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Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.



Global Development Studies (GDS) is a broadly interdisciplinary program designed to equip students with the critical academic knowledge, skills, and experience required to function effectively as development professionals in Canada or abroad, or to continue on to graduate or to other professional studies.


Program structure and requirements

A Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies (BA GDS) degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credits. This is approximately 40 classes.

If you want to complete this program in four years, you will need to complete 30 credits or 10 courses each year.

The BA GDS does not require the completion of these credits/courses within a specific timeframe. Your pace is based on your personal schedule and goals—it needs to work for you.

Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



Given that 3 classes correspond to approximately 20+ hours/week of school work both in and out of the classroom, it is very important that you consider your workload capacity carefully.

It is much better to start with less and add more coursework in future semesters than to start out feeling overloaded in your first semester.

Ultimately, the number of courses you take each semester is up to you, but here is what we recommend for first-year students:


3-4 courses per semester


9-12 hours per week in class


And at least
9-18 hours per week
for homework


Suggested course plan (first semester)

You have the next several years to meet the program requirements. In your first year, you should focus on 100-level course options.

Here are two examples of how you may want to organize your fall and winter semesters.

BA GDS program courses only
Fall (Sep-Dec)Winter (Jan-Apr)
GDS 100 (Global Development Studies) BUS 100 (Business Administration)
ENGL 105 (English) or CMNS 125 (Communications) POSC 230 (Political Science)
Language course 101* Language course 102*
UNIV 101 (University Studies) CMNS 180

* The BA GDS requires the completion of 12 credits (4 courses) in a single modern language.


This sample course plan only includes  BA GDS program courses, with the exception of UNIV 101; however, in your first year, you do not have to stick entirely to the BA GDS program outline. You are encouraged to try out personal interest courses of your choice as well.

Interested in trying Sociology? History? Computers? Visual Arts? — go ahead and try them. You might find another subject that interests you enough to add that discipline as a minor to your BA GDS degree.

As you take courses and learn about your interests, you can meet with an academic advisor to help shape your BA GDS degree in that direction.

Here is an example selecting a mix of BA GDS requirements, and a selection of courses of interest (electives), starting with three courses in the fall, and then four courses in the winter.

BA GDS required courses and electives
Fall (Sep-Dec)Winter (Jan-Apr)
ENGL 105 BUS 100
PSYC 101 (Psychology) ECON 100 (Economics)
HIST 102 (History) FREN 101 (French)
  PSYC 102


Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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