The study of the Humanities serves to challenge our common understanding of issues and events, and helps students to develop valuable critical, analytical and communications skills.

Our professors have won university-wide, provincial and national teaching awards and our roster includes many and varied courses taught by experts in their fields. You will benefit from enhanced cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge as you prepare for a career as an educator, advertising executive, journalist, public servant, librarian, information technology officer or in research, among many others.

African Studies

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.

Canadian Studies

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.

Canadian Studies / Études canadiennes

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 multi-dimensional 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.

Classical Studies/Classics

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.

Cognitive Science

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.

Culture & Expression

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.

East Asian Studies

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.

English

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.

English & Professional Writing

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.

English Studies / Études anglaises

Study many aspects of the English language — literature, linguistics, drama — from a wide range of perspectives, with compelling courses such as Children’s Literature, Creative Writing and English as a World Language. Small classes will encourage discussions. Interested in teaching? Combine your degree with our certificate in Teaching English as an International Language.

European Studies

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.

Gender & Women's Studies

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.

Gender & Women's Studies / Études des femmes et de genre

With an emphasis on international issues, our program is based in our inclusive, progressive dual-campus community. Apply theory to real life through hands-on involvement in organizations, including our Women & Trans Centre, York’s Centre for Human Rights, our student-run advocacy organization GLgbt* and more. Interested in Sexuality Studies? Consider combining your degree with our certificate program.

Geography

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.

Health & Society

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.

History

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.

History / Histoire

Specializing in the history of Europe, the Americas and the Near East, this program will nurture your historical interests with courses in English or French. Our small classes will facilitate an in-depth exploration of the past. Want to experience historical sites first-hand? Consider an international exchange with (or without) our iBA program.

Humanities

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.

Individualized Studies

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.

Individualized Studies / Programmes individuels

Individualized Studies, an upper-year entry program, allows you to build a program from areas of special interest to you under the guidance of a professor acting as your academic adviser. Our instructors will provide the time and support required to develop a program of study that meets your academic and career goals.

Jewish Studies

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.

Latin American & Caribbean Studies

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.

Law & Society

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.

Linguistics

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.

Linguistics & Language Studies / Linguistique et sciences du langage

Thanks to our bilingual setting, you can complete your Linguistics & Language Studies in both English and French, with a growing Spanish course offering. Our program offers a rich menu of subjects, including phonetics, morphology, semantics, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.

Philosophy

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.

Philosophy / Philosophie

Beyond offering traditional Philosophy in English and French, our program emphasizes applied and practical ethics. Interested in law school? Many of our students pair their degree with our certificate in Law & Social Thought, making an excellent combination to acquire the critical thinking skills needed to succeed on LSAT tests.

Religious Studies

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.

Sexuality Studies

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.

Sexuality Studies / Études sur la sexualité

Be part of a community that is producing new ways of thinking about sex, gender and sexuality. With courses offered on both York campuses, you’ll apply theory to real life through hands-on involvement in organizations including our Women & Trans Centre, the Centre for Human Rights, student-run advocacy organizations GLgbt* and TBLGAY and more.

Undecided Major

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.

Undecided Major / Majeure non déterminée

If you’re entering your first year of university and like all that makes Glendon unique, an Undecided Major is a way to begin your studies without selecting a major. Explore your interests and think about your options, then choose your major heading into second year. Specific career paths will depend on the major ultimately chosen. The liberal arts will help you develop numerous skills required for jobs in government, business, communications and more.

United States Studies

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.

Urban Sustainability - York/Seneca Joint Program

As population grows so do the urban centres that support the population. Urbanization leads to an increased impact on the environment; the "ecological footprint" of cities is spreading. We need to find a way in which growth can be managed over time - sustainable growth. The Urban Sustainability program is offered jointly by York University and Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Joint programs allow you to combine your university education with specialized, college-based training.

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