The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide range of courses in both pure and applied mathematics and statistics. These meet the needs of students who wish to major in mathematics or statistics as well as those who require some knowledge of mathematics or statistics in other disciplines. In addition, there are courses for those who have a general interest in these subjects.
This Minor/Certificate in Advocacy and Public Engagement Training affirms the role of students and scholars as active citizens, community leaders, and partners in empowerment. It offers training in advocacy and methods of public engagement that can bridge the academic and nonacademic divide. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed upon high-impact experiential education experiences, including ethnographic community-based research and a capstone work placement. Recognizing the value of cross-cultural competencies for solving today’s complex social, economic and environmental problems, it allows students to obtain a choice of theoretical informed perspectives on issues and movements related to mental health/disability, the environment, human rights, reproductive rights, refugees/migration, First Nations, race/racism, gender and sexuality.
The interdisciplinary program in African Studies provides students with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Africa in conjunction with another discipline.
Students will learn about the history of and perspectives on the language and the signing community in Canada with which thousands of Deaf and hearing people are associated.
Anthropology concentrates on change in the contemporary world, especially in relation to new and emerging social challenges.
Applied mathematics is, by its core nature, multidisciplinary. Modern applications of research in the sciences, engineering and social sciences are highly technical, often requiring sophisticated mathematical treatment and algorithm design to advance key problems of interest to industry or policy makers.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate but does offer courses in Arabic language and culture.
The Cross-Disciplinary Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) Certificate integrates technology, law and business into creative problem-solving and innovation and is designed to teach, promote, focus and recognize student entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.
Biochemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of biological molecules, including their interactions with other molecules within organisms.
Biology, the science of life, is concerned with the structure and function of organisms, their evolution and ecology. The Department of Biology offers undergraduate instruction in all the major fields of biology, with particular strength in cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology.
Glendon's biology program is a great option if you’re interested in exploring the major topics in biology with an emphasis on conservation biology, ecology and animal behaviour. Although the discipline of biology is diverse, conservation biology, ecology and animal behaviour are among the most important features of the environmental aspects of our daily activities. As a student in our program, you will be at the forefront of scientific research that shapes and reflects what the workforce is looking for.
Biophysics is an interdisciplinary frontier of science in which the principles and techniques of physics are applied to study living things and how they work.
Schulich’s undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration programs - the BBA and iBBA - offer students a challenging and rewarding full-time course of study. Schulich students develop critical thinking and analytical skills while establishing a solid foundation in business concepts. Further, an undergraduate education at Schulich provides students with countless opportunities to grow and develop their soft skills.
The Business and Society (BUSO) program is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree program which provides students with the tools needed to study the relationship between business, the economy and society.
Business Economics integrates aspects of economics and business studies, focusing on the use of economic analysis and statistical methods to deal effectively with management problems in practical business fields.
Business Economics combines the studies of business administration and economics. Your degree will provide you with the fundamental principles of economic theory, as well as the managerial and accounting skills necessary to succeed in the business world. You’ll consider questions such as why some companies are more successful than others, which industries will be growing fastest over the next years, and whether investors should move their money from debt to equity.
The Honours Minor program described may be combined with any approved non-business Honours program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental and Urban Change, Glendon, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science, or the Lassonde School of Engineering. Students cover the basics building blocks (management, statistics for business, economics, accounting, marketing and finance) and then add three courses to be selected from a list of more than twenty courses in the most diverse fields of business education.
Canadian Studies at Glendon College is the in-depth study of the Canadian experience and the place of the country in the world. It provides students with the opportunity to study national issues in both official languages and from a variety of disciplines, including History, Geography, Law, Political Science and Sociology. With courses in ‘Language, Culture and Literature,’ ‘Structures of Society’ and ‘Economy and the Environment,’ you will develop a multi-dimensional understanding of Canada’s political and legal systems, socio-cultural and linguistic landscapes as well as its geographical, ecological and historical realities, including in its relationship to Indigenous Peoples.
Current York students may complete the requirements of the certificate while they pursue degrees in other York programs.
The certificate program is also open to students who have already completed a university degree program.
Applicants without prior university education may apply to be admitted to the direct-entry certificate program through York University’s mature student application process.
The Certificate in Athletic Therapy includes course encompassing prevention of athletic injuries, injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, and the medical aspects of involvement in sport.
The Black Canadian Studies Certificate introduces the study of Black Canada through four specific humanities and fine arts approaches: cultural studies, history, literature, and music.
Explore and gain applied skills to respond to the climate crisis through climate action and the development of Climate Solutions and Sustainable Energy (CSSE) solutions, including in energy efficiency, renewable and distributed energy resources and community energy and climate change planning. The United Nations has identified Climate Action and Clean and Affordable Energy among its key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a growing market for sustainable energy practitioners in Canada and around the world.
The certificate prepares students to collaborate with communities to make art of all forms, to express diverse identities, to explore and take action on social and environmental issues. Students develop cultural and artistic skills, deepen their social analysis and learn to facilitate creative processes with groups working for social change.
This certificate program provides a critical social science approach to health provision for those professional programs that deal with the health system, and health needs, of people from a broad range of cultural traditions.
This Certificate is designed to address a growing need for Spanish-English translators in Canada—particularly in Toronto–with practical university-level training in the field of Translation.
The Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling is earned concurrently with the honours degree in Kinesiology & Health Science by completeing specified courses along with the required core courses.
Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores relations of power in the lives of individuals, groups and cultures in multiple settings and sites locally and transnationally.
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing is offered by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Lassonde School of Engineering.
Geomatics encompass the art, science and technology involved in collecting, managing and communicating geographically-referenced information.
The Certificate in Meteorology is a one-year (Fall/Winter) certificate designed to provide specialized education in atmospheric processes to those students who have already completed a university degree in physical science or applied mathematics, thereby preparing them for careers in atmospheric science.
The Certificate in Professional Writing in French, offered by the Department of French Studies, consists in a progressive training in all aspects of writing: grammatical and lexical correctness, stylistic adequacy and variety, genres and practices in public and professional writing, computational writing tools and document design, written communication effectiveness. The certificate aims at training versatile professional writers, who will have an extensive understanding of the way professional written communication works and will create documents addressing reader’s needs and expectations.
The Certificate in Psychological Methods and Data Analysis allows students to obtain recognition for completing, with good standing, a broad range of courses related to research methods, statistics, and related topics. By completing the Certificate, students gain skills in study design, basic and advanced statistical methods, basic and advanced research methods, data analysis, psychometrics, and communicating the results of analyses to a variety of audiences. Quantitative skills are in high demand, and thus completing the Certificate provides graduates with an advantage when competing for positions in the workforce or post-graduate education.
This program is certified (accredited) by TESL Ontario.
This program will provide (1) an understanding of how the English language works to convey meanings of different kinds and to respond to different needs; (2) an ability to write effectively and revise the writing of others in a professional and technical setting and; (3) the skills to work as a technical and professional writer and act as a language consultant.
The Certificate in the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language (D-TEIL) provides students with solid foundations to enter the international field of English language teaching. In its various courses, the program introduces a range of general linguistic principles and critical views on applied linguistics, which culminate with exciting opportunities to experience an international teaching practicum in Brazil, Cuba, or Colombia.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Advanced French Language Proficiency concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in French studies.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Advanced French Language Proficiency for Business concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in French studies.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Basic French Language Proficiency concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in French studies.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Basic French Language Proficiency for Business concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in French studies.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Intermediate French Language Proficiency concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in French studies.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Chinese Language concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Proficiency in German Language concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is open to students pursuing a degree in German studies: culture and society stream. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in German studies (German Language, Literature and Culture).
York University students may earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Italian Language concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor's degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in Italian Studies.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Japanese Language concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor's degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in Japanese Studies.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program but does offer a certificate of language proficiency and language courses in Modern Greek.
The Hebrew language program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers a variety of courses that introduce you to Hebrew language and literature through different periods of their fascinating history - from Biblical Hebrew through Rabbinic and Medieval Hebrew to Modern Hebrew. The Department does not offer a degree program but there is a Certificate of Proficiency in Modern Hebrew Language and courses are offered in Hebrew. The degree program in Jewish Studies, housed in the Department of Humanities, requires courses in Hebrew.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese Language concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in Portuguese.
The Certificate builds skills and competencies in Spanish for specific professional purposes such as commerce, finance, law or healthcare. It also builds intercultural communication skills required for communicating in multicultural contexts and for global exchanges.
York University students may earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish Language concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is also open to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who are admissible according to Faculty and University policies. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in Spanish within the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or within the Department of Hispanic Studies/Études Hispaniques at Glendon College.
Chemistry is the study of the structure and properties of matter including the energy changes that accompany chemical reactions.
The Children, Childhood and Youth program explores the experiences of children and adult constructions of childhood throughout time and across cultures.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program but does offer a certificate of proficiency, language courses in Chinese and courses on Chinese literature, film, culture, and business.
This program examines how cities and regions may be planned in more just and sustainable ways through three thematic strengths: Urban Worlds - engages with different ways of being in cities around the world to consider how urban residents live and interact with each other and produce interconnected urban places. Urban Planning and Politics - deals with the institutions, struggles and processes that help create and govern communities, cities, regions, and urban networks. Urban Political Ecology - focuses on the role of nature and environment in the process of urbanization, urban form and urban life.
Civil Engineering is perhaps the most diverse discipline in terms of its scope and application and has a profound impact on society and quality of life. It also plays a huge role in the development of mineral and energy sources and in protecting our natural and built environment. The undergraduate program in Civil Engineering at Lassonde encompasses designing, building and maintaining infrastructure, foundation design, natural hazards, water and sewage treatment, waste management systems, environmental site assessments and transportation systems.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers first-year Classical Greek.
The Classical Studies program offers a broad range of exciting courses in Greek and Roman history, Greek and Roman literature and culture, Greek and Roman art and architecture, Greek philosophy, and in Greek and Latin language.
The degree program in classics focuses on Greek and Latin language and literature.
Cognitive science is the scientific study of the mind and its processes. What is especially exciting about cognitive science is its emphasis on interdisciplinary cooperation.
The School of Administrative Studies is one of the largest undergraduate business programs in Canada, offering a 90-credit Bachelor of Commerce, a 120-credit Specialized Honours BCom and a BCom Specialized Honours in Information Technology.
The Communication and Media Studies program offers a wide range of courses in three thematic areas: critical technology studies; politics, policy, and the media; and media, culture and society.
