Urban Studies

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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
BA, iBA
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Urban Studies at York stresses the importance of fieldwork when studying the social and spatial fabric of cities.

The city is among the most fundamental human institutions. Across history, cities have been sites of basic innovation in economic, political and cultural life — centres of trade, seats of empire and the locale of scientific, social and artistic creativity. Cities retain these roles today and are the home of a growing majority of the world’s population who increasingly live in large metropolitan regions of several million people. Often, as in many Canadian cities, these urban regions are marked by complex social diversity, striking contrasts of wealth and poverty and a challenging array of planning and environmental dilemmas.

Urban Studies is the attempt to understand cities and city life — how they function, the current and future concerns of their residents. This encompasses the political institutions, economic and social relations, physical landscapes and cultural frameworks that constitute the city.

As a student in Urban Studies, you will focus on cities as distinctive entities and explore the meaning and function of cities in the larger society. You can take courses from a broad range of fields including:

  • history
  • environmental studies
  • geography
  • anthropology
  • political science
  • sociology
  • psychology.

You will also examine the processes that produce certain patterns of human settlement and chart the changing relationships among areas shaped by urbanization, such as metropolis and countryside, city and suburb, municipality and region.

Urban Studies can lead to careers in government, regional and urban planning, human services, business, education, and social science research.

  • Urban Studies employs a range of perspectives on cities and their citizens and encourages students to develop and pursue their own interests and approaches.
  • The following scholarship and award are of special interest to Urban Studies students: The Marion Miller Award, in memory of an Urban Studies graduate who also taught in the Program, and the Otto Friedman Memorial Scholarship, in memory of a distinguished Professor in the Division of Social Science.

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • World of Cities: Journeys Through Urban Space and Time
  • General Education courses
  • Courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • architect
  • journalist
  • municipal government officer
  • urban planner

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program(s) reflect York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

      Requirements for admission:
    • Alberta High School Diploma
    • ELA30-1 or English 30
    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
      • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

          Requirements for admission:
        • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
        • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

            Requirements for admission:
          • Baccalauréat Général
              • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

              Requirements for admission:
            • Baccalauréat Général
                • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                Requirements for admission:
              • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                  • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                  • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                  • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                      • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                      • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                        • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • One year of CEGEP
                      • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                      • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                          • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                          To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • One year of CEGEP
                        • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                        • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                            • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                            To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                            • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Lise Diplomasi
                                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Lise Diplomasi
                                  • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                        • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                        To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                        • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                            • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                              • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                              To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                              • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                                • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • Completion of one of the following:
                                                • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • Completion of one of the following:
                                                  • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                  • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                  • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                  • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                  • English 40S
                                                  • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                    • English 40S
                                                    • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                      • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                      • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                      • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                        • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                        • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                        • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                          • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                          • English 3201
                                                          • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                            • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                            • English 3201
                                                            • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                              • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                              • English 12
                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                • English 12
                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                    • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                      • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                      • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                      • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                        • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                        • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                        • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                          • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                          • ENG4U
                                                                          • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                              OUAC code YUF

                                                                              iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                            • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                            • ENG4U
                                                                            • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                OUAC code YUF

                                                                                BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Applicants to Honours-level program: Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Applicants to Bachelor-level program: Overall average of 2.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                              • English 621
                                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                                • English 621
                                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                  • Grade 12 English
                                                                                  • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                      iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                    • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                    • Grade 12 English
                                                                                    • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                        BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                      • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                      • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                        • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                        • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                            BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                                          • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                            • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                                            • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                              • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                                              • High School Diploma
                                                                                                  • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                                                                  iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                • High School Diploma
                                                                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                                                                    BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                    • iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                    • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                      • BALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                      • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                                                                          iBALiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                        • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.