Study what you love and learn what you need! At LA&PS our rich diversity of programs, led by award-winning professors who bring leading-edge ideas into the classroom, will prepare you to succeed in today’s world.
Choose your own path
Home to more than 90 programs and certificates within the professional fields, humanities and the social sciences, we offer our students access to a wide range of courses with almost unlimited potential to learn and grow. Versatile degree options let you blend two areas of study for a double major or round out your specialty with a minor in a complementary area.
Internationalize your degree
Explore education beyond Canada’s borders with an International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) degree, an internship abroad or an exchange with more than 40 universities around the world – or by earning credits with the LA&PS YorkU Abroad program. Even if you aren’t studying abroad, you’ll gain a global perspective right here, where you’re immersed in the diverse ideas and cultures of students from more than 100 countries.
Get real-world experience
Many of our programs offer practical experience and the opportunity to take part in work placements with partner organizations, participate in groundbreaking research projects, head up a volunteer initiative or participate in a community project. Learning from dedicated faculty who are leaders in their fields, you’ll push boundaries and uncover valuable insights that can transform communities at home and around the world.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 multidimensional 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.
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.
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.
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.
Broaden your career horizons with Commerce, one of the largest business programs in Canada. The BCom Specialized Honours program gives you the rare opportunity to specialize at the undergraduate level, focusing on one of the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Management, Management Science or Marketing. If you choose another program but are interested in business, consider the innovative minor programs in Business and Marketing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be part of an exciting and rapidly expanding field that’s impacting communities across the globe. You’ll explore key concepts, methodologies and strategies used by emergency-management professionals while honing your ability to analyze and think critically. You’ll also gain a comprehensive understanding of how emergency management intersects with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The School of Human Resource Management is Canada’s leader in HRM education. Through our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, you’ll gain the research, analytical and management skills to become a successful HR professional, able to deal effectively with challenging workplace issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the history, culture and modern issues of this increasingly important region. Our professors conduct research into the history of the region; social, labour and environmental aspects of international trade and economic development; political opposition movements; human rights; religion, literature and popular culture; and gender and women’s issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gain key administrative, management and leadership skills while learning how government works in theory and practice. Develop the knowledge and skills you need to analyze, formulate and evaluate policy at all levels of governance. Examine current and emerging debates on public institutions, law, human rights and diversity, as well as socio-economic issues. This program delivers professional knowledge and practical skills, and experiential education opportunities such as a limited number of practicum and internship positions.
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.
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.
Recognized as one of the most progressive and socially responsive Social Work programs in Canada, York’s program combines critical theory and practice experience in classroom and practicum settings. In the final year, you will spend three days a week on a placement working with experienced social workers.
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.
Explore the many cultures, histories, politics and religions of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face contemporary South Asia as it undergoes unprecedented social and political change, and emerges as a major world force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.