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Internationalize Your Degree in an iBA

The LA&PS iBA allows you to benefit from an undergraduate program that integrates study of an international language and education abroad at one of York University's partner institutions. There are twelve iBA specializations, reflecting the Faculty's commitment to globalized curricula.

What will I gain with an iBA?

  • Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge
  • A solid foundation in a specialization with intercultural immersion
  • Impress future employers with your diverse and global perspective
  • Study and travel for an experience of a lifetime
  • Develop global networks and skills to succeed

Admission Requirements

The Admission requirements for the iBA may be found here. Students who are currently enrolled in the standard BA stream can internationalize their degree by completing a program degree change request with the Registrar's Office. If you qualify, you may chose to request a major change into the iBA or the Honours iBA stream.

iBA Specializations

The following iBA Specializations are available:

Anthropology
iBA Honours

Honours International BA Program (iBA) PDF Checklist

(Students have to complete 48 credits in Anthropology and a total of 120 credits.)

  • AP/ANTH 2110 6.00 Core Concepts in Anthropology;
  • 12 additional credits at the 1000 or 2000 level in anthropology from among AP/ANTH 1120, 2100, 2120, 2170 or 2200;
  • AP/ANTH 3110 6.00 Acquiring Research Skills;
  • AP/ANTH 4110 6.00 Development of Theory in Social Anthropology;
  • 18 additional credits at the 3000 or 4000 level in anthropology of which at least 6.00 are at the 4000 level.

iBA Honours Major/Minor

Honours Major/Minor International BA Program (iBA) PDF Checklist
(Students have to complete 48 credits in Anthropology and a total of 120 credits.)

Students are also required to take 18 credits of language study in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language to fulfill the Language Requirements part of this degree.

Students in the Honours iBA program will be required to complete 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major that focus on a country or region that is compatible with the student's chosen language stream and/or on an international issue that is of interest to the student.

Assuming that students in the Honours iBA program are spending all or part of their third year of study abroad, the department has noted that they will likely be required to take the core 3000 and 4000-level courses simultaneously in their fourth year of study. The Undergraduate Program Direction will act as internal advisor to students in the Honours iBA programs.

The Honours iBA program in Anthropology described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program for the Honours Major/Minor International iBA program.

(General Education 24 credits; Anthropology Major 48 credits; Minor 30 credits; Language Requirements 18 credits; total 120 credits).

International exchange

Students in the Honours iBA program will be required to spend at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's international exchange partners. For information on international exchange please contact York International, 200 York Lanes, 416-736-5177

While on exchange, the student must carry a full-time course load. The exchange will normally take place during the student's third year.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Honours iBA in Anthropology will be the same as the admission requirements for the Honours BA in Anthropology.

Students who wish to transfer from the Honours BA program to the Honours iBA program following completion of Year 1, or subsequently, may do so, provided that they are in good academic standing and eligible to proceed in the Honours program; and provided that they are able to satisfy the iBA language requirement prior to completion of the program. Students considering transferring to the iBA beyond the end of Year 1 should discuss their options with the Anthropology Undergraduate Program Director and Office of the Associate Vice-President International.

The academic policies and regulations concerning grade requirements, rate of progress, academic standing in the program, and all appeal procedures for the Honours iBA program in Anthropology will be the same as for the Honours BA program.

Communication Studies
iBA Honours

This 48-credit degree can be taken as stand-alone, double-major, major/minor

Requirements:

Students will take at least 48 credits in Communication Studies including the following:

  1. 6 credits from COMN 1000 6.00
  2. 12 credits from Category A courses (except COMN 1000)
  3. 6 credits from Category B at the 3rd year;
  4. 12 credits from Category C at the 4th year;
  5. 12 extra credits from Category D that includes Communication Studies courses as well as designated courses from LA&PS, the Health and Fine Arts Faculties.

In addition to the courses required for their major, students in the Honours iBA program must fulfill the following requirements:

Language Study Credits: at least 18 credits in a modern languages offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language;

Internationally-Oriented Credits: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major;

International Exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners.

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits in the 3000-level or 4000-level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: For the Honours iBA, courses taken outside the major to satisfy the language study requirement and/or the internally-oriented courses requirement can also be used to satisfy the outside the major requirement.

For more detailed information regarding the Honours iBA program requirements, please contact the Department.

Please note the following:

We do not offer a 90-credit degree, or a minor in Communication Studies (although you may combine a minor in another department/program with our stand-alone major).

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least 50% of the course credits required in each major/minor must be taken at York University. Applies to all degree options.

Graduation requirement: Students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.0. This applies to all degree options.

Students who enrolled the program before 09-10 should check the mini-calendar [link to current mini-calendar] for degree requirements.

European Studies

The requirements for the Honours (Double Major) iBA in European Studies are the same as the requirements for the Honours (Double Major) BA in European Studies. (see above) Students enrolled in the Honours (Double Major) iBA in European Studies cannot have their second major in another iBA program.

