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Nutrition education seminar in Bandarkharka, Nepal

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Traditional Fishing Village, HaLong Bay, Viet Nam

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End of Year Presentations

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Featured Alumni
  • Nebila Abdulmelik

    MA '07

  • Nicole Abeckett

    BA '03

  • John Arboleda

    BA '96

  • Natalya Berenshteyn

    BA '07

  • Tiffany Cantrell-Warren

    BA '06, MA '16

  • Rafael Cardona

    BA '96

  • Sarah Chenault

    MA '11

  • Aerin Cho

    BA '08

  • Cecily Couture

    BA '06

  • Karla Galdamez

    MA '03

  • Alejandro Garcia

    BA '11

  • Gayle Gienger

    BA '03

  • Kimberly Grano

    BA '15

  • Kaitlin Highstreet

    BA '15

  • Zachary Jarvinen

    BA '06

  • Kristin Kalla

    MA '92

  • Kalani Matthew-James Wonyou Kim

    BA '11, MA '14

  • Nancy Knowles

    BA '90

  • Tanya Lara

    BA '07

  • J. Eric Lomeli

    BA '00, MA '02

  • Emily Marsh

    BA '09

  • Angela Mc Duffie

    BA '10

  • Laurel McAndrews

    BA '07

  • Ray Minjares

    BA '02

  • Caley Moffatt

    BA '14

  • Conor Moore

    BA '10

  • Ben Moore

    BA '10

  • Gael Murphy

    MA '82

  • Jennifer Patton

    BA '11

  • Jessica Salgado

    BA '10

Research & Awards


IDS seniors are eligible for: IDS Academic Award and IDS  Activist Award.



 Design and conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty advisor,

culminating in a 40 page thesis.



  • Be officially declared IDS major
  • Completion of IDS 110 and IDS M120, or 110 and 130, or M120 and 130 (students may petition to apply with only one core course completed)
  • GPA for all Upper Division coursework for the IDS major must be at least 3.50
  • Must have secured a faculty advisor
  • Submit the IDS Honors Application



Application is due no later than Friday of week 2 of Fall quarter. To access the application, see below: 

Application Form and Guidelines 



The honors program consists of a three-quarter, directed-study series of courses

IDS 198A is to be devoted to discussion and planning of the honors thesis, as well as a literature review, and will carry four units of credit and is to be taken for a letter grade. This should culminate in a 10-15 page literature review.

IDS 198B is used for further literature review, as well as research investigation and data collection, culminating in a 12-15 page outline of the thesis, including a brief introduction, major arguments, and discussion of the evidence or data.

IDS 198C, which culminates in a submitted thesis, is to be taken for a letter grade and carries eight (8.0) units of credit for both the 198B & 198C courses combined. 



List of thesis titles from recent IDS graduates who participated in the Honors program:

  • Government Capacity for Facilitating Economic Growth in Post-Liberation South Sudan: Challenges and Opportunities
  • A Historical Perspective of Women’s Property Rights in Singapore
  • Marginalizing Civil Society: Implications for Chilean Democracy
  • Chinese Presence in Africa: Trade, Investment, Diplomatic and Cultural Ties
  • The Role of Music in the Development of Brazil and Chile during the 1960’s through the 1980’s

Complete list of IDS Honors Theses



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