BA

Actuarial Science

Focus on one of two areas: Actuarial Science or Operations Research. Actuaries model risk in designing insurance policies, pension plans and similar programs. You will be prepared to write the actuarial certification exams. In Operations Research, the scientific study of optimal systems management, you’ll learn how to use mathematical models to maximize the efficiency of business operations.

African Studies

From ancient history to contemporary issues, modern Africa poses challenges and opportunities worthy of serious study. Learn from professors engaged in researching social, political, economic and cultural change from precolonial times to the present. Whether we think of inspired political leadership or poverty, economic development or major challenges to health, Africa is a continent with a global impact.

Anthropology

Anthropology explores some of the great mysteries of humanity. Engage in topics such as media and culture, health and illness, gender and sexuality, development, religion and science and displaced peoples. Learn to think critically about how concepts such as class, race, gender and ethnic identity are produced and expressed in contexts of power around the world.

Applied Mathematics

Express ideas using the language of abstraction and reasoning: Mathematics uses basic concepts as the foundation for practical applications. This program appeals to students fond of pure math — join a community dedicated to the precise analysis and interpretation of our world. Learn why the Wall Street Journal has consistently ranked mathematician as one of the best jobs.

Business & Society

In this program you will acquire a critical, in-depth understanding of the relationship between business, social structures and government, and evaluate the ways in which business and society influence one another.

Business Economics

In applying economic theory to business management, you’ll learn the analytical and decision-making techniques used in business, and come to understand the public and private institutional environments within which businesses operate.

Business Economics / Économie et commerce

Gain insight and international perspectives on strategic competition, the internal organization of firms and challenges facing businesses. Equipped with communications and problem-solving skills our bilingual, business-trained graduates have a professional edge in the workplace.

Canadian Studies / Études canadiennes

We offer the unique opportunity to study national issues in both official languages, a key advantage if you’re considering government work. You’ll develop a multi-dimensional understanding of the country—our political and legal systems, languages, cultures, history and more—and will learn how these particulars shape Canada’s position in the global arena.

Children's Studies

Explore the experiences and representations of children and youth throughout history and from different cultures around the world. Focus on children’s rights and children’s cultures and understand how children themselves make sense of the world.

Cinema & Media Studies

Get hands-on professional training in cinematography, editing, sound, directing and producing from award-winning filmmakers in our Production BFA program. Learn the art and craft of moving image storytelling in Canada’s only Screenwriting BFA program. Explore Canadian, international, documentary and alternative film in our Cinema & Media Studies BA program. Draw on our outstanding production and screening facilities, extensive technical support and strong industry partnerships to chart your path to career success.

Classical Studies/Classics

Are you fascinated by the language, literature, history, philosophy and lives of people in ancient Greece and Rome? Do you want to study works that have influenced human thought and reasoning for centuries? These programs introduce you to ancient Greek and Roman worlds, with the Classical Studies stream focusing on the history and culture of Greece and Rome, and the Classics stream focusing on the Latin and Greek languages.

Cognitive Science

Study the mind and its processes. Program majors will examine the nature of thought, memory, perception and language from a variety of perspectives to acquire a rich understanding of the mind. Combine courses from philosophy, psychology, linguistics, information technology and computer science to gain in-depth knowledge of the reasoning processes we find in humans, animals and machines.

Communication Studies

The program looks at the social roles of media and communication, examining how people gather, share and use information. You’ll study the theoretical and historical foundations of media, theories of communication processes, relationships between media and identity and the expanding role of digital communication and new media in our increasingly globalized society.

Communications

As a student in the only bilingual Communications program in southern Ontario, you'll be well prepared to meet a global industry need for qualified bilingual communications professionals with an international perspective. Take courses in French and English within three concentrations: Communication, Culture & Society; Organizations & Communication; and Technology & Communication. 

Computer Science

Computer Science blends theoretical knowledge and practical skills to explore intriguing topics — computer systems that mimic human vision or the design of pharmaceutical drugs. Explore the theoretical limitations of computing and learn about the methodologies that lead to efficient, accurate computation. Liberal arts or science courses complement your Computer Science study in the BA or BSc program. The iBA, iBSc or the dual-degree option add an international component to your learning.

Computer Security

Computer Security is a specialized area of computer science that studies threats to computer systems and networks, and develops the science and practice of how to mitigate them. As much of our lives today takes place in cyberspace, we depend on safe, threat-free computers. Computer Security specialists help improve safety for online interactions and protect our data from virus attacks.