All students are required to meet general education, distribution and other degree requirements that the Faculty of Arts prescribes for Honours students, with three additional components:

  • at least 18 credits in a modern languages offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language;
  • at least 12 credits of internationally oriented courses chosen outside the major;
  • at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners.

Checklist

French Studies

For additional information please visit the programs information on iBA Honours.

German Studies
iBA Honours

Students will take at least 42 credits in German studies including:

  • AP/GER 2000 6.0;
  • AP/GER 2790 9.0 (counts as 6 credits in this degree program);
  • AP/GER 3001 3.0 and AP/GER 3002 3.0
  • AP/GER 3989 6.0;
  • AP/GER 4200 6.0;
  • 12 additional credits at the 3000 or 4000- level in courses with a GER prefix (taught in German), including at least 6 credits at the 4000-level.

In addition to the courses required for their major, students in the Honours iBA program must fulfill the following requirements:

Internationally-oriented credits: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major.

International exchange: at least one full term abroad in a German-speaking country as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners.

Geography
Specialized Honours iBA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: 24 credits of general education chosen from approved courses in humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science and social science, including a minimum of six credits in each of humanities, natural science and social science. Major credits: students will take at least 60 credits in geography, including:

  • AP/GEOG 1400 6.00;
  • AP/GEOG 1000 6.00 or AP/GEOG 1410 6.00;
  • AP/SC/GEOG 2420 3.00;
  • three credits chosen from: AP/GEOG 2350 3.00, AP/GEOG 3180 3.00, AP/GEOG 3440 3.00 or AP/GEOG 3740 3.00;
  • AP/GEOG 3540 3.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 3540 3.00) or AP/GEOG 4520 3.00;
  • 12 additional credits in geography at the 4000 level;
  • 27 additional credits in geography.

Language study credits: at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language.

Internationally-oriented credits: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major.

International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners.

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: for the Specialized Honours iBA, courses taken outside the major to satisfy the language study requirement and/or the internationally-oriented courses requirement can also be used to satisfy the outside the major requirement. Students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.)

Honours iBA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: 24 credits of general education chosen from approved courses in humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science and social science, including a minimum of six credits in each of humanities, natural science and social science.

Major credits: students will take at least 48 credits in geography, including:

  • AP/GEOG 1400 6.00;
  • AP/GEOG 1000 6.00 or AP/GEOG 1410 6.00;
  • AP/SC/GEOG 2420 3.00;
  • three credits chosen from: AP/GEOG 2350 3.00, AP/GEOG 3180 3.00, AP/GEOG 3440 3.00 or AP/GEOG 3740 3.00;
  • AP/GEOG 3540 3.00 (cross-listed to SC/GEOG 3540 3.00) or AP/GEOG 4520 3.00;
  • 12 additional credits in geography at the 4000 level;
  • 15 additional credits in geography.

In addition, students in the Honours iBA program must fulfill the following requirements:

Language study credits: at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language.

Internationally-oriented credits: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major.

International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners.

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: for the Honours iBA, courses taken outside the major to satisfy the language study requirement and/or the internationally-oriented courses requirement can also be used to satisfy the outside the major requirement. Students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.)

Honours Major/Minor iBA

The Honours iBA program described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.

History
iBA Honours

HONOURS INTERNATIONAL B.A. (iBA) PROGRAM (120 credits)

For additional information please visit the History Department's iBA web page.

Humanities
iBA Honours

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 %) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's IBA degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: 24 credits of general education chosen from approved courses in humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science and social science, including a minimum of six credits in each of humanities, natural science and social science.

Major credits: students will take at least 42 credits in humanities of which at least 24 credits must be at the 3000 level or above, including 12 credits in 4000-level seminars. Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: for the Honours iBA, courses taken outside the major to satisfy the language study requirement and/or the internationally-oriented courses requirement can also be used to satisfy the outside the major requirement. Students who are completing a major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.)

In addition, students in the Honours iBA program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Language study credits: at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language.
  2. Internationally-oriented credits: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major.
  3. International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners.

iBA Honours Major/Minor

The Honours iBA program in Humanities described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Students will complete the Major Requirements as for the iBA Hons. described above and will in addition take 30 credits in the Minor.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONSULT THE YORK & DEPARTMENTAL CALENDARS FOR UPPER-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR MINOR.

Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.

Faculty Requirement: A minimum of SIX full courses (36 credits) at the 3000 or 4000 level including THREE (18 credits) at the 4000 level.

Major 4000 level Requirement: Normally TWO full courses (12 credits) in the MAJOR or in EACH MAJOR and ONE full course (6 credits) in the MINOR. SPECIFIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS VARY. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONSULT THE YORK & DEPARTMENTAL CALENDARS FOR UPPER-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR PROGRAM.

Overall requirement: At least 30 credits must be taken at York University*.

Major/Minor Requirement: At least HALF (50%) of each Major/Minor requirement must be taken at York University.* (The Major/Minor requirement will vary in accordance with the number of credits required by each Major/Minor.) (The minimum number of Major/Minor credits may exceed the minimum overall number depending on the program.)

*York University courses are offered by any Faculty at York.

