity, Human Rights, Community Development, Youth and Education

    8-52 Week internship in Nicaragua, Argentina, Bolivia, India, Kenya, Uganda

    Global Volunteers

    Education, Child Care, Construction, Public Health

    Global and U.S.

    Idealist -- Action without Borders

    All fields

    Global

    International Cooperative Education

    Retail sales, supermarkets, hotels/restaurants, agriculture, offices, hospitals, banks, computer science, engineering, marketing, recreation, and teaching

    Belgium, Finland, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland / 1-3 months

    International Jobs Database

    All fields

    Global

    International Labor Organization

    Employment, economics and statistics, labour law and labour relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labour, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

    Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

    International Medical Corps

    Registered Nurses, Physicians, Psychosocial Advisors, Emergency Medicine Personnel, Public Health, Program Directors, Finance Officers, Nurse Practitioners, Logistics and Administrative Officers

    Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Pakistan, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 2 months or longer

    International Rivers Network

    Environmental Protection, Human Rights Advocacy

    Berkeley, CA, and international: Africa, India, Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America

    International Volunteer Programs Association Database

    All fields

    Global

    JET: Japan Exchange and Teaching Forum

    Teaching English as a Second Language

    Japan / 1 year

    OXFAM International

    All fields relating to development

    Washington, D.C., and international

    Parliamentary Monitoring Group, South Africa

    Democracy, Policy, Law

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Peace Corps

    Education, Business, Environment, Agriculture, Health, Community Development

    Global

    Population Services International

    Social Marketing for HIV/AIDS awareness, Public Health and Health Education

    Washington, D.C., Europe, Eurasia, Haiti / 1-2 semesters

    SOLIDAR

    International labor issues, social services, trade unions

    Brussels, Belgium

    Stanford University's Africa Internship Database

    All fields

    Africa, various countries

    Transparency International

    Global corruption, democratic / transitional governance, civil society

    Berlin, Germany

    United Nations Development Program Internship Program

    All fields relating to Economic Development

    Global- pursue opportunities through country offices abroad

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    University of Pennsylvania's Africa Internship Database

    All fields

    Africa, various countries

    Volunteers for Peace

    All fields

    Global and U.S.

    Volunteers in Asia

    English-language education and English-language resource development

    China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, U.S. / 1-2 year assignments

    5. Environment

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Center for Environmental Citizenship's Earth Net 

    Environment and Sustainable Development

    U.S.

    Coalition for Clean Air

    Environment, Advocacy

    Los Angeles

    Directory of Development Organizations

    All Fields relating to Development

    Global: sorted by World Region- excellent in-country contact information

    Environmental Careers Organization -- Sustainable Communities Leadership Program

    Urban Planning, Sustainable Development, Affordable Housing

    California -- 12-24 weeks

    Environmental Careers Organization Internship Database

    Environmental Science

    U.S.

    Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (IPED) at Fordham University's Database

    All Fields relating to Development

    Global

    Green Corps: Environmental Leadership Training Program

    Environment and Sustainable Development

    Boston and U.S.- 1-year

    Greenpeace

    Environmental Activism

    U.S.

    International Rivers Network

    Environmental Protection, Human Rights Advocacy

    Berkeley, CA, and international

    Population Institute -- Future Leaders of the World Fellowship

    Population growth, family planning, environment

    Washington D.C.- 1 year

    Reef Check Foundation

    Environment: Coral Reef Preservation

    Los Angeles

    Target Earth

    Sustainable Development

    Belize- 8 weeks

    Tufts University Development 

    All Fields relating to Development

    Global

    UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    6. Economics / Trade / Labor / Agriculture

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    ACCION International

    Microfinance, small loans to self-employed poor

    Boston

    ACDI / VOCA

    All agriculture, rural finance, community development, business management

    Overseas / 2-4 weeks (some 1-2 month assignments)

    Everett Public Service Internship

    Art, Education and Communications, Economic and Social Change, Environment and Health Advocacy, Social Justice and Human Rights

    *NOTE: Program is currently not offered. 

