Kathmandu University (KU) offers a Bachelor's degree in the sector of Arts and Sociology which is entitled as Bachelor in Development Studies (BDeVS). BDeVS is a four years course and it’s based on semester basis. Altogether this degree is divided into 8 semesters. BDeVS used to be a three year program. Each semester consists of 16 intensive study weeks. This course focuses on both theoretical and practical teaching process. BDeVS course contains 127 credits.
Kathmandu University (KU) provides an extensive curriculum with some challenging academic course. The teaching faculty is committed to teaching and research. Ground visit is also a supreme part of the curriculum which enhances the practical knowledge to produce some great results. This degree consists of individual topics such as Demography, Anthropology, Political Science, History, Economics, Philosophy, International Relations, Ecology, Sociology, Geography and Public Management.
Upon the completion of BDevS program, Kathmandu University believes that the BDeVS graduates will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and practical skills on GIS (Geographical Information System), Environmental Impact Assessment, Project Management and Evaluation, Development Research, and Community Mobilization. Besides this, some of the major objective of Bachelor in Development studies program or BDevS course is listed below:
There is certain admission criterion imposed by Kathmandu University, which must have to be followed by the applicants wishing to study Bachelor of Development Studies.
There are total of 66 seats available for admission in which 60 seats are for Nepali students and the remaining 6 seats for foreign students. Brilliant students are offered scholarship annually in which one student is provided with full scholarship. Other than that, college also tries to provide financial support through various NGOs and INGOs.
According to Kathmandu University, Bachelor in Development Studies mainly focuses on improving living standard of people. The activities of growth demands, effective utilization of human and financial resources. So, the basic concept of the course comprises of disciplines such as concepts and theories, project and conflict management, community expansion, environmental and resource management, good governance and many more. Deep knowledge and skills in such disciplines certainly helps to produce professionals who can implement development process.
After completing the Bachelor of Development Studies in Nepal, graduates can get career opportunities in the global organizations like World Bank, United Nations, private sector consultancy firms, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and research centers. The salary is also satisfactory considering if it is either a government or non-government organization. This program's graduates are qualified for the Masters in Development Studies (MDevS), Masters in Sociology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Human and Natural Resources Management, Regional Planning, International Relations, Development Management, and other socio-economic related interdisciplinary programs including MBA among the others.