Creative Writing

One of only a few Creative Writing undergraduate degree programs in the country, this program focuses on literary writing and introduces you to a variety of forms and styles employed and experimented with by well-known authors. Upper-year entry only. See also Professional Writing.

Criminology

Crime and criminality are central concerns in our contemporary world. In this program, you’ll develop a broad knowledge base, refined analytical and research skills and a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system as it relates to national and international social processes.

Culture & Expression

What exactly is creativity and how does it move society? Study ways of understanding human creativity as it takes form in cultural expressions such as literature, the visual arts, film, music, digital media and popular culture. Through theory, critical analysis and experiential engagement, you’ll explore meaning in these forms and gain a deeper knowledge of cultural complexity.

Digital Media

Hone your creative, technical and analytical skills at the dynamic convergence of computational technology and the arts. In this innovative program, offered collaboratively by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and the Lassonde School of Engineering, code and programming are your tools for creative expression. Choose from streams in Game Arts, Digital Media Arts and Digital Media Development. Learn to create experiences and develop original objects such as apps, games, immersive, mixed and 3D reality environments, data visualization, interactive performance and more as you prepare for your career in the vanguard of digital culture.

Drama Studies / Études d'art dramatique

Our program focuses on drama as both a study of literature and as performance. Integrate your studies with the examination of language, literature, critical theory, performance media and other genres such as film, television and opera. You can also add courses in other academic areas to give you a degree with breadth.

East Asian Studies

China, Japan and Korea are all ancient civilizations and modern societies of immense global significance. Bridging East Asia’s modern milieu and its rich history, you will gain an appreciation for the cultures and the political, economic and social impact of these nations. Expect to be challenged and engaged while acquiring an in-depth understanding of the region.

Economics

Economics lies at the root of most social challenges today. Learn how to use the analytical and quantitative tools of economics to solve a range of contemporary issues related to production and consumption in a variety of contexts, including product, labour and capital markets.

Economics / Science économique

Studying Economics gives you insights into how people and organizations choose to distribute limited resources across competing areas. Our program provides a unique balance between technical analysis and skill-building, with the application to real-world problems. You’ll also learn about management, international labour markets, the fundamentals of economic theory and more.

Engineering & International Development Studies

Are you passionate about using the power of engineering to solve challenges on an international stage? Explore our five-year  BEng/BA dual-degree in Engineering & International Development Studies.

English

As an English student, you’ll study some of the world’s most celebrated literature across a wide range of genres, cultures and periods. You’ll learn to think and write critically and will be prepared to succeed in any career that requires effective communication.

English & Professional Writing

The specialized nature of this program lies in the blending of English and Professional Writing into a single-degree program that highlights and enhances the relationship between the two fields of study. You’ll gain in-demand skills suitable for a wide range of careers.

English Studies / Études anglaises

Study many aspects of the English language — literature, linguistics, drama — from a wide range of perspectives, with compelling courses such as Children’s Literature, Creative Writing and English as a World Language. Small classes will encourage discussions. Interested in teaching? Combine your degree with our certificate in Teaching English as an International Language.

Environmental & Health Studies / Études sur l'environnement et la santé

Develop a thorough understanding of important environmental, ecological, biomedical and health-related issues from a mainly biological perspective. Armed with a social vision of health, you’ll be well prepared for further studies in law, education, the biomedical and environmental sciences, as well as for work in health administration, policy and advocacy.

European Studies

From the Douro to the Don and from Tromsø to Tripoli, this program takes you through Europe’s evolution from the Middle Ages to today. Choose a broad European education or focus on a specific country. To fully understand Europe, you’ll take one course in a European language and have the opportunity to study abroad.

Financial & Business Economics

  Learn how the financial world functions. Examine the stock market and how companies are financed. As a student in Financial & Business Economics, you’ll benefit from a rigorous quantitative and analytical economic approach with practical application.

French Studies

Improve your oral and written proficiency in the French language and develop the critical-thinking skills that Canadian and international employers admire. Explore the francophone world and the diversity of its art, cultures and societies. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs in Quebec and with universities in France. Major in French Studies or combine your program with a vast array of choices, including the Bachelor of Education.

French Studies / Études françaises

Named the Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education by the Government of Ontario, Glendon provides the ideal bilingual setting to study French language, literature, linguistics and culture. Our tailored approach to learning French will help improve your communication, and you can practice what you’ve learned on exchange, with (or without) our unique iBA, at the Sorbonne or other universities.

Gender & Women's Studies

Who we are, what we do and how we connect with others is shaped in part by gender and the changing role of women in societies around the world. Gender & Women’s Studies offers innovative, interdisciplinary courses on gender and women, as well as on the constructions and intersections of sexuality, class, age and ability.

