Development Studies


Welcome to Development Studies at StFX, a program for those wishing to understand how different ideas about development influence socio-economic well-being and environmental sustainability and how to engage with these issues locally and internationally.


As an interdisciplinary program, Development Studies can take you in many directions. The program provides an excellent foundation for further study and careers in a wide variety of areas, including community and international development, humanitarian and social justice work, urban and rural planning, law, journalism, economics, government, international relations and education. The program can also help to prepare and equip you for the everchanging dynamics of global society. 


Development Studies courses begin in your second year, after you have acquired a first year foundation in a range of subjects, whether in the social sciences, humanities or sciences.


You can complete an Honours, Advanced Joint Major, Joint Major, Minor and a Pair in Development Studies. The program also offers you opportunities for practical, hands-on experience in local and international development organizations.  


The Development Studies Program at StFX grows out of the rich tradition of the Antigonish Movement, a social movement that was grounded in community-based social and economic development. Our program gives students the opportunity to work with University faculty and development professionals from the Coady International Institute. You will meet community leaders from Africa, Asia and Latin America enrolled in programs at the Coady International Institute. For 50 years, the Coady has been promoting community self-reliance through education programs for such leaders.


You will also have the opportunity for real-world experience through service learning placements in the local community. You could undertake a 3-4 month internship in Canada or elsewhere in the world. This combination of academic courses and hands-on experience provides you with the means to make your own contribution to local and international efforts to solve development problems, reduce inequalities and change our world for the better.