This is a joint program with Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.
Glendon offers the only bilingual communications program in southern Ontario, one of only three in Canada. You’ll explore topics that echo the current issues of today’s globalized world, such as the hidden lives of data, the human right to privacy, and the mechanics of online marketing and advertising. Discover your role as a digital citizen while developing your communication expertise in both English and French.
Offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, computer engineering combines theoretical foundations in physical and computer science with the system, software, and hardware engineering concepts to develop reliable and effective computer-based devices and systems.
Offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the computer science program is the study of processes involving the storage, transmission and transformation of information in the context of modern electronic technology.
The computer security program, offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, provides an educational foundation for students to better understand threats to computer systems and the techniques for mitigating those threats.
Creative writing is a delayed-entry Honours BA program. Students planning to apply for admission to the Creative Writing program are strongly advised to six credits in writing related courses among their first 30 University credits.
The cross-disciplinary Certificate in Aging brings together courses across different disciplines (Kinesiology and Health Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc.) with the underlying theme of aging and allows students to develop competence and skills related to such areas as: positive aging and life-long learning about aging; professional conduct with older people; diverse cultural perspectives to understanding aging; advocacy on behalf of older adults; caregiver support and increasing respite capacity; and problem solving and intervention design for age related concerns.
An interdisciplinary certificate based in the Department of Equity Studies, CARRP deals with racial issues in the workplace, schools, health care, immigration, law enforcement, media and the expressive arts. Students, who complete CARRP and who are accepted into the Social Work program will be eligible to count up to 12 certificate credits towards the social work degree, provided these courses are passed at minimum grades of B. For required courses in CARRP, refer to Certificate Requirements section. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.
This cross-disciplinary certificate may be taken by students who have community college diplomas or university degrees or concurrently by students in any university degree program or independently by students who are professionals in the health field. Students will learn how to: design and use databases, analyse user requirements and design information systems, use Electronic Health Records, develop and manage information systems, analyze and assess technologies, practice evidence-based decision making, and critically evaluate eHealth systems.
York University students may earn a Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Indigenous Studies in addition to fulfilling the requirements for an undergraduate degree. This certificate is open to students in all undergraduate Faculties.
York undergraduate students may earn a Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Public History concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The Cross-Disciplinary Certificate provides students with an introduction to the theory, methods, and practice of work in historical, heritage, and cultural institutions, and a critical understanding of the production and presentation of historical knowledge for public audiences.
Glendon College undergraduate students may earn a Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Public History concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The Cross-Disciplinary Certificate provides students with an introduction to the theory, methods, and practice of work in historical, heritage, and cultural institutions, and a critical understanding of the production and presentation of historical knowledge for public audiences.
Sexuality Studies is a field that examines sexual desires and pleasures, acts and behaviours, identities and subjectivities, communities and cultures, movements and organizing.
The Department of Dance offers a comprehensive education in dance as a performing art leading to an Honours BFA, Honours BA degree or a BA.
The program offers a comprehensive, intensive and professional education in graphic design and a curriculum that reflects the distinct theoretical, research and practicum focus and needs of the graphic design profession.
The cross-Faculty BA program in Digital Media, in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, combines a unique and rich blend of technology, media and communication, drawing on the strengths of Computer Science, Fine Arts, Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences.
As a student in our program, you will gain the conceptual and analytical tools necessary to critically assess the principals and practices underpinning emergency management and prepare for a rewarding career in this rapidly growing field. Through the exploration of topics such as business continuity planning and disaster risk management, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of how to apply key concepts, methodologies and technologies used by emergency management professionals to complex real-life challenges.
Glendon’s program in Drama and Creative Arts gives you the opportunity to study the many dimensions of theatre or visual art, with a customized blend of classroom study and studio/performance opportunities. The program has two Honours streams, one in Drama and one in Visual Arts.
Students in the engineering and international development studies program choose one of the engineering programs, plus the international development studies requirements. Graduates are awarded both BEng and BA degrees.
This is a four-year program culminating with an Honours International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) from York University (Glendon) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from emLyon Business School (France). Students take courses in alternance at Glendon and emLyon Business School. The program also includes international internships.
The Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering offers a Specialized Honours BSc degree in Earth and Atmospheric Science (EATS) with Streams in: Atmospheric Science, Geomatics Science, and Space Science. (Please note: The degree requirements for each Specialized Honours stream vary.)
There are multiple certificates available in the Earth and Atmospheric Science program:Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing - The course provides our students with applied skills in the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, satellite image processing, and computer cartography.
Certificate in Meteorology - A background in mathematics, physics and chemistry is required to understand the complex and varied processes that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere. This practical program offers an outstanding preparation for students at Lassonde considering a career in weather forecasting or specialist meteorology field or as a foundation for further research and graduate study.
The East Asian Studies program offers a broadly based approach to the study of the peoples and civilizations of East Asia.
The Economics program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies introduces students to the discipline of economic thinking and equips them for intelligent appraisal of contemporary economic problems in a variety of national and international markets (product, labour, capital, etc.).
Economics is the study of how people and organizations choose to allocate limited resources across competing areas. You will learn about management, international markets, and labour markets, as well as the fundamentals of economic theory. You will examine questions such as why some countries are rich and others poor, and why rent is so much higher in Toronto than in Sudbury, and whether free trade will make us richer.
