Majors & Minors

It's all about choice

Unlike more “traditional” universities, York is set up to deliver a choice of majors and minors across more than 100 programs. Many students combine majors and minors in completely different fields such as music and physics or psychology and business. In this way, York’s structural flexibility is designed to match your intellectual curiosity. In other words, it’s up to you. The result? You focus in on exactly what you’re interested in and graduate with a degree that fits your passions.

CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS...

Faculty of… Opportunities
Environmental Studies
  • You will specialize within Environmental Studies.
  • Double major or minor within subjects in LA&PS or Health.
  • Minor within subjects in Fine Arts, Lassonde School of Engineering or Science.
Fine Arts
  • Double major or minor within Fine Arts (Exception: Any two BFA Honours degree programs cannot be combined).
  • Double major or minor within subjects in LA&PS or Health.
  • Minor within subjects in Environmental Studies, Lassonde School of Engineering or Science..
  • Students in Design and Digital Media cannot combine their studies with other Faculties or programs within Fine Arts.
Glendon
  • Major, double major or minor within Glendon.
  • Glendon students have access to courses on the Keele campus and vice versa.
Health
  • Double major or minor within selected Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, LA&PS, Lassonde School of Engineering or  Science programs.
  • Students in Nursing cannot combine their studies with other Faculties or programs.
Lassonde School of Engineering
  • Students in Engineering and Digital Media cannot combine their studies with other Faculties or programs.
  • Students in other programs may double major and minor within selected programs in Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, LA&PS or Science.
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS)
  • Double major, major or minor with many LA&PS programs.
  • Add a second major or minor involving subject areas from other Faculties including Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, 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 Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering or LA&PS.
  • BA students can double major and minor with other BA programs.
  • Double major with some Health and Lassonde School of Engineering programs.
  • Students in some Science programs cannot combine their studies with other Faculties or programs.

I know what I want to do but I 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/Multidisciplinary Studies programs.

Not yet made your mind up? No problem!

Most Faculties will admit students as “undecided” majors for their first year of study. An undecided 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 imagination lead you.