Bachelor of Arts, Major in Development Studies Program

AB Development Studies

Development Studies is a program designed for students who want to make a positive difference in society by addressing social problems like poverty, public health, climate change, disaster, and exclusion. Students are exposed to different perspectives and practical interventions to understand and confront the complex challenges of social transformation. The program employs a multidisciplinary approach, harnessing insights from economics, political sciences, and sociology. Students also acquire practical skills in social research and management to design, manage, and evaluate development interventions.

Career opportunities

In national government agencies, local government units, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, NGOs, corporations, and corporate foundations.

In law, research, policy implementation, academe.

Advocacies such as poverty reduction, human rights, youth empowerment, public health, inclusive mobility, climate change adaptation, heritage conservation, humanitarian action, education reform, and the peace process.

Program Learning Outcomes

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The Ateneo Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes (CCLOs) The Ateneo Development Studies Program Learning Outcomes
CCLO 1 Demonstrate effective communication skills (listening and speaking, reading and writing) in English and Filipino. DS PLO 1 Effectively articulate, communicate, and influence the different ways of understanding and doing multifaceted forms of development, guided by the perspectives of the pure and applied social sciences.
CCLO 5 Internalize the significance and value of her/ his unique existence and purpose in life in light of Christian faith.
CCLO 8 Practice a vision of leadership and committed citizenship rooted in Christian humanism.
CCLO 2 Evaluate information and issues in various spheres of life using mathematical reasoning and statistical tools to process and manage data. DS PLO 2 Conduct ethical, empirical, and evidence-based research using traditional and progressive social scientific tools to assess the needs of different stakeholders, identify potential development interventions, propose social and policy innovations, and assess the various impacts of programs and projects.
CCLO 3 Propose ways to address pressing social and ecological problems using appropriate critical approaches and scientific thinking DS PLO 3 Implement the different stages of the project cycle in ways that adhere to technically sound and humane management practices and principles of social change and relate them to specific development concerns.
CCLO 4 Develop a creative and moral imagination that is responsive to contemporary global realities and challenges, but also deeply rooted in local histories, conditions, norms, and institutions. DS PLO 4 Adopt  a balanced, appreciative, and critical perspective on development both as an ideal and as a project, with a keen awareness of and sensitivity to ethical dilemmas, power relations, and the uniqueness of local histories and traditions.
CCLO 6 Discern life choices with a keen awareness of ethical dilemmas and considerations. DS PLO 5 Exemplify a commitment to people-centered and sustainable development that promotes the dignity of human life and ecological integrity, with preferential attention given to those who are excluded from the benefits of development and made vulnerable because of rapid changes in society.
CCLO 7 Exemplify a commitment to enhancing human life and dignity, especially those who are excluded and in greatest need.