UCLA has suspended in-person classes and transitioned to online platforms. Check updates HERE.
For virtual advising, please see our "Advising" tab.
UPDATE: IDS major requirements have changed as of Fall 2020.
Fall 20 Major Worksheet
Requirements as of Fall 20
Pre-Fall 20 Major Worksheet
Requirements prior to Fall 20
IDS course descriptions
3 & 4-year
IDS Senior Thesis
FALL 2020 COURSES
Check both lists for approved courses
DARS Courses Additional Courses
Click HERE for past course offerings
SUMMER 2020 COURSES (ONLINE)
Session A Session C
Study abroad courses and UC/Non-UC courses
Petition for Committee Review
2020-21 IDS Unique Courses
All courses are also offered in the Summer. All restrictions and pre-requisites are lifted in the Summer
Fall: Harris, K.
Winter: Potts, S.
Spring: Chun, J.
Core class OR Social & Critical Theory
Social & Critical Theory
Why do Honors?
• Spend 3 quarters researching a topic on development you are passionate about
• Receive individual writing mentorship from a UCLA faculty member
• Add Departmental Honors recognition to your diploma and transcript
• Strengthen research skills for graduate school and career
Apply now for the 2020-21 school year!
*Petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis
Design and conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty advisor culminating in an honors thesis. Application is due by Week 2 of Fall quarter (Winter and Spring applications are accepted by petition).
Click below to watch the recording of our 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Workshop!
Click HERE to learn how to access UCLA Library resources during COVID-19.
These are also available on the WI+RE website, and on the Library's YouTube channel!
Joan Hanawi, 2016 Activist Award Recipient
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:
Applicants must submit:
Deadline: Monday, May 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM
IDS Activist Award
One to two cash awards will be distributed to a graduating senior to recognize their outstanding commitment to making a difference on issues significant to international development through activism, service and leadership.
Eligible applicants must be:
Applicants must submit:
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.
UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)
1. Review your remaining UCLA degree requirements.
2. Choose a location. If you choose an EAP program, browse the program's catalog to search for courses you think are comparable to your degree requirements. You can also use the database below for pre-approved EAP classes that satisfy IDS requirements.
3. Email course descriptions to your major/minor advising office for pre-approval.
4. Submit official petitions upon your return (courses must be at least 4 units, Upper Division).
See our Study Abroad for IDS Majors fact sheet!
IDS PRE-APPROVED EAP COURSES
Visit the UCLA International Education Office for a complete list of programs including summer programs.
International Institute Events
Attend numerous events on specific world regions and pressing global issues. For upcoming International Institute Events, visit the Event Calendar.
Find more UCLA student groups HERE
Students studying abroad through the programs listed below are eligible for funding.
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Awards:
The Departmental Scholar Program (DSP) allows exceptional juniors and seniors to pursue the bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously. It offers advanced students access to graduate level classes and an opportunity to do graduate level research under the direct supervision of UCLA's distinguished faculty.
International Institute Academic Programs that have participated in the Departmental Scholars program in the past include:
Students seeking nomination to the Departmental Scholar Program must meet the following criteria:
Applications are accepted throughout the year. A completed application must include all of the following materials before being considered for admission:
For more information please contact:
Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10256 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
For general information on becoming a Departmental Scholar, or to see if other departments offer similar programs, please contact College Honors.
Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates!
Click HERE to join the
International Institute Virtual
Commencement is an occasion for you to be publicly recognized by the university and your friends & family for your scholastic achievement. And, until we can celebrate in person, the International Institute is planning to hold a virtual celebration to honor our graduating students.
The celebration website will include, among other things, congratulatory messages from Institute faculty and academic counselors, as well as the names of our graduating students by academic program (major, graduate program). The celebration will include a message from our 2020 International Institute Commencement Speaker, Katya Daniel, Global Studies ‘08. More information about Katya and why she was selected as this year’s speaker can be found here.
Students who are eligible to participate in the International Institute Commencement Celebration include recent degree candidates and degree recipients for the following undergraduate majors & graduate programs: African Studies, African & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, International Development Studies, and Latin American Studies.
Eligible students have already been contacted about their participation and recognition on the virtual celebration website. If you have not yet been contacted about being recognized at the 2020 International Institute Commencement Celebration, but are seeking inclusion, please contact the Academic Counselor of your program without delay.
The celebration is scheduled to go live on Saturday, June 13 at 6:30pm*, and will be accessible through this website. Please join us then to celebrate our graduates!
*The celebration website will be available for viewing after this date, as well.
VIRTUAL ADVISING HOURS (subject to change)
By appointment at least 5 hours in advance. Please e-mail if you need accommodations (same day or outside office hours appointments)
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 - 12:00 pm
Speak with Sandy or Karen
We strive to provide holistic and comprehensive support to our students through one-on-one advising, workshops and events that focus on academic and professional planning, inspire exploration of research, internship opportunities and experiences abroad. We are committed to fostering growth, enthusiasm and pride for our International Institute majors and minors in addition to empowering our students to draw connections between their UCLA experience and their personal and professional ambitions. Our ultimate goal is to encourage our students to make a positive impact in the world both during and after their college careers as informed and responsible global citizens.
We can assist you with:
Virtual advising hours: Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Fri: 10:00am - 12:00 pm
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NOTE: We will not be in our physical offices until further notice.
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