Gender & Women's Studies / Études des femmes et de genre

With an emphasis on international issues, our program is based in our inclusive, progressive dual-campus community. Apply theory to real life through hands-on involvement in organizations, including our Women & Trans Centre, York’s Centre for Human Rights, our student-run advocacy organization GLgbt* and more. Interested in Sexuality Studies? Consider combining your degree with our certificate program.

Geography

Geography is a unique discipline that rests on all three pillars of intellectual life: the physical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Geography is a cutting-edge field that examines some of the world’s most critical issues, including resource depletion, human migration, globalization, geopolitics, social inequality and environmental vulnerability.

Geography & Urban Studies

In a world where more than 50 per cent of the population lives in urban areas, cities play a significant role in shaping the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental conditions of people’s everyday lives. Combine an interdisciplinary exploration of urban life with the discipline that closely examines the nature of city lives and city spaces. Topics include: the modern city, urban development in a global context, the history and comparative study of cities, and planning and environmental issues.

German Studies

German Studies is an interdisciplinary program that introduces you to aspects of German culture ranging from language, literature and film studies to history, urban studies, political science, museum studies and women’s studies. You’ll gain a unique intercultural perspective indispensable for meeting the challenges of our increasingly global world.

Global Health

The specialized honours program combines core global health knowledge with a choice of one of the following concentrations: global health policy, management and systems; global health and the environment; global e-health; and global health promotion and disease prevention. A final year practicum course is offered with non-governmental organizations locally or internationally.

Global Political Studies

Gain the skills required to analyze global political forces, as well as a broad education in the field of politics. Be part of the dialogue on foreign and security policy, war and conflict, global poverty and new social movements. Examine the changing world order in its economic and political forms.

Health & Society

Develop the tools to understand health and illness both in real-life situations and as reflections of larger social processes. Examine how globalizing economies shape both illness and health care, and learn to appreciate the role played by social forces and cultural change in shaping individual well-being.

Hellenic Studies

Ancient Greece provided much of the basis of civilization in the Western world, while modern Greece is an important European nation at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East. The Greek community in Toronto, with the creation of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, has chosen York University to be the premiere centre of Hellenic Studies in Ontario.

History

History provides us with a valuable road map to the future. By studying the past, you’ll deepen your understanding of the present and acquire the skills necessary to succeed in today’s world: critical thinking and analysis, research, and effective oral and written communication. Whatever historical period you’re interested in, this program has courses designed for you.

History / Histoire

Specializing in the history of Europe, the Americas and the Near East, this program will nurture your historical interests with courses in English or French. Our small classes will facilitate an in-depth exploration of the past. Want to experience historical sites first-hand? Consider an international exchange with (or without) our iBA program.

Human Rights & Equity Studies

Explore local and global issues of human rights and equity, including the denial of rights to education, health services, freedom of speech, economic security and political safety.

Humanities

Question everything. Humanities promotes a critical approach that, in encouraging you to question preconceived assumptions, enables you to appreciate cultural diversity and function effectively in a globalized world. You’ll study human cultures, their forms of expression and their philosophical, religious, political, scientific and aesthetic values.

Individualized Studies

Designed for students whose academic interests are best met by a customized program of study that allows them to choose courses across the University. The program is unique to York, allowing students to define the core problems or issues that, in linking various academic disciplines, will serve as the foundation of their studies. Students typically apply to the program in their second year.

Individualized Studies / Programmes individuels

Individualized Studies, an upper-year entry program, allows you to build a program from areas of special interest to you under the guidance of a professor acting as your academic adviser. Our instructors will provide the time and support required to develop a program of study that meets your academic and career goals.

Information Technology

Gain the knowledge to liaise between technical and non-technical users and graduate with the ability to plan, analyze, design, build, administer and audit information systems.

Interdisciplinary Social Science

Develop a solid grounding in interdisciplinary social science research methods and critical social theory. Explore a range of courses from Work & Labour Studies, Development Studies, Health & Society, Urban Studies and African Studies. Critically examine historical and contemporary issues, relating them to social and political thought, social justice and diversity, sustainability and the environment, identity and social exclusion, diaspora and global development.

International Development Studies

Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for the Global South in the face of existing inequalities between rich and poor nations, and the political-institutional, cultural, socio-economic and ecological factors presently affecting international development.

International Studies / Études internationales

Our prestigious International Studies program — the country’s first — has a strong reputation locally and internationally. You’ll develop your understanding of international society while studying diplomacy, foreign policy and international law, development, organizations and cultures. Further fine-tune your international perspective through an iBA or an exchange program, or help organize our award-winning student-run Symposium conference (for academic credit!).

