International Development

How should Christian approach complex issues of development and justice?

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Systematic issues of injustice, poverty, inequality and conflict are increasingly apparent in our world today. How can you make a difference? Redeemer's International Development program focuses on a holistic and sustainable transformation of communities through aid and global development. By considering global issues from the perspectives of history, business, economics, literature, and philosophy give students an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, making solid and data-driven arguments, and analyzing systems with empathy and creativity.

International Development is a Bachelor of Arts degree program. It is offered as an honours major.

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Right from the start, small class sizes allow for meaningful class discussion, lead by professors who are actively researching and experienced practitioners in the field.

First-year courses approach topics of history, politics, and international studies in a way that is both broad and deep, giving an overview of the people, organizations, and policies that are currently working towards bettering our world.

International Development The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Politicians have a deeper sense of compassion when they ground themselves in the narrative of Scripture.
  • Researchers can communicate their findings more clearly when they know how to write persuasively.
  • Relief workers treat people fairly when they have considered the meaning of justice.

See how the Core fits into your degree



In the Classroom

Takes courses that do practical case studies like Human Rights and International Justice; research and look at existing Christian approaches to important global issues in Current Issues in Politics & International Studies; and consider the foundations, history and theories of Christian political thought in Irenaeus to Grotius: Christian Political Thought.

Beyond Campus

Off-campus study programs such as the Laurentian Leadership Program, Au Sable, the Crandall-Oxford Study Programme, and SPIN, provide you with opportunities to travel and learn about the world through hands-on and interactive experiences.

Explore the benefits of Experiential Learning

After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s international development program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Kyla DeHaan '16

strives to empower others to actively respond to world hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Ed Bosveld '92

works on the Immigration and Refugee Board interpreting Canadian and international law in order that he might grant protection to those at risk of persecution.

Alumni can go on
to careers as...

  • Research assistants
  • Human rights advocates
  • NGO staffers
  • Business development analysts
  • International trade researchers
  • Government relation specialists
  • Foreign affairs officers

Alumni can do further studies to earn...

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Master of International Affairs
  • Master of Global Affairs
  • Master of Global Public Policy

Want to know more about Redeemer’s International Development program?

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International Development Stories

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Ethics, Politics and Higher Ed

Brittany Lorenz ’14 is making her mark on the capital, working and teaching in Ottawa’s political sector.

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Intentional About Community

Jake Bakker '18 is starting his career with a combination of business and missions in Central America.

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A Semester Spent in Jordan

Redeemer International Studies program student Jessica Banninga shares about her experience studying abroad in Jordan.

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A Tangible Response to World Hunger

Alumna Kyla DeHaan strives to empower others to actively respond to world hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

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Administering justice

Alumni working in law

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A year of international internships

Alumna Ashley Muller has spent her years since graduation joining peacebuilding and sustainability initiatives in the UK and in Switzerland

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