    Washington, D.C., New York City / 10 weeks

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Food Security, Rural Development

    Global

    International Development Exchange, IDEX

    Asia, Africa, Latin America: food security, indigenous people's rights, labor issues, micro-credit, popular participation, women's empowerment, youth action

    San Francisco

    International Labor Organization

    Employment, economics and statistics, labor law and labor relations, social security and conditions of work, management development, small industry development, occupational safety and health, vocational rehabilitation, vocational training, gender and development studies, elimination of child labor, social protection, information technology, human resources, financial and budget studies

    Geneva, Switzerland, or Field Offices

    Microfinance Gateway Database

    Microfinance

    International / U.S.

    Society for International Development -- Washington Chapter

    Economic Development- information exchange

    Washington, D.C. / 3 months or more

    SOLIDAR

    International labor issues, social services, trade unions

    Brussels, Belgium

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    Watts Labor Community Action Committee

    Community Development

    Los Angeles

    7. Health

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    A3M: Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches

    Public Health, Asian community

    Los Angeles

    African Community Resource Center

    African Refugees, Domestic Violence Prevention, Community Health Education

    Los Angeles

    APLA: AIDS Project Los Angeles

    Public Health, AIDS/HIV Community Education / Outreach

    Los Angeles

    BienEstar

    Public Health, Latino Community

    Los Angeles

    CEDPA: Center for Development and Population Activities

    Women's Reproductive Health, Family Planning

    Washington, D.C.

    Global Health Council Internship Program

    International Health Facilities -- Information and Resource Development

    Washington, D.C. and White River Junction, VT -- semester or summer

    International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

    HIV/AIDS, women's health, international public health

    Washington, D.C.

    International Medical Corps

    Registered Nurses, Physicians, Psychosocial Advisors, Emergency Medicine Personnel, Public Health, Program Directors, Finance Officers, Nurse Practitioners, Logistics and Administrative Officers

    Global / 2 months or longer

    L.A. Free Clinic

    Public Health and Health Education

    Los Angeles

    Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

    International Public Health

    New York

    Operation USA:

    Disaster Relief, International Public Health, Medical Supply Procurement

    Port of Los Angeles

    Planned Parenthood -- Los Angeles

    Public Health, Reproductive Health and Education

    Los Angeles

    Population Council

    International Public Health, Health Education

    New York, Washington, D.C., (international?)

    Population Institute -- Future Leaders of the World Fellowship

    Population growth, family planning, environment

    Washington D.C.- 1 year

    Population Services International

    Social Marketing for HIV/AIDS awareness, Public Health and Health Education

    Washington, D.C., Europe, Eurasia, Haiti / 1-2 semesters

    U.S. Doctors for Africa

    HIV/AIDS, International Public Health, Africa

    Los Angeles, Africa

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    8. Relief / Food Aid / Community Development

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Americorps

    All fields relating to domestic community development

    U.S., 10 months -- 1 year

    Beyond Shelter

    Housing, Community Development

    Los Angeles

    Bresee Foundation

    Community Development, Tutoring

    Los Angeles

    Center for the Pacific Asian Family

    Domestic Violence Prevention, Pacific Asian Community Development

    Los Angeles

    Chinatown Service Center

    Translation (Cantonese), Community Outreach, Tutoring

    Los Angeles

    Coro Fellows Program

    Community Development, Public Service / 9 months

    Los Angeles

    East Timor Action Network/L.A.