Italian Studies

Explore a rich assortment of courses in Italian language, linguistics, literature, culture, film, and Italian-Canadian studies. Students are also offered an opportunity to study abroad for the summer in Florence, Rome or Bologna.

Jewish Studies

Explore Jewish texts, thought, belief, history, cultures, sociologies, languages and fine arts from biblical times to the present. Jewish Studies provides a model for exploring some of the larger humanistic and philosophical questions affecting us all.

Kinesiology & Health Science

Kinesiology & Health Science is the study of physical activity and its importance for human health, health science and society. From the cellular level to the whole body in the bioscience, psychological and sociocultural domains, our program offers more course selections, taught by full-time faculty, than any other university in Canada.

Law & Society

Develop an understanding of the relationship between society and law, and the many social factors that affect law such as race, gender, age, sexuality and class. Use real-world problems and examples to critically examine the impact of law on people’s lives. While some of our students go on to law school, Law & Society is not a pre-law preparatory program.

Linguistics

How does human language work? Linguistics uncovers the organizing principles of human language and provides a systematic framework for descriptions of individual languages. As a Linguistics student, you’ll engage in the scientific study of language, investigate the relationship between language and society and the one between language and the mind.

Linguistics & Language Studies / Linguistique et sciences du langage

Thanks to our bilingual setting, you can complete your Linguistics & Language Studies in both English and French, with a growing Spanish course offering. Our program offers a rich menu of subjects, including phonetics, morphology, semantics, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Mathematics

Express ideas using the language of abstraction and reasoning: Mathematics uses basic concepts as the foundation for practical applications. This program appeals to students fond of pure math — join a community dedicated to the precise analysis and interpretation of our world. Learn why the Wall Street Journal has consistently ranked mathematician as one of the best jobs.

Mathematics / Mathématiques

We offer a selection of pure and applied math courses in both English and French. Not only will our small classes ensure that you receive personalized attention through the various stages of the learning process but we also have a drop-in Math Lab, where teaching assistants can offer their expertise.

Mathematics for Education

Mathematics for Education is designed for students considering a career in teaching. Students can be enrolled in York’s Concurrent Education program or choose to take a Consecutive Education program. This program offers a broad background in mathematics and encourages you to develop a wide perspective on the teaching and learning of the subject.

Multicultural & Indigenous Studies

Trace the connections between colonialism, racism and diasporas for a deeper understanding of difference and diversity in Canada. Students in Multicultural & Indigenous Studies specialize in Indigenous Studies, Diaspora Studies or Racism & Multiculturalism.

Music

Discover your personal path to a career in music. Compose, perform, experiment, record and study in superb facilities across a wide range of musical genres, traditions and settings — and other art forms. Create your own curriculum from courses in instrumental and vocal music, jazz, classical, contemporary, digital and world music, improvisation, ethnomusicology, theory, history, music pedagogy and music media. Program highlights include clinics and master classes led by internationally renowned artists and more than 100 public concerts each season.

Philosophy

Explore some of life’s deepest questions concerning the nature of the mind, the requirements of justice, the limits of knowledge and the meaning of freedom. You’ll discover how to develop answers to these questions and how to engage in fruitful arguments with alternative points of view.

Philosophy / Philosophie

Beyond offering traditional Philosophy in English and French, our program emphasizes applied and practical ethics. Interested in law school? Many of our students pair their degree with our certificate in Law & Social Thought, making an excellent combination to acquire the critical thinking skills needed to succeed on LSAT tests.

Political Science

Gain a thorough understanding of how governments, political parties, and the courts work. The Political Science program also sheds light on political movements in society and on the power relations of life.

Political Science / Science politique

Where better to study Political Science than at the campus Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson saw as a training ground for Canada’s future leaders? Our bilingual campus and small class sizes will help you develop your confidence in English and French (and maybe more languages), which is a key competitive advantage for work in government, law or the Foreign Service.

Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies

Learn about, and engage with, the diversity of Portuguese-speaking culture, literature, art, history and political landscape. Focus on the entire Portuguese-speaking world across all continents, including immigrant communities. Engage in experiential education and cultural events that will be meaningful to your learning.

Professional Writing

Your ability to write well is a valuable and transferable skill. No matter where you live and work, the effective written communication of ideas, knowledge and opinion is indispensable. Your studies will include theories of writing, research methods, magazine writing, editing and multimedia presentation.

