Language, Cultures & Writing

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.

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.

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.

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.

French Studies

Improve your oral and written proficiency in the French language and develop the critical-thinking skills that Canadian and international employers admire. Explore the francophone world and the diversity of its art, cultures and societies. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs in Quebec and with universities in France. Major in French Studies or combine your program with a vast array of choices, including the Bachelor of Education.

German Studies

German Studies is an interdisciplinary program that introduces you to aspects of German culture ranging from language, literature and film studies to history, urban studies, political science, museum studies and women’s studies. You’ll gain a unique intercultural perspective indispensable for meeting the challenges of our increasingly global world.

Hellenic Studies

Ancient Greece provided much of the basis of civilization in the Western world, while modern Greece is an important European nation at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East. The Greek community in Toronto, with the creation of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, has chosen York University to be the premiere centre of Hellenic Studies in Ontario.

Italian Studies

Explore a rich assortment of courses in Italian language, linguistics, literature, culture, film, and Italian-Canadian studies. Students are also offered an opportunity to study abroad for the summer in Florence, Rome or Bologna.

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.

Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies

Learn about, and engage with, the diversity of Portuguese-speaking culture, literature, art, history and political landscape. Focus on the entire Portuguese-speaking world across all continents, including immigrant communities. Engage in experiential education and cultural events that will be meaningful to your learning.

Professional Writing

Your ability to write well is a valuable and transferable skill. No matter where you live and work, the effective written communication of ideas, knowledge and opinion is indispensable. Your studies will include theories of writing, research methods, magazine writing, editing and multimedia presentation.

South Asian Studies

Explore the many cultures, histories, politics and religions of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face contemporary South Asia as it undergoes unprecedented social and political change, and emerges as a major world force.

Spanish

Explore a rich assortment of courses examining the literature, culture and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world in all its diversity and international relevance. Proficiency in the Spanish language (speaking, writing, reading, listening) and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world are a valuable asset in any career, globally and locally.

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.

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