The completion of a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree provides the qualifications to teach in one teaching panel (Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate or Intermediate-Senior) in schools, including certification with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). The program is offered in Concurrent Direct-Entry and Consecutive delivery models.
The Bachelor of Eduation (BEd) Technological Education is also offered to those who would like to become teachers of Technological Education at the Intermediate-Senior (grades 9-12) level.
The Bachelor of Arts (Educational Studies) program aims to provide foundational knowledge and skills so that students will be able to understand and analyze education and its role in contemporary society, and develop students' skills to enable them to undertake educational work in non-teacher-certification contexts.
Offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical Engineering deals with the electrical, electronic and wireless infrastructure that enables our modern life.
The English Department offers a variety of courses in the literature of the English language.
The English Program stands as a hub in the middle of the liberal arts studied at Glendon. It is a pathway to and an intersection with a variety of other programs and disciplines, and its faculty’s specialization in the many aspects of English studies define it as a site of interdisciplinary scholarship and learning. Covering the long history of literature in English from its medieval origins to its evolution into a modern global phenomenon, as well as Canada’s own rich literary tradition, our program is designed to respond to your evolving interests and needs.
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.
The ESL program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies reflects York University's commitment to students across all faculties, both domestic and international, for whom English is not a first language.
The English as a second language (ENSL) program is for students for whom English is an additional language. ENSL courses help language learners hone their academic literacy skills so they can succeed in their bilingual academic programs. At the same time, ENSL courses allow learners to continue developing their communicative language skills to participate in the diverse and vibrant plurilingual communities that Glendon offers.
Certificate programs provide students with a thematic coherence and form a coherent yet distinctive complement to the major of a degree program, or lead to gaining of specific skills or professional expertise. Students can cocurrently pursue a certificate while completing their degree program.
This highly interdisciplinary program merges courses in literature, social science, environmental science, media production, performance and art with hands-on learning opportunities in and outside the classroom. You’ll develop leadership, analytical, collaborative and presentation skills – key to envisioning and realizing a better environmental future.
This program focuses on the biology of environmental issues, integrating ecological theory and practice to predict, quantify and address the impact of stressors such as habitat loss, pollutants, climate change, resource harvesting and invasive species on living systems.
The cross-Faculty BSc degree program in Environmental Science is a joint offering and collaboration between the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and the Faculty of Science and combines the study of integrating biology, chemistry, physics and physical geography by interacting systems climate change, biodiversity conservation, and physical geography.
Environmental science encompasses the study of the major natural interacting systems of climate, water, biota and landforms and the effects of human activities on these systems.
Housed in the largest fine arts teaching facility in Canada, we are the oldest and most comprehensive university-based film program in the country, with a curriculum rooted in the interrelationship of theory and practice. Streams include: screenwriting and media studies.
The Financial and Business Economics program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies combines a rigorous quantitative and analytical approach with practical application and is specifically designed for students who are interested in understanding the workings of financial markets, such as the stock market and the financing of companies.
French as a Second Language (FSL) is not offered as a degree program or certificate, but Glendon does offer courses in FSL.
A sequence of language-skills courses with cultural content allows students to develop their proficiency in oral and written French.
French Studies at Glendon gives you the opportunity to study literature of the French speaking world, French and applied linguistics, French as a first- and second-language, and the many facets of French culture.
Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores relations of power in the lives of individuals, groups and cultures in multiple settings and sites locally and transnationally.
This program places the study of law in the context of a liberal arts education, that is, the law is studied within both a humanities and a social science context. Some courses emphasize the moral and philosophical dimensions that inform legal life and link the study of law with social and political thought. Others focus on legal institutions: how they yield regulation and socially sanctioned force, and how they interact with society.
York University students may earn a General Certificate in Law and Society concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in law and society.
Practical ethics is an exciting new area of multidisciplinary study and research which provides the opportunity to apply ethical concepts and principles to contemporary social issues.
The Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies is a general, interdisciplinary certificate, addressing issues concerning ethnic communities, gender, racism, migration, policy, cultural identity and international relations, augmenting your work in the field or professional life. Participation in the Centre for Refugee Studies Seminar Series is required. See schedule at the Centre for Refugee Studies website: crs.info.yorku.ca. Please contact the Centre for Refugee Studies, suite 317, York Lanes for further information regarding the participation component.
York University students may earn a General Certificate in Urban Studies concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in urban studies.
Geography is concerned with the interrelationships among the earth’s physical and human environments. Geographers study climate change, resource depletion, human migration, globalization, geopolitics, poverty, inequality and vulnerability – their causes, consequences and implications on urban and regional development.
Offered by the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Geomatics Engineering is the discipline that focuses on the science and technologies related to: a) positioning and navigation; b) sensors, measurements and mapping; and c) spatial awareness and intelligence.
German Studies is an interdisciplinary program. Our courses explore German culture from a wide range of perspectives including language, literature, film, intellectual and cultural history, urban studies, museum studies, and women's studies.
Global Geography addresses globalization and place-making among people in their social and physical worlds. You will learn to analyze the links between cities and the world economy, understand processes of uneven development and inequality, and learn how migration and mobility shape our politics and society. Global Geography engages climate change and environmental processes through a distinctive mix of physical science, geographical information systems (GIS), and social science. Geographers work across boundaries: thinking through problems using diverse approaches at multiple scales, from the local landscape around us to the global human impact on the earth today.