    Human Rights, East Timor, Indonesia, Advocacy work

    Los Angeles

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

    Food Security, Rural Development

    Global

    Food First

    Food security, human rights

    Oakland, "virtual" internships

    Habitat for Humanity -- L.A. Chapter

    Housing development for low-income communities, public outreach

    Los Angeles

    Inter Action: American Council for Voluntary International Action Database:

    Refugee Relief

    Various

    Operation USA:

    Disaster Relief, International Public Health, Medical Supply Procurement

    Port of Los Angeles

    Public Allies -- Los Angeles

    Community Development

    Los Angeles / 10-month apprenticeship

    Rav Tov Committee to Aid New Immigrants - Hayim Tovim Adult Day Care Center

    Mr. Uri Mayerfeld
    1061 S Fairfax Ave
    Los Angeles, CA, United States
    90036
    Primary Phone : (323) 937-5646 Ext: 103
    Email : ravtov@juno.com
    Fax : (323) 937-0491

    English language training, social work, Persian immigrant community development

    Los Angeles

    Relief International

    Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Aid

    Westwood, Los Angeles

    United Nations Development Program: UN Volunteers

    Disaster Relief, Development, Micro-finance, Environmental Science, Public Health

    Global

    Watts Labor Community Action Committee

    Community Development

    Los Angeles

    9. Education / Training / Technology

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Academy for Educational Development (Family Health International)

    Global education, health education and communication technology

    Washington D.C. / Ongoing

    America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST)

    Arab/Middle East studies, international education or international development

    Washington, D.C. / semester or summer

    Center for Democracy and Technology

    Internet policy; "Cyber-liberties" advocacy, free expression and privacy in global communications technology

    Washington, D.C.

    Institute of International Education

    Education / Academic Advising to international students about U.S. education

    Overseas- contact individual overseas offices

    Teach for America

    Public school teaching, community development

    U.S.

    VITA: Volunteers in Technical Assistance

    Training and Capacity Building in Computer/Internet Technology / Development

    Global

    Volunteers in Asia

    English-language education and English-language resource development

    China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, U.S. / 1-2 year assignments

    10. Policy / Law / Human Rights

    Organization / Search Engine

    Fields

    Location / Duration

    Amnesty International: Legal and International Organizations Program Internship Program

    Law, international politics, international human rights law, international relations, intergovernmental organizations

    London, Geneva, New York / 6 months

    Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center

    Legal dispute / conflict resolution, Asian Pacific community development

    Los Angeles

    Center for Democracy and Technology

    Internet policy; "Cyber-liberties" advocacy, free expression and privacy in global communications technology

    Washington, D.C.

    Center for National Policy

    Public policy think tank; policy research

    Washington, D.C.

    CHIRLA: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

    Immigrant Rights Advocacy, Immigration Law

    Los Angeles

    Everett Public Service Internship

    Art, Education and Communications, Economic and Social Change, Environment and Health Advocacy, Social Justice and Human Rights

    *Note: Program currently not offered 

    Washington, D.C., New York City / 10 weeks

    Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR):

    -Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship (9-12 months) $1600 / mth. + benefits

    - IWPR/GW Fellowship in Women's Public Policy Research $10,000 stipend and tuition and fees for graduate study at George Washington University

    Equal opportunity, economic and social justice for women

    Washington, D.C.

    New Voices National Fellowship Program: Ford Foundation and Academy for Educational Development-

    Foreign policy, international economic policy, peace and security, international human rights, women's rights, racial justice, migrant and refugee rights

    U.S.

    Parliamentary Monitoring Group, South Africa

    Democracy, Policy, Law

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Political Campaign Interns: Search Government internships under Bruin View

    Campaign development

    Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and California

    American Friends Service Committee

    Multiple internships for college students interested in social and economic justice, peacebuilding, international diplomacy

    Pennsylvania, U.S.

