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...

Faculty of… Opportunities
Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD)
  • Double major or minor within AMPD (exception: any two BFA degree programs cannot be combined).
  • Double major or minor within selected subject areas in other Faculties including Environmental Studies, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, LA&PS or Science.
  • Students in Design and Digital Media cannot be combined as double major or minor with any other program.
Enviromental Studies
  • You will specialize within Environmental Studies.
  • Double major or minor with programs in Health or LA&PS.
  • Minor within programs in AMPD or Science.
Glendon
  • Double major or minor within subject areas at Glendon.
  • Glendon students have access to courses on the Keele campus and vice versa.
Health
  • Double major or minor within selected AMPD, Environmental Studies, Health, LA&PS, Lassonde School of Engineering or Science programs.
  • Students in Global Health or Nursing cannot combine their studies with other programs.
Lassonde School of Engineering
  • Students in Digital Media, Computer Security or Engineering cannot combine their studies with other programs.
  • Students in other programs may double major and minor within selected programs in AMPD, Environmental Studies, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, LA&PS or Science. Double majoring or double minoring is not possible between Computer Science and Information Technology (ITEC).
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS)
  • Double major or minor with many LA&PS programs.
  • Double major or minor within selected subject areas from other Faculties including AMPD, Environmental Studies, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering or Science.
Schulich School of Business
  • Specialize within Schulich.
Science
  • Double major or minor within Science.
  • Minor within subjects in AMPD, Environmental Studies, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering or LA&PS.
  • BA students can double major and minor with other BA programs.
  • BSc students can double major and minor with other BSc programs.
  • Students in some Science programs cannot combine their studies with other Faculties or programs.

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.

Unparalleled choice

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.