York's Global Health degree (BA and BSc), in the Faculty of Health, examines global health challenges including chronic and communicable diseases and many related issues such as wealth disparity, environmental degradation, government policy and human rights with a focus on preparing the next generation of health leaders with the knowledge and skills to improve health for people worldwide.
Graduates of York’s programs in the Department of Politics have established successful careers in areas such as: law, public service, the private sector, international agencies, advocacy organizations, the media, and active politics. Graduates of the Global Political Studies program are also especially qualified to pursue graduate studies in political science and related disciplines in the social sciences. Visit our website to see where our graduates are today.
The Health and Society (HESO) program provides students with a toolkit for understanding health and illness, both as lived realities and as reflections of larger social, cultural and political processes, on a scale ranging from the interpersonal to the international.
In the Health Informatics program, students take courses in the collection, management and analysis of health information, the design, implementation and maintenance of health information systems, and the evaluation of health information and communication technologies.
In the Health Management program, students take courses in organizational behaviour, health services management, healthcare quality and safety, health system performance, information management systems, and health care leadership.
In the Health Policy program, students take courses that will explore structural aspects of the health care system and assess outcomes in a variety of settings with the goal of developing policies that are both proactive and sustainable.
The programs emphasize the organization of health care and other systems, the diversity of Canadians, the role of communities, and fairness and social justice as integral considerations in the development of effective health care models.
The degree program in Hellenic Studies offers a coherent program of study in Greek language, literature, history, philosophy, art and culture from antiquity to the contemporary period.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate but does offer language courses in Hindi-Urdu as well as courses on South Asian literature and culture.
Hispanic Studies offers a whole range of courses in language, literature, culture and linguistics. Language courses are designed to provide you with a basic level of fluency in spoken and written Spanish. The literature courses at the introductory level include surveys of major trends and major works in Spanish and Spanish-American literature. At the advanced level, literature and civilization courses provide concentration in both Spanish-American and Spanish cultures. Courses in Hispanic Linguistics examine the structure of Modern Spanish and its different stages of evolution.
The Department of History offers courses covering thousands of years of history in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. At the 1000 level, students are introduced to the discipline of history through courses that emphasize theory, method and historiography, and that concentrate on fundamental reading, writing, research and analytic skills. At the 2000 level, students are introduced to major chronological and geographic fields of history. More specialized courses are offered at the 3000 level, while 4000-level seminars and colloquia enable small groups of Honours students to focus on specific historical topics.
The Glendon History program helps students to hone research, writing, and critical thinking skills through topics such as the scientific revolution, global commodities, social movements, political thought, immigration, and public history. Our professors have profiles typical of large research-focused institutions but we offer liberal arts college-sized classes. You’ll set yourself apart in the workforce by being able to analyze, select and synthesize information to present in compelling arguments. Combine our hallmark bilingual language advantage with training in our digital lab, a selection of internationally-focused courses, an exchange, or our unique bilingual or trilingual iBA degree. You can also earn a cross-disciplinary Certificate in Public History to prepare you for professions in the heritage and cultural fields.
The Honours Minor BA in Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to complete courses in two or more AMPD departments at the 1000 or 2000 levels of study and courses at the 3000 or 4000 level of study. The program name reflects the pan-School/Faculty nature of the minor.
This degree is intended for undergraduate students who use English as a second language and seek to enhance their English language proficiency in ways that will specifically apply to their chosen field of study and careers as graduates. The designation of a Minor will offer international students an opportunity to enhance their degree program with an academic credential attesting to their communication abilities for academic and professional purposes
There are multiple certificates available in the Human Resource Management program.
Students in human rights and equity studies explore the ethical principles of human rights as well as the roots and impact of human rights violations and efforts at redress. Problems of physical, social and economic security, cultural autonomy, and political rights and freedom of expression are examined.
The Department of Humanities offers Honours BA, Honours iBA and BA degrees in humanities that allow students to take advantage of a wide range of courses addressing important themes in the liberal arts. This broadly-based program of interdisciplinary study emphasizes the different ways in which human cultures and their multiple forms of expression have developed historically and continue to develop today. Humanities courses devote particular attention to the cultural practices of peoples in various times and places and the ways they have expressed cultural values and ideas of a philosophical, religious, moral, political and aesthetic nature. They foster a critical approach to reading and research that, in helping students learn to identify and question preconceived assumptions and values, allows them to engage and appreciate the interrelationship between diverse value systems and thereby to develop an analysis of the human and of human community. Courses stress careful scrutiny of texts and cultural artifacts, critical thinking, reading, writing, seminar discussion and close contact between teacher and student.
For purposes of meeting degree program requirements, all nine-credit foundations courses count as six credits towards the humanities major or minor. Six-credit first year courses do not count toward the major or minor.
The Specialized Honours BA program in Individualized Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue a topic or line of enquiry that requires drawing together courses from several of the University's disciplines or fields of study.
The Integrative Arts Specialized Honours BFA Program is a unique, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Computational Arts and the Department of Visual Art and Art History, focusing on the unexplored spaces between disciplines.
The Interdisciplinary Social Science degree program (ISS), offered by the Department of Social Science, provides students with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary social science research methods and critical social theory.
