Social Sciences

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.

Business Economics

In applying economic theory to business management, you’ll learn the analytical and decision-making techniques used in business, and come to understand the public and private institutional environments within which businesses operate.

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.

Communication Studies

The program looks at the social roles of media and communication, examining how people gather, share and use information. You’ll study the theoretical and historical foundations of media, theories of communication processes, relationships between media and identity and the expanding role of digital communication and new media in our increasingly globalized society.

Financial & Business Economics

  Learn how the financial world functions. Examine the stock market and how companies are financed. As a student in Financial & Business Economics, you’ll benefit from a rigorous quantitative and analytical economic approach with practical application.

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.

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.

Geography & Urban Studies

In a world where more than 50 per cent of the population lives in urban areas, cities play a significant role in shaping the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental conditions of people’s everyday lives. Combine an interdisciplinary exploration of urban life with the discipline that closely examines the nature of city lives and city spaces. Topics include: the modern city, urban development in a global context, the history and comparative study of cities, and planning and environmental issues.

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.

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.

Multicultural & Indigenous Studies

Trace the connections between colonialism, racism and diasporas for a deeper understanding of difference and diversity in Canada. Students in Multicultural & Indigenous Studies specialize in Indigenous Studies, Diaspora Studies or Racism & Multiculturalism.

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.

Social Work

Recognized as one of the most progressive and socially responsive Social Work programs in Canada, York’s program combines critical theory and practice experience in classroom and practicum settings. In the final year, you will spend three days a week on a placement working with experienced social workers.

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.

Urban Studies

Delve into cities, urban social life and the relationship that cities have with other spaces. Explore the ways in which political institutions, social relations, economic systems, physical structures, ecological processes and cultural understandings weave together into the social fabric.

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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