Push boundaries and uncover valuable insights that can transform communities at home and around the world.

Explore courses from a range of fields including Work & Labour Studies, Development Studies, Health & Society, Urban Studies and African Studies to gain a solid grounding in cross-disciplinary social science research methods and critical social theory. Appreciate the role played by social forces and cultural change in shaping individuals.

Prepare for a wide variety of careers in the public, private, volunteer and community sectors, as well as for further post-graduate studies.

Anthropology

Anthropology explores some of the great mysteries of humanity. Engage in topics such as media and culture, health and illness, gender and sexuality, development, religion and science and displaced peoples. Learn to think critically about how concepts such as class, race, gender and ethnic identity are produced and expressed in contexts of power around the world.

Criminology

Crime and criminality are central concerns in our contemporary world. In this program, you’ll develop a broad knowledge base, refined analytical and research skills and a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system as it relates to national and international social processes.

Disaster & Emergency Management

Be part of an exciting and rapidly expanding field that’s impacting communities across the globe. You’ll explore key concepts, methodologies and strategies used by emergency-management professionals while honing your ability to analyze and think critically. You’ll also gain a comprehensive understanding of how emergency management intersects with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology.

Ecosystem Management

The Ecosystem Management program is offered jointly by York University and Sir Sandford Fleming College, allowing you to combine your university education with specialized, college-based training.

Global Political Studies

Gain the skills required to analyze global political forces, as well as a broad education in the field of politics. Be part of the dialogue on foreign and security policy, war and conflict, global poverty and new social movements. Examine the changing world order in its economic and political forms.

Interdisciplinary Social Science

Develop a solid grounding in interdisciplinary social science research methods and critical social theory. Explore a range of courses from Work & Labour Studies, Development Studies, Health & Society, Urban Studies and African Studies. Critically examine historical and contemporary issues, relating them to social and political thought, social justice and diversity, sustainability and the environment, identity and social exclusion, diaspora and global development.

Political Science

Gain a thorough understanding of how governments, political parties, and the courts work. The Political Science program also sheds light on political movements in society and on the power relations of life.

Political Science / Science politique

Where better to study Political Science than at the campus Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson saw as a training ground for Canada’s future leaders? Our bilingual campus and small class sizes will help you develop your confidence in English and French (and maybe more languages), which is a key competitive advantage for work in government, law or the Foreign Service.

Sociology

Sociology is a dynamic field of study that analyzes key moments in our personal lives, our communities and our world. You’ll gain an understanding of how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by cultural and social structures.

Sociology / Sociologie

Sociology is the study of social lives: how people connect in groups, how societies are organized and evolve. You’ll apply sociological perspectives to topics such as gender, deviant behaviour, family and other disciplines including International Studies, Psychology and Linguistics. Case in point: Dr. Joanna Robinson’s students lead a hands-on observational study of Toronto while applying the theories learned in class to their research.

Work & Labour Studies

Explore the issues arising from work and employment, the impact of globalization, and the role of unions and social movements in making
work better for everyone. You will understand the dynamics of the workplace and how our experience of work is changing.

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