The iBSc and iBA degree programs are structured to build on the established strengths of the Honours programs by including a mandatory period of study abroad. The program requires students to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University’s partner institutions abroad.
The degree builds on the established strengths of the Honours programs, and combines them with BSc non-science requirements and other required courses outside the major, most of which will be taken in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and a mandatory period of study abroad.
The interdisciplinary program in International Development Studies offers a variety of courses in the field of development studies. Students in the program are required to complete a coherent set of core courses, as well as a selection of courses from a number of departments and disciplines which focus on the histories, political economies and cultures of various regions and their diasporic communities.
In collaboration with the Departments of Computer Science in the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (BRSU) and the University of Crete (UOC), the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers an International Dual Degree program in Computer Science (BSc and Specialized Honours BSc only).
This is a bilingual program that provides core and elective courses in key areas of international relations, notably the theoretical strategic, economic and cultural dimensions. The program aims to develop a systematic understanding of the problems and potentialities of international society.
Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the best tradition of the humanities. We offer courses in literature, culture, language, linguistics, media, film and Italian-Canadian studies.
Jamaican Creole is an English-based language with influences from West Africa. It developed in the 17th century and today it is spoken primarily by speakers living in Jamaica and in places around the world to which Jamaicans have moved. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate but does offer language courses in Jamaican Creole. The courses in Jamaican Creole offered at York cover a wide variety of topics.
The Honours Minor in Japanese Studies may be combined with any approved Honours B.A. program that offers a major/minor option. This core curriculum ensures that students will achieve advanced level language proficiency based on knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture in cross- cultural contexts.
In addition to Judaism as a religion, Jewish studies explores the texts, histories, cultures, sociologies, languages and fine arts of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present, locating these within the context of the many western and non-western civilizations in which Jews have lived.
Kinesiology and Health Science is the study of physical activity and its importance for human health, health science and society.
The Kinesiology and Health Science program offers a Certificate in Athletic Therapy and a Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate of language proficiency but does offer language courses in Korean and courses on Korean culture and society, popular culture, film, linguistics and literature. It offers these courses in various formats including face-to-face, blended and online. One section of the elementary level Korean during the regular academic year and in summer is offered fully online, and some of the culture courses are offered in a blended format.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers one of the widest selections of languages of any Canadian university: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Greek (both Classical and Modern), Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Jamaican Creole, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Yiddish.
Latin was the language spoken and written by the ancient Romans from before Rome became a dominant power in the Mediterranean in the third century BC until after the fall of Rome in the fifth century AD. It remained a powerful common language in Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Europe. Latin is the immediate ancestor of the Romance Languages, and it is the original source for the majority of English words.
Internationally renowned as one of Canada's most distinguished law schools, Osgoode Hall Law School is known for its extraordinary legal education, unparalleled experiential opportunities, supportive environment and commitment to community. Our faculty and alumni are among the country's top legal thinkers responsible for shaping the legal and policy landscape in Canada and abroad. A Juris Doctor (JD) from Osgoode is a recognized credential that opens doors to careers in law, policy, government, business, social justice, academia and more.
The Law and Society program is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary Honours program that examines law in its broader social and cultural context. It is one of the oldest and largest such legal studies programs in North America.
Linguistics is the scientific study of natural language organization. It concerns itself with discovering the universal principles of human language and applying these principles to provide systematic descriptions of individual languages. To this purpose, linguists investigate sound and word patterns, sentence structure, language usage and change, the acquisition of first and second languages, as well as the relationship between language and the mind and language and society.
The Glendon Linguistics and Language Studies program is a bilingual (French-English) program in its domestic BA format and both bi-and trilingual in its International BA format.
The Honours Minor in Marketing may be combined with any approved non-business Honours program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental and Urban Change, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, or the Lassonde School Engineering. Students cover the basics building blocks of marketing and then add fours courses to be selected from a list of more than twenty courses in the most diverse applications of marketing.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide range of courses in both pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Mathematical biology, a program in the field of applied mathematics, aims to represent biological processes using a variety of mathematical tools and techniques. Mathematical modelling has direct impact in areas such as disease prevention, the development of ecosystems and waste management.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide range of courses in both pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Providing a solid foundation in pure mathematics, the Mathematics program guides students through subject areas that underpin the most powerful methods in abstract and quantitative reasoning: linear algebra, group theory, number theory, calculus and analysis, and computing.
Mathematics is a fundamental basis for a large number of activities in the modern world and is a gateway to numerous professions. Pursuing a Mathematics program will give you knowledge in various branches of pure and applied mathematics, such as analysis, linear and modern algebra, topology and geometry, probability and statistics, and financial mathematics.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide range of courses in both pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Students in the Mathematics for Education program have the opportunity to learn mathematics, and also to explore various pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning mathematics.
Offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering trains profession to serve the needs in a wide spectrum of areas.
Medical Anthropology provides an anthropological perspective on health and illness processes and the socio-cultural factors that shape the experience of illness, patterns of health and disease, and access to health care services.
Modes seeks to introduce students to university culture, interdisciplinary modes of inquiry, and critical skills. However, Modes emphasizes additional critical reasoning skills.
The mandate of our students and faculty is to make and share music and to acquire, develop and disseminate musical knowledge. We understand musical study as interacting with nearly all studies pursued in the University — those of the humanities and the other fine arts, the social and natural sciences and the professions.