    Rock the Vote

    Voting outreach

    Los Angeles

    SAJE: Strategic Action for a Just Economy

    Poor and working class people's rights

    Los Angeles

    Transparency International

    Transparency, Democratic governance

    Berlin, Germany

    U.S. Department of State Internship Program

    Business or Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and the Biological and Physical Sciences

    Washington, D.C. or at Embassies / Consulates abroad / 1 semester or summer

    Women in International Security

    International Affairs, Gender Issues, Security

    Global

    11. Websites with Convenient Links

    Note: This is a work-in-progress. Your feedback is very important, so let us know which sites are more or less useful to you as you search for the right work experience. Also, let us know if and when you do get an internship as we'd love to hear about it! Please e-mail us at idps@international.ucla.edu. Thanks, and good luck in your search!

  • Graduate School Info

    Graduate School Information for International Development Studies Majors

    FIELDS OF STUDY

    The International Development Studies major is designed to introduce students to the broad array of disciplines that study the developing world. Pursuing an advanced degree specifically in development studies is certainly one option for IDS graduates, you may also pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) or doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a related field, such as political science, economics, public health, geography, urban/regional planning, education, sociology, anthropology, or public policy, while focusing their own research on specific development issues within that field.

    Many governmental, non-governmental, and inter-governmental development agencies that interest IDS graduates look to hire individuals with advanced degrees in fields directly related to the programs the agencies are undertaking. For this reason, IDS graduates should consider carefully the qualifications required for the types of jobs that interest them most, then pursue a graduate degree in accordance with these requirements. At present, it is rare to see a job announcement requiring candidates to have an advanced degree specifically in international development studies. On the other hand, a M.A. in urban planning, public health, political science, economics, public policy, etc., presents a wide range of career options, among these are careers in international development.
     

    Below are some examples of development careers that interest many IDS students, and the educational qualifications required for these positions:

    Agency

    Position

    Required Qualifications

    United Nations Development Program

    Junior Professional Officer

    Master's degree (or equivalent) in a development-related discipline

    United Nations Development Program

    Coordinator / Planner in Management Development

    Advanced degree in Public Administration, Urban/Regional Planning or equivalent

    Oxfam Great Britain

    Education Program Manager

    Advanced degree in education, with a strong focus on planning and management or teacher development

    Oxfam Washington D.C.

    Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy

    Advanced degree in relevant social sciences (e.g. political science, law)

    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    Economic Affairs Officer

    Advanced degree in Economics / International Relations / Political Science / Law

    International Fund for Agriculture Development

    Country Portfolio Manager, Africa Division

    Advanced degree in Rural Development / Economics / Finance

    Los Angeles County Community Development Commission

    Development Specialist, Housing Development & Preservation Division

    Master's degree in real estate development, urban planning, business administration, architecture, or economics

    This is not to say that you won't be able to work in the field of international development without obtaining an M.A. or Ph.D., in fact, many entry-level jobs do not require an advanced degree at all. However, if you are seeking a career position in the area of development, an advanced degree may be required.

    Because a background specifically in development studies is not a common requirement for career positions at present, IDS students may want to consider pursuing graduate degrees in related fields instead, such as geography, urban/regional planning, public health, education, sociology, anthropology, economics, public policy and administration, political science, geography, etc.

    One way for you to narrow your interests to a particular field of study is to peruse job descriptions at institutions where you might like to work in the future. Take note of which jobs interest you and what their academics qualifications are. For example, if you are considering working on a micro-finance project in Africa, you may want to pursue graduate study in the field of economics, focusing on finance or applied economics. If you want to work as a policy advocate in Washington D.C., a graduate degree in political science or law may be necessary.

    Here are some websites that focus on job listings for non-profit organizations. See for yourself what academic qualifications employers are seeking:

    GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

    If you would like to pursue an interdisciplinary graduate degree in Development Studies, there are a number of programs offered, some of which are listed below. Note that some programs even offer joint degrees, such as M.A./ J.D. and M.A./M.B.A.

