Anthropology – Social

One of Canada’s largest, most dynamic programs in sociocultural anthropology, integrating innovative research and theory with a commitment to social and economic justice. 4 specializations: Health, Illness & the Body; Knowledge Systems; Power, Politics & Development; Representation, Identity & Performance.

Art History

Flexible, dynamic program responsive to student needs and interests. Focus on the Canadian heritage in the visual arts. 4 specializations: Art & Architecture History; Critical Theory & Writing; Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture; Gallery & Museum Practices.

Cinema & Media Studies

A broadly humanities-based, interdisciplinary program within Canada’s largest Film Department in which students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of cinema and media through theoretical, historical and critical frameworks. 3 specializations: Cinema & Cultural Theory; National & Transnational Cinemas; Cinema & Technologies of the Image.

Communication & Culture

Joint program between York and Ryerson Universities. Faculty with expertise in communications, the social sciences, the humanities, media, and the fine arts examine and provide real-world experience on the social, political and economic aspects of global phenomena from deregulation to issues of privacy and security. Specializations include: Communication & Cultural Theory; Cultural Policy & Law; Cultural & Media History; Telecommunications Policy & Strategy; Technology Studies.

Critical Disability Studies

A research-intensive program that engages students in diverse theoretical and methodological conversations on current questions of critical theory, social policy, human rights and social justice within Critical Disability Studies. These conceptual tools facilitate an ongoing analysis of the lives and conditions of people living with disabilities and difference today and in the past, globally and locally.


The MA program fosters an understanding of dance in its cultural, intellectual and social contexts through combined theoretical and practical approaches; the unique MFA program is the only program in the world to offer research opportunities in both choreography and dance dramaturgy within the context of diverse contemporary dance practices.

Development Studies

Program offers students a full range of conceptual and methodological tools necessary for a deeper comprehension of the current issues and challenges of sustainable human development in a globalizing world. A variety of international internships and volunteer opportunities, as well as the program’s required fieldwork component, provide real-world experience.

Digital Media

An interdisciplinary program that uniquely combines computational science and artistic practice. Students will explore, develop, and critically engage with novel forms of digital media, with a primary focus on either the artistic or technological aspects of these studies.


Ranked among the top programs in Canada, it provides advanced and specialized skills invaluable in solving today’s economic problems. Specializations include: Econometrics; Industrial Organization; International Money and Finance; International Trade and Applied Economic Theory.


Distinguished and intellectually active faculty at the vanguard of literary inquiry in Canada encourage adventurous, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to literature. Specializations include American, British, Canadian and Postcolonial Literatures.

Études françaises

A unique interdisciplinary program featuring a double specialization in French Literature and French Linguistics and offering courses in French only on both York campuses. Specializations include: Literary Theory & Fields; Women’s Literature; Descriptive & Theoretical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; French Language Learning in a Canadian Context.

Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies

A program that focuses on feminist perspectives to teaching and research on women and gender as these intersect with sexualities, race, ethnicity, class, ability and age. Rigorous interdisciplinary training seeks to provide tools for social transformation in theory and praxis.


One of Canada’s leading programs, with recognized research strengths in Biophysical Processes and Critical Human Geography. Exploring multiple ways of knowing the world based on the social sciences, humanities and physical-biological sciences, nearly all graduate students engage in fieldwork.


Program explores health policy and the economic, political and social forces that shape it. Particular attention is given to how public policy influences the social inequalities that cause disease and the organization and delivery of health care.


Flexible graduate training both rigorous and lively that engages with traditional areas of scholarship and with innovations in historical research in one of the world’s top-ranked graduate History programs. Specializations include: Canadian History; African History; Social History; Cultural and Transnational History.


A program centred on the dynamic interaction of text and context within interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. An explicit focus on interdisciplinary scholarship in theory and in practice addresses critical issues involving western and non-western humanist traditions, both past and present.

Information Systems & Technology

A multidisciplinary approach draws together faculty who offer unique perspectives on information technology and the human factors that go into its use. The School of Information Technology enjoys an excellent reputation for providing the most current knowledge about information technologies and their application in modern organizations.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Provides an opportunity to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research that bridges three disciplinary categories. The student’s unique area of inquiry may combine the fine arts, sciences, health, social sciences, engineering, humanities, law and more.

Kinesiology & Health Science

A primarily research-based program with a broad commitment to social well-being, also offering professional development. 3 specializations: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology; Neuroscience & Biomechanics; Health & Fitness Behaviours.

Linguistics & Applied Linguistics

The program focuses on the broad study of language and society, language variation and change and second-language pedagogy. Specializations include: Core Linguistics (phonetics/phonology and syntax); Sociolinguistics (discourse analysis, language contact, language variation and change, language and law); Applied Linguistics (language policy and planning, issues of culture and identity, and language pedagogy).

Mathematics & Statistics

Programs dedicated to the exploration and development of new ideas in Mathematics & Statistics, and to fostering the understanding, appreciation and utility of those ideas. An MA in Mathematics for Teachers is also available.


Program offers a variety of coursework, research and teaching opportunities, with an emphasis on individual curriculum choice. Recognition is given to the multiple cultures that coexist in contemporary society and to the many contexts and concerns shaping musical expression and research. 6 general areas of specialization: Composition; Ethnomusicology; Jazz; Musicology; Popular Music; Performance.


Program focus blends contemporary and historical perspectives and draws inspiration from widely separated philosophical approaches. Option of diplomas: Value Theory & Applied Ethics; Health Services & Policy Research.

Political Science

One of Canada’s largest and most interdisciplinary programs, with particular strengths in democratic administration and the international political economy. 5 specializations: Canadian Politics; Comparative Politics; Women and Politics; International Relations; Political Theory.


Wide-ranging possibilities for interdisciplinary study in Canada’s largest graduate Psychology program.
7 specializations: Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Science; Developmental Science; History and Theory of Psychology; Quantitative Methods; Social and Personality; Clinical (Adult) Psychology; Clinical-Developmental Psychology.

Science & Technology Studies

An interdisciplinary program of study focused on the critical role of science and technology, both past and present. Research in the field applies the methods and theories of the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies to the examination of technology and scientific knowledge and practice.

Social & Political Thought

Following an interdisciplinary approach, this program aims to integrate intellectual interests common to the humanities and social sciences. Available to creative scholars and educators interested in pursuing highly independent studies.

Socio-Legal Studies

A program at the vanguard of interdisciplinary legal studies, and Canada’s first not based in a law school. Contributing faculty are leaders in international human rights, sociohistorical approaches to law, transnational policing, immigration and border security, indigenous rights and global financial crime.


One of Canada’s largest Sociology programs, with a well-established national and international reputation for theory and research. Award-winning faculty from multiple departments focus on critical scholarship, interdisciplinarity and sociological theory.

Theatre & Performance Studies

Exploring performances across a broad range of periods and cultural contexts, both on stage and in everyday life, to highlight the cultural, political, material and ideological dimensions of performance practices. Specializations include: Canadian Theatre & Cultural Politics; Postcolonialism & Globalization; Critical Pedagogy & Community Engagement; Embodiment & Cultural Memory.

Translation Studies

A wide-ranging, flexible program with classes taught in English and French designed for translation professionals or students with a dedicated interest in translation. Thesis and research work can focus on a wide range of language combinations.

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