Italian Studies
iBA Honours

The requirements are the same as for the Honours BA in Italian Studies (42 credits)

Core Language Requirement

12 core language credits as follows:

  • AP/IT 2000 6.0 or AP/IT 2030 6.0
  • AP/IT 3000 6. or AP/IT 3030 6.0 or AP/IT 3050 6.0

Core Literature Requirement

6 core literature credits as follows:

  • AP/IT2200 6.0

Core Linguistics Requirement

6 core linguistics credits as follows:

  • AP/IT 2100 6.0

Other Courses

18 credits including 12 credits at the 4000-level as follows:

  • 6 credits in Italian linguistics
  • 12 credits in literature (other than AP/IT2200 6.0), and at least 6 credits from each of Group A and B .

Note: At least 12 credits in the major at the 4000 level.

In addition to the courses required for their major, students in the Honours iBA Program must fulfill the following requirements:

  • at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major;
  • at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners in Italy.
Political Science
Specialized Honours iBA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.
Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.
General education: 24 credits of general education chosen from approved courses in humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science and social science, including a minimum of six credits in each of humanities, natural science and social science.
Major credits: students must complete at least 54 credits in political science, including:

In addition, students in the Specialized Honours iBA program must fulfill the following requirements:
Language study credits: at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language.
Internationally-oriented credits: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major.
International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s exchange partners.
Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.
Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: for the Specialized Honours iBA, courses taken outside the major to satisfy the language study requirement and/or the internationally-oriented courses requirement can also be used to satisfy the outside the major requirement).

Honours iBA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.
Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.
General education: 24 credits of general education chosen from approved courses in humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science and social science, including a minimum of six credits in each of humanities, natural science and social science.
Major credits: students must complete at least 48 credits in political science, including:

In addition, students in the Honours iBA program must fulfill the following requirements:
Language study credits: at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language.
Internationally-oriented credits: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major.
International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s exchange partners.
Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.
Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: for the Honours iBA courses taken outside the major to satisfy the language study requirement and/or the internationally-oriented courses requirement can also be used to satisfy the outside the major requirement. Students who are completing a major/minor are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.)

Honours Major/Minor iBA

The Honours iBA program in Political Science may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.
Course Substitutes
Subject to course exclusions, program requirements/restrictions and residency requirements, the following courses are acceptable substitutes for the purpose of meeting political science program requirements:


Program Course

Course Substitutes

AP/POLS 1000 6.00 (cross-listed to: AP/PPAS 1000 6.00)

GL/POLS 1400 6.00

AP/POLS 2910 6.00 (cross-listed to: AP/PPAS 2910 6.00)

GL/CDNS 2600 6.00/GL/POLS 2600 6.00

AP/POLS 2940 6.00

GL/ILST 2300 3.00 plus an additional three credits in POLS at the 2000 level or above in the international relations field; GL/POLS 2920 6.00

AP/POLS 2950 6.00

GL/ILST 2300 3.00 plus an additional three credits in POLS at the 2000 level or above in the comparative field


Sexuality Studies
Honours IBA Major

Students must complete the requirements of the Honours BA Major, which are a completion of 42 credits, including:

  • SXST 2600 6.0: Introduction to Critical Sexualities;
  • SXST 4600 6.0: Advanced Seminar in Sexualities;
  • A minimum of 30 credits in primary/secondary courses.

In addition, students must fulfill all of the relevant IBA requirements: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major; at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at an institution with which Glendon and/or York has a formal exchange agreement; at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University (including six credits of an advanced-level course in the chosen language).

Honours IBA Major/Minor

Students must complete the requirements of the Honours BA Major/Minor , which include the requirements of the Honours BA Major. This includes a completion of 42 credits, the requirements of another program's minor or major and:

  • SXST 2600 6.0: Introduction to Critical Sexualities;
  • SXST 4600 6.0: Advanced Seminar in Sexualities;
  • A minimum of 30 credits in primary/secondary courses.

In addition, students must fulfill all of the relevant IBA requirements: at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major; at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at an institution with which Glendon and/or York has a formal exchange agreement; at least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University (including six credits of an advanced-level course in the chosen language).

Urban Studies
Honours iBA

Students will take at least 42 credits in Urban Studies including the following:

  • AS/SOSC 2710 9.0
  • AS/SOSC 2730 6.0
  • AS/SOSC 3700 6.0 and least 12 further credits chosen from the urban studies list of courses, including at least six credits at the 3000 or 4000-level;
  • AS/SOSC 4700 6.0 and least six further credits at the 4000-level chosen from the list of urban studies courses.

In addition to the courses required for the major, students in the Honours iBA program must fulfill the following iBA requirements:

  • at least 18 credits in a modern languages offered by York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language;
  • at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major;
  • at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University's exchange partners.

For more detailed information regarding the Honours iBA program requirements, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Degree Requirements section of the Undergraduate Calendar. The requirements for the Honours iBA Program in Urban Studies will be included in the Urban Studies – Arts section of the Undergraduate Calendar. The Honours iBA program in Urban Studies may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

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