Psychology

Our small classes enable you to work closely with professors and fellow students while gaining applied experience through a practicum and other employment opportunities at our affiliates, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Sunnybrook Hospital. Add breadth to your degree through engaging courses, a cognitive neuropsychology option, our Neuropsychology stream or our new Bachelor of Science degree option.

Religious Studies

Religious experience is an indispensable key to the understanding of human behaviour and thought. Learn to identify and comprehend different forms of religious experience and examine the history, development and role of religion in today’s multicultural and secular world. Concentrate your studies on one religious tradition or take a comparative approach.

Science & Technology Studies

This unique interdisciplinary program expands your understanding of science and technology by exploring their social, cultural, philosophical and material dimensions. The program draws on the sciences, humanities and social sciences to examine specific scientific ideas, as well as to address their broader interactions, such as between ideas of science and gender, debates between science and religion and the interconnection of technology and cultural values.

Sexuality Studies

Join an exciting community of scholars, writers, artists and activists who are redefining how we think about sex, gender and sexuality. What is sexuality in varying transnational and global contexts? How do age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion and other categories of difference, identity and power impact sexuality? Be part of this dynamic discussion.

Sexuality Studies / Études sur la sexualité

Be part of a community that is producing new ways of thinking about sex, gender and sexuality. With courses offered on both York campuses, you’ll apply theory to real life through hands-on involvement in organizations including our Women & Trans Centre, the Centre for Human Rights, student-run advocacy organizations GLgbt* and TBLGAY and more.

Sociology

Sociology is a dynamic field of study that analyzes key moments in our personal lives, our communities and our world. You’ll gain an understanding of how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by cultural and social structures.

Sociology / Sociologie

Sociology is the study of social lives: how people connect in groups, how societies are organized and evolve. You’ll apply sociological perspectives to topics such as gender, deviant behaviour, family and other disciplines including International Studies, Psychology and Linguistics. Case in point: Dr. Joanna Robinson’s students lead a hands-on observational study of Toronto while applying the theories learned in class to their research.

Spanish

Explore a rich assortment of courses examining the literature, culture and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world in all its diversity and international relevance. Proficiency in the Spanish language (speaking, writing, reading, listening) and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world are a valuable asset in any career, globally and locally.

Spanish (Hispanic Studies) / Études hispaniques

Build your skills by taking language courses at all levels, studying Spanish literature and linguistics and by exploring Hispanic culture, politics and heritage. Put your learning to use after class with salsa lessons or conversation workshops, or take your knowledge to the next level with a trilingual iBA exchange in a Spanish-speaking country.

Statistics

You’ll learn the foundations of mathematical statistics with application to areas such as mining data for information and measuring uncertainty in experiments and surveys. Our students are recruited by major consulting firms and government agencies.

Theatre

Learn what “doing theatre” is all about: onstage, backstage, behind the scenes and front of house. Work hands-on with practicing professionals in exceptional production and performance facilities. Showcase your talent in Theatre @ York’s annual season. Specialize in Production & Design (including stage management), Acting (voice, movement, performance) or Theatre Studies (playwriting, dramaturgy, devised theatre, drama in education) in a premier program that has launched a generation of celebrated talent for the stage and screen.

Translation / Traduction

Now available as a direct-entry program, Glendon offers the only Translation degree program in southern Ontario. The campus’s bilingual environment provides access to many language resources, as well as to local and global internships. Enhance your certifications in English, French or Spanish; try a bilingual or trilingual iBA; or fine-tune your writing with the Certificate of Technical & Professional Communication.

Undecided Major

Take time to think about your future and begin your studies. Explore your interests and develop your strengths by taking courses in a variety of subjects before declaring your major.

Undecided Major / Majeure non déterminée

If you’re entering your first year of university and like all that makes Glendon unique, an Undecided Major is a way to begin your studies without selecting a major. Explore your interests and think about your options, then choose your major heading into second year. Specific career paths will depend on the major ultimately chosen. The liberal arts will help you develop numerous skills required for jobs in government, business, communications and more.

United States Studies

One of this planet’s most powerful nations, the United States has a rich history and rapidly evolving future. You’ll develop a broad understanding of this country through studies in literature, history, politics and the arts. Specialize in topics such as the U.S. in the world or African American culture.

Urban Studies

Delve into cities, urban social life and the relationship that cities have with other spaces. Explore the ways in which political institutions, social relations, economic systems, physical structures, ecological processes and cultural understandings weave together into the social fabric.

Work & Labour Studies

Explore the issues arising from work and employment, the impact of globalization, and the role of unions and social movements in making
work better for everyone. You will understand the dynamics of the workplace and how our experience of work is changing.

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