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International Development Studies

International Development Studies

Welcome to International Development Studies

The goal of the International Development Studies Program is to produce graduates who will become development practitioners - catalysts and facilitators for change in developing contexts. We approach the study of international development from a multidisciplinary perspective, combining theory, methods, practical application, and technical concentration. Students build upon a required core while specializing in one of five concentrations:

  • Development and Environment
  • Development and Gender
  • Development and Health
  • Development and the Social Sciences
  • International Development and Conflict

Founded in 1977 as the Development Studies Program, the International Development Studies Program at Ohio University offers a diverse and stimulating atmosphere for students who have a background and interest in the social, natural sciences, and health sciences, and wish to apply this interest and learning to international development.

(Photos by Kate Hiller and Esteban Bauz)

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Apply for IDS for 2021-2022

Applications will be accepted until January 15 for the International Development Studies program for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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OHIO student reflects on internship work

Working around the world, Steven Richardson put development theory into practice as he assisted national and international groups with their land conservation efforts.


International Student and Faculty Services

ISFS provides services & support for the international community and helps further their personal and intellectual development.