The natural science courses are designed, as part of the BA and iBA general education program, to acquaint those students not intending to be professionally concerned with science with the outlook, methods and some of the achievements of science.
Understanding the brain and nervous system to address neurological and mental health disorders is one of the most pressing scientific challenges of our time.
The interdisciplinary nature of York’s undergraduate program gives students access to renowned researchers working in many different areas of neuroscience. The program’s small size encourages collaboration amongst students, faculty members, and community partners as they investigate the development, structure, and function of the nervous system including the ways it can change – whether naturally or through human intervention.
The School of Nursing focuses on the theoretical, scientific and philosophical knowledge of nursing. Through an innovative person-centric approach to teaching, York University's School of Nursing prepares graduates to advance the profession in healthcare systems, communities, governments, and in research and academic settings. Graduates become practice and health system leaders, change agents, policy-makers, educators and nurse scientists, and join others in advocating for health as a human right.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate but does offer language courses in Persian as well as courses on Persian culture and cinema.
"Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.” (Bertrand Russell)
Philosophy, it is often said, teaches not what to think, but how to think. The skills it develops are those which are at the heart of a liberal arts education.
Physics and astronomy are quantitative sciences which employ the scientific method of observation, experiment and systemization of the results of experiment. Their objectives are to understand the ways in which the most fundamental systems in nature operate.
Graduates of York’s Political Science program have established successful careers in areas such as: law, public service, the private sector, international agencies, advocacy organizations, the media, and active politics. Graduates of the program are also especially qualified to pursue graduate studies in political science and related disciplines in the social sciences. Visit our website to see where our graduates are today.
Success in today’s world depends on a clear understanding of how government and power work. Empowered citizens can not only describe and explain society but use their understanding to change it. Glendon’s Political Science program fosters rigorous analysis, clear thinking, and effective communication on the major issues of our time. You’ll learn in dynamic, innovative, and small classes, with the personalized attention for which Glendon is lauded.
Experience all the Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies program has to offer: connect with community and university-wide activities, lectures series, theatre and music/literary events; gain valuable research and cross-cultural skills and build your international networks by participating in faculty-led research projects. Course offerings include: Luso-Brazilian Cultures and Cinemas; Language in Context: Portuguese in the Greater Toronto Area; Mapping Brazilian Identity Through Fiction: History, Race and Gender; Aspects of Contemporary Portugal: Culture and Cinema; and Heroes, Marvels, Monsters and Beauties in Portuguese Literature.
The Accounting Certificate helps you prepare for the challenges of qualifying as a professional accountant by providing theoretical and practical approaches to accounting, performance management, taxation and auditing.the program.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide range of courses in both pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Actuarial science is the area of mathematics that applies quantitative methods to assess risks in the insurance and finance industries.
The Professional Certificate in Canadian Business for Internationally Educated Professionals offers students the foundational skills necessary to succeed in securing positions in business in the Canadian context.
The Emergency Management Certificate helps you prepare for the challenges of working as a professional in the field by providing theoretical and practical approaches to disasters prevention, business continuity and recovery among other aspects.
The Certificate in Financial Planning helps you prepare for the challenges of qualifying as a professional financial planner by providing theoretical and practical approaches to accounting, finance, taxation and financial planning.
The Certificate in Information Technology helps you prepare to qualify as a professional in the field of IT auditing and assurance applied to business organizations by providing theoretical and practical approaches to organizational structure, management information systems, e-commerce, legal environment and auditing.
The Certificate in Investment Management helps you prepare for the challenges of working as a professional in managing investments by providing theoretical and practical approaches to accounting, corporate finance, financial instruments and regulations as well as taxation.program.
The Logistics Certificate helps you prepare for the challenges of integrated logistics management by providing theoretical and practical approaches to operations management, purchasing, distribution, decision analysis, systems thinking and supply chain management.
The Management Certificate helps you prepare for the challenges of working in a business environment by providing theoretical and practical approaches to organizations, administration, individuals and teams.
The 24-credit certificate is a professional certificate aimed at individuals who wish to combine knowledge of public administration and law with expertise in another area demonstrated through the achievement of at least an undergraduate degree. This reflects the fact that the public sector employs individuals from diverse professional backgrounds, but their progress through the ranks typically requires an understanding of the legal and administrative aspects of government. Upon completion of the certificate, students will:
have a working knowledge of public administration and its hierarchy
have an understanding of the role of law within government
be familiar with the legal as well as administrative workings of government
be able to analyze the relationship between law, politics and public administration in a critical manner.
possess research skills in social science research as it pertains to public law and public administration, and in basic legal research.
The 24-credit Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis will appeal to individuals who have an interest in public policy analysis and who want their academic record to reflect the completion of a cluster of courses in public policy analysis in a formal way. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be competent to perform analysis of public policies in light of the role of government in civil society through:
linking theory to practice
having an understanding of financing of public policy programs including revenue sources and the decision-making rules for the allocation of funds;
familiarity with the implementation of public policies through the structures of public administration;
knowledge of the impact of social and economic policies;
well-developed research and critical thinking skills;
practical project-based experience in some of the optional courses with an experiential education component.
The Department of Psychology offers a curriculum spanning introductory to advanced-level courses. BA and BSc degrees are offered and programs include 3 year 90 credit, 4 year Honours, and 4 year Specialized Honours.
