Majors & Minors
Unconventional. Adaptable. Flexible.
Unlike more "traditional" universities, York can deliver a choice of majors and minors across more than 100 programs and two campuses. Many students combine majors and minors in completely different fields such as music and physics or psychology and business. York’s structural flexibility is designed to match your intellectual curiosity. The result? A program you’ll love, greater engagement with your studies and, in the long run, adaptability in your academic and career success.
CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS...
|Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD)||
|Lassonde School of Engineering||
|Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS)||
|Schulich School of Business||
Do you have a study path in mind but can’t see it on York’s list?
Are you convinced that York is the right place for you but don’t see your “dream” program? If you have a desire to create your own path and search for answers in places where few have looked before, then you should explore Individualized Studies programs.
Not sure what program? No problem!
Most Faculties will admit students as "undecided" or "undeclared" majors for their first year of study. An undecided/undeclared major lets you discover your interests and strengths by taking courses from a variety of disciplines. No matter what course of study you select, York offers you the most flexibility to mix and match your programs.
Five important terms to know
- Major: your area of primary study. For instance, you could be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History, Anthropology or English etc. A major requires the completion of approximately seven courses in one subject area.
- Double major: lets you concentrate your studies in two main areas. This flexibility gives you the chance to combine two related or unrelated areas of interest.
- Minor: an area of secondary concentration. A minor is a collection of five courses completed in an area other than your major.
- Degree: the designation you earn after completing your university studies. They are commonly referred to as Bachelor’s (BA, iBA, BSc, BES, BAS, iBSc, BFA etc.), Master’s (MA, MBA, MSc etc.) or Doctorate (PhD) degrees.
- Semester: a specific period of academic study. At York, a year is broken into three academic semesters — September to December; January to April; and May to August.
Plotting your course
For students who desire a more structured study path, academic advisers can help to suggest courses and plans for the years ahead. Specialized programs such as Engineering or Business Administration provide students with fixed plans of study.
Do you have a wide range of interests? York offers more than 5,000 courses.
An extensive selection like this lets you go where your interests and career plans lead you.