    United States of America

    School

    Sample of Degrees offered

    American University: School of International Service

    M.A., International Development
    M.A., International Peace and Conflict Resolution
    M.A., Global Environmental Policy
    Ph.D., International Relations

    Boston University: Global Development

    M.A., Global Development Policy
    M.A., Global Development Economics

    Claremont Graduate University: International Studies Programs  MA, MS and Ph.D. Programs

    Clark University: Department of International Development, Community, and Environment

    M.A., International Development and Social Change
    M.A., Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment
    M.A., Community Development and Planning
    M.A., Environmental Science and Policy

    Columbia University: School of International and Public Affairs

    Master of International Affairs
    Master of Public Administration
    Ph.D. in Sustainable Development

    Fordham University

    M.A., International Political Economy and Development

    George Washington University: Elliott School of International Affairs

    M.A., International Development Studies
    M.A., International Affairs

    Georgetown University: Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

    Master of Science in Foreign Service

    Harvard University: Kennedy School of Government

    Master in Public Administration/International Development

    Johns Hopkins University: Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

    M.A., International Relations

    Rutgers University: Division of Global Affairs

    M.A., Global Affairs
    Ph.D., Global Affairs

    Monterey Institute of International Studies: Graduate School of International Policy Studies

    M.A., International Policy Studies
    M.A., International Environmental Policy
    M.A., International Trade Policy
    Master of Public Administration in International Management

    School for International Training

    M.A., Sustainable Development
    M.A., Social Justice in Intercultural Relations

    Tufts University: The Fletcher School

    Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)

    Tulane University: Payson Center for International Development

    M.S., International Development
    PhD, International Development

    University of California, San Diego: School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

    Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA)

    University of Denver: Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    M.A., International Development

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Ph.D., Development Studies

     

    Europe

    Institute of Development Studies, United Kingdom

    MA Development Studies
    MA Poverty and Development
    MA Gender and Development
    MA Governance and Development
    MA Globalisation and Development
    MA Participation, Power and Social Change
    MA Science, Society and Development
    MSc Climate Change and Development
    PhD by Research

    Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

    Masters in Development Studies
    Masters in International Affairs

    University of Warwick: Department of Politics and International Studies

    M.A., International Political Economy
    M.A., Globalisation and Development

    Institute of Social Studies in the Hague

    M.A., Development Studies
    Ph.D., Development Studies

     

    Development Programs Around the World (list provided by IDS alumna, Maddy G.)

    Peterson's Online Guide.

    Grad Schools.com.


    As this list is a work-in-progress, your feedback is most welcome. Please e-mail us at undergraduate@international.ucla.edu with your comments and/or additions.

    GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN RELATED FIELDS

    Note that the above list may be extensive, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. Be sure to do an Internet search for other universities which might yield much more in your particular area of interest, especially for programs hidden within larger departments. For example, while UCLA does not offer a graduate program specifically in International Development Studies, you might want to inquire with related programs such as the UCLA School of Public Affairs, the UCLA Political Science Department, or the UCLA Geography Department to see what kind of research is being done on international development issues.

    Below are listed some of the keywords / specializations that you might want to search for in a department or its faculty, for a number of different fields:

    Anthropology

    Socio-cultural, Nutritional, International Development, Sustainable Agriculture, Globalization

    Economics

    International Economics, Finance, Development / Transitional Economies

    Environment/Geography

    Environmental policy, Third World development, Land use, Environmental quality and sustainable use of natural resources, Tourism policy, Economic / Human / Urban, Agrarian Development, Industrial, Sustainability

    http://www.sustainabilitydegrees.com

    Political Science

    Comparative / International Politics, International Development, Political Economy, Democratic Transitions, Area Studies

    Public Health

    International / Global Health, Health Policy and Management (international focus), Socio-medical Sciences

    Public Policy & Administration

    Comparative and International Policy and Administration, Modernization and Political Development

    Urban/Regional Planning

    International and Comparative Planning, Housing in Developing Countries, Sustainable Development, Community and Economic Development, Environmental Planning / Land use, Infrastructure Development

    Sociology

    Economic Sociology, Comparative Ethnicity, Nationalism, International Migration, Political Sociology


    Please also refer to the Applying to Graduate School page for general information on The Application Process, Making Yourself a Competitive Candidate, Statement of Purpose, and Funding Graduate School.