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and experience. Within the Psychology program, you can examine a variety of fields and viewpoints, including child development, sensation, perception, animal behaviour, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and more.
The mission of the School of Public Policy and Administration is to provide “Education for Good Governance.” The school’s programs are characterized by a strong emphasis on social justice, public ethics and commitment to democratic values. Students in the Public Administration program take courses from a mix of disciplines that provide a breadth of knowledge and opportunities to develop critical thinking, analytical capabilities and management skills.
Religious experience is an indispensable key to the understanding of human behaviour and thought. The Religious Studies program invites students to join in current scholarly efforts to study, analyze and understand different forms of religious experience from a number of disciplinary perspectives. In the core course, students will learn how to use various analytical methods to explore the rich variety of the world’s religious traditions. They may then, if they wish, concentrate on one religious tradition (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism etc.) or they may take a comparative approach. Students are expected to acquire breadth both in disciplinary approach and in subject matter. Religious studies emphasizes personal contact between its majors and the faculty participating in the program.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate of language proficiency but does offer courses on Russian literature and culture.
The Honours BSc Science and the bachelor BSc Science programs have no declared major. These programs are appropriate for a student who wishes to enrol in a broader range of courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels than can normally be undertaken in Honours or bachelor programs.
The Department of Science and Technology Studies provides students with the opportunity to study the place of modern science and technology in human culture and society from an integrated, critical and interdisciplinary perspective.
There are two points of admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree: 1) direct entry and 2) post degree. The Bachelor of Social Work program prepares students for professional social work. Successful practice experience is an essential requirement in the social work degree program. Students integrate theory with practice by completing a 700 hour placement at an agency setting supervised by an experienced and qualified Field Instructor (AP/SOWK 4000 6.00 and AP/SOWK 4001 6.00). The placement is intended to prepare students to function as professional social workers upon graduation. Students will be assigned a Faculty Advisor to support them through their practicum and are required to attend integrative seminars. The practicum courses are graded as "credit/no credit."
Sociology majors learn a methodology to study people and the roles they adopt in society as individuals and in groups, through exploration of social relations, interactions and power dynamics.
Sociology is the study of our social world — of our social lives as individuals, of how people connect as members of various groups, of how societies are organized, and of how they change over time. As a sociology student, you’ll consider the various options facing societies in an increasingly complex, specialized world.
Offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, software engineering is the systematic and disciplined approach to developing software. It applies computer science and engineering principles and practices to the creation, operation, and maintenance of reliable software systems.
Offered by the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE), Space Engineering is a discipline focused on the exploration and utilization of space for the benefit of humanity. Space engineers routinely push the frontiers of what is technologically feasible and work on exciting one-of-a-kind projects.
The Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, along with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, jointly offers a Specialized Honours degree stream in space science. After completing a two-year foundational curriculum, space science students may choose to focuses either upon the observation of the earth and atmosphere from space or upon space astronomy and space exploration.
The Spanish program studies the language, literatures and linguistics of Spain and Spanish America. Students undertake intensive Spanish language training in listening, reading, writing, and speaking, while discovering the Spanish-speaking world’s social and cultural context.
This program will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the field of speech and language sciences and disorders and will also function as a pre professional preparatory program for students who intend to pursue graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology and/orgraduate community college certificates in communicative disorders.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a wide range of courses in both pure and applied mathematics and statistics.
Dig into some of the most critical issues facing the earth today: the climate crisis, the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services provisions from nature. In the Sustainable Environmental Management program, you will investigate how the environment and natural resources are managed, and how we can transition toward more sustainable systems. You’ll learn key problem-solving, innovation and holistic strategies, combined with an understanding of policy, social dynamics with applied aspects of environmental science and technology.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics does not offer a degree program or certificate but does offer an Introductry Swahili course.
The Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Post-Baccalaureate Diploma is open to teachers who are certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Those who successfully complete this program -- which is offered full-time over one year or part-time over three years -- are recommended for the qualification, "Teaching Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing", with a specialization in either ASL/LSQ Communication, or Oral/Aural Communication to the OCT. The program is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and by the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CAEDHH).
York's Department of Theatre, with 22 full-time faculty members teaching more than 50 half- or full-year courses for majors, is the largest theatre department in Eastern Canada. Because of the department's location in Metropolitan Toronto, students have access to Canada's biggest concentration of English-language professional theatre companies and artists.
Our programs are built upon a core curriculum of theoretical and applied courses in translation, with options for minors, certificates, and other elective courses that build your knowledge in additional fields.
The program features a core curriculum of general and specialized courses in areas such as literary, financial, and medical translation, as well as theory courses and research-for-specific-purposes courses such as documentation and terminology, and computer assisted translation.
York's Urban Studies program offers a framework for an undergraduate liberal-arts education based in the study of modern metropolitan life and the social and spatial fabrics of cities.
The programs of study in the Department of Visual Art and Art History are based on a creative interaction among the historical, practical and critical/theoretical approaches to the visual arts supported within the context of a modern university.
Work and Labour Studies is an interdisciplinary program focused on the rapidly changing world of work and its impact on workers.
The Writing Department offers courses within a Professional Writing degree program as well as a variety of other credit courses.
This is a joint program with Seneca College.