  • FAQS

    MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

    What classes do I need for the IDS major?
    You can find information about requirements for the IDS major on the Major Worksheet

    How do I get into the IDS major?

    • Complete all non-language preparation courses, and one modern foreign language equivalent to UCLA level 3. Remaining language courses may be completed while you have major standing.
    • All preparation courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade.
    • The GPA for all preps must be a minimum of 2.00.
    • Submit an online application including your Statement of Interest by the end of fall quarter of your sophomore year and no later than Fall of junior year.  Students will be notified if they are admitted into the major Week 2 of winter quarter.

    What are the GPA requirements to enter the major?
    The  IDS major requires a minimum GPA of  2.0  for the preparation courses.  There is no minimum grade requirement for individual courses as long as you get above an 'F'. So, even if you get a 'C-' (or all the way down to a 'D-') in one course, it will still count towards the preparation requirements as long as you've met the GPA minimum with the other courses for the preps.

    What does a Statement of Interest entail?

    There are many ways to answer the following questions but the best answers will give us a clear account of whether your interests align with the courses you will be taking as an IDS major, ways in which you can contribute to the major, what you hope to gain from it while at UCLA, and who you are as a person. Please refrain from discussing future career goals—we want to know how the IDS curriculum (courses, study abroad, internships) will help you make the best of your time while here at UCLA. Please answer the following questions in one cohesive paragraph and be careful to proof-read for grammatical errors. Essays over 300 words will not be read.

    You may use the questions below as reference when crafting your statement. Please note that you don’t need to answer all of them.

    • Why do you want to pursue IDS rather than another UCLA major that has an interdisciplinary approach and/or international focus?
    • What personal experiences—within and/or outside of school--have inspired you to pursue this major?
    • What is one issue explored in IDS you hope to learn more about through the IDS major? Be specific. 
    • What skills do you hope to take away from the IDS major?
    • What is the one thing you would like to change the most in the world as it relates to developing countries?

    Please visit our website to learn more about the major, the required and elective courses and learn about the difference between IDS and other majors; this will help in writing a more comprehensive statement.

    What are the ways in which I can fulfill the language requirement?

    You can fulfill the language requirement by:

    • Taking a UCLA equivalent course of 2 years of any modern language OR
    • Taking a language placement test at UCLA's appropriate language departments (requirement can be fulfilled in part on in total by the test) OR
    • Being a native speaker who is born and raised in a non-English speaking country (subject to approval)

    Can I minor in IDS?
    No, the IDS program doesn't offer a minor.

    Can I get a Minor in addition to my IDS major?
    Sure, we encourage students to pursue a minor. The International Institute offers a variety of minors in International & Area Studies as well as Global Studies. (For a list of other minors the university offers, please visit the UCLA General Catalog and follow the link to Undergraduate Minors and Specializations.

    Which regions does the IDS Region Area of Studies major cover?

    a. East Asia and East Central Asia
    b. Eastern Europe and West Central Asia
    c. Latin America and Caribbean Basin
    d. Middle East and North Africa
    e. South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands
    f. Sub-Saharan Africa

    Can I use courses for both the major and the minor?
    Yes, students can use up to 5 upper division courses towards both the IDS major and another major/minor. Keep in mind that there is no limit in the number of lower division courses students can overlap with other major/minor/GEs.  Also, make sure to check with the department offering your other major/minor since they may have their own overlap restrictions.

    Can I double major in IDS and another major?
    In order to double major, you first need to have taken all the preparation courses for both majors plus two upper division courses in each major. However, you may submit the IDS online application before having completed the requirements for your other major and once admitted to IDS, you have the option of completing all requirements listed above for both majors and may submit a double major petition.  For additional information please visit the College of Letters and Science website

    The College's rule is that no more than 5 upper division courses may be common to both majors.   Courses used for preparation requirements are not counted in this overlap.

    For additional information please visit the College of Letters and Science website

    What are the GPA requirements once I'm a declared major?
    Note that the IDS major requires a minimum GPA of 2.00 for all upper division courses combined for the major, not a particular grade in any one course.

    Note: students entering IDS after Fall 2010 need to obtain at least a "C" on the following courses: Intl Dv 110, M120, 130.

    ENROLLMENT

    How do I get into a "majors only" class?
    You need to be a declared major to take these courses, except during the Summer sessions, which generally are not restricted to majors

    Can I repeat a course if I got a C?
    No, you can only repeat if you receive a 'C-' or below.  The newer grade will replace that of the previous one in your GPA (as long as you haven't exceeded the 16 unit repeat limit).  You are not required to do so, however. For additional information please visit the College of Letters and Science Website.

    How do I get a PTE?
    PTE stands for "Permission to Enroll." PTE's are not given out in this office.  Please contact the professor to inquire about a PTE #.

    What is a 199 (Independent Study) course and is it possible to have it apply towards the IDS major?
    199 are independent studies courses in which you work directly with a professor on a course of study agreed upon by both of you. If you take a 199, you can  have it count towards Part 4 (Regional or General Electives) for the IDS major. The department the 199 is listed under doesn't matter. However, the topic must be related to the courses that are already applicable to the major.  Before enrolling to a 199, file a preliminary petition with our office to see if the topic of your paper is applicable to the major.  Once approved, create a “Contract Course” through MyUCLA. Official approval of the 199 course, however, will be based on the final paper.

    Is it possible to apply courses not already approved towards the IDS major?
    For courses not already approved for IDS, please submit a Petition for Chair Review that can be found on our Courses tab

    Can I take any courses P/NP to count towards the major?
    All courses for the major, including preparation courses, must be taken for a letter grade, regardless if they are taken at UCLA or elsewhere.  While grades for non-UC courses do not get figured into the UCLA GPA, the grade will appear on the institution's transcript. If you choose to take a course P/NP, you can still get unit credit towards your degree, but won't count for your major. For more information, see the "Transfer Credit & Study Abroad Credit" link from the IDS homepage.

    How do I remove an incomplete once I finish the work?
    Once the instructor receives your completed work by the end of  your next enrolled term, he/she will complete the paperwork with the department.

    The Incomplete notation is still on my transcripts even after I finished the assigned work.
    An Incomplete grade will never be replaced or removed from your DPR. The new grade will appear on your DPR  the quarter the coursework was completed.

    COURSES

    Is there an order to the classes?
    All preparation courses must be taken before you can officially enter into the major. Many classes also have prerequisites, so please check with the department or consult the current schedule of classes for prerequisites. Students must have completed IDS 110, IDS M120 and IDS 130 (these three courses do not have to be sequential order) before taking IDS 191.

    Are  IDS M120 and Poli Sci M167C the same?
    You can enroll under either listing, IDS M120 or Pol Sci M167C, as the courses are equivalent.  The DPR should recognize this and apply either towards the IDS major.

    I took a class at a Community College, will it transfer to UCLA?
    The courses usually transfer and will show on your transcripts. However, if they have not been posted, you need to make sure your community college sent the transcripts to UCLA admissions.

    Can I start major classes before I am officially accepted into the major?
    Yes, you may take any approved courses towards the IDS major, as long as it is not restricted and you meet the required prerequisites.

    Where can I find my  DAR?
    You can access your DAR from URSA. If you need assistance understanding it, see a College counselor or your major's counselor  for assistance.

    Can I get credit for my AP courses?
    It depends on the class and the score you received. Please refer to the Admissions website for more information, and click on Credit from Advanced Placement Exams if you have additional questions, please contact our office

    STUDY ABROAD

    I want to study abroad, can I have courses apply towards the major?
    Yes, this will of course depend on where you study abroad and if the courses you take are applicable to the IDS major. All courses must be pre-approved, but final approval is determined by the IDS chair via a petition (once you come back from abroad and courses have posted to your DPR). The number of courses you take abroad will depend on how long you intent to study abroad for. Visit our Travel Study tab and the International Education Office for study abroad programs

    INTERNSHIPS

    How do I get information on scholarships, internships, and jobs

     You can obtain up to date internship and job opportunities by following us on twitter or by simply checking our twitter feed on the left column of our website.

    You can also obtain more information about these right on the Campus Involvement and Internships tab

    For Jobs opportunities, you may contact or meet with an adviser from the Career Center . To receive academic credit for an internship, you may enroll in I A ST 195CE, visit the Center for Community Learning for additional information. If you wish to use this course towards IDS major requirements, please counsult with the IDS advisor.

    For Scholarship information, please contact the Scholarship Resource Center:

    UCLA Faculty Research Interests page.

    GRAD SCHOOL

    Do you have a graduate program?
    The IDS program does not have a graduate program in International Development Studies at UCLA.

    You might want to inquire about the programs offered through the UCLA School of Public Affairs and Social Research, or the UCLA Political Science Department,  You can also find additional information on the Graduate School Information for IDS Majors link, available from the IDS homepage, or at http://www.gradschools.com/. If you’re interested in specific programs offered at UCLA, you can search UCLA Graduate Division for specific programs and requirements: http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/deptinfo/deptinfointro.asp

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Questions that go beyond your major (e.g., max units, adding, dropping classes, incompletes, pass/no pass units, GEs, minimum progress, expected cumulative progress, academic probation, graduating in absentia, academic residence, repeating courses, etc.) should be addressed to your college counseling unit. Visit the College of Letters and Science FAQ's webpage for assistance here.

    How do I get into IDS Departmental Honors Program?
    You can find information on the Honors Program here.

    What are your office hours? Where are you located?
    Our office hours are 10-12 and 1-4 pm, Monday-Friday. We are located in 10359 Bunche Hall.

    How do I locate one of my professors?
    Please go to the UCLA directory:  www.directory.ucla.edu

    Which professors do you recommend?
    The best way to learn about professors is by talking to students who have already taken a particular professor's course. There is also www.bruinwalk.com for student feedback.

    You can also obtain more information on a professor's background on the Faculty link on the right side of the IDS homepage  or by going to the department homepage of the faculty member or the International Institute Centers.



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    Ray Minjares

    BA '02

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Definitely do a semester or year abroad through EAP. This changed my life. Take classes that interest you, and think outside the box. Don't get buried in books. Go have fun.

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  • Caley Moffatt

    BA '14

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Travel, expand your worldview, and examine different cultures. The Global Studies Travel Study program in Paris was one of the most memorable parts of my time at UCLA. Also, writing a senior thesis was by far

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    Conor Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Go to office hours! Meet your professors and develop those professional connections that you will need whether you decide to pursue graduate studies or jump straight into the workforce. Spend time with your peers and colleagues

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  • Ben Moore

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Pursue some of the more unique niches within UCLA's expansive course offerings; follow your heart and give your all. Take chances and enter every experience with a positive attitude. Don't forget to have a sense of

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    Gael Murphy

    MA '82

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Apply a human rights framework to what you choose to do and where you choose to do it!

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  • Jennifer Patton

    BA '11

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in travel study programs and other study abroad opportunities. Also explore the wonderful language programs at UCLA, which offer many courses that cross over with the Global Studies major.

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    Jessica Salgado

    BA '10

    ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Develop strong study habits; go to office hours; develop relationships with Professors and Teaching Assistants, and fellow classmates; be the first to say, "hello!"; challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone; expose yourself to

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