Internationalize your Degree with an International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)
The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies offers programs that incorporate global context and content into the curriculum. Our International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) is an undergraduate degree that integrates language study, internationally-oriented courses and an academic exchange with one of York University's partner institutions around the world.
If you are interested in international studies, the iBA gives you a broader, global perspective! Today's employers value an individual who is adaptable, culturally sensitive, open and receptive to new learning and experiences. Our one-of-a-kind iBA degree at York University fuses intercultural learning, critical skills and allows you to interact in the global arena with language proficiency.
IBA Degree Requirements
A typical 120-credit Honours iBA is an all-inclusive degree with language credits, a selection of internationally-oriented courses relevant to your global region of interest and an academic exchange for one semester or full academic year overseas.
At graduation, you are conferred with 'International' in your degree title. This program sets you apart from other undergraduates who may add language and study abroad as a supplement to their Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
There are twelve, academic disciplines available within the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Please review the below descriptions and degree checklists:
Anthropology offers students a program of study that begins with the premise that human beings not only act but also think about their actions, and gives them the tools to understand the relationship between these two aspects of behavior across the entire temporal and spatial range of human experience.
Explore how people are subjected to, participate in, and contest the processes of living in a world that is interconnected by powerful economic, cultural and technological forces. Gain the tools necessary for critical analysis of our place in the social and cultural diversity of the world. Engage in topics such as development and the environment, media and culture, health and illness, gender and sexualities, religion and science, and displaced peoples. Learn to think critically about how concepts such as class, race, gender and ethnic identities are produced and expressed. Our goal is to prepare you to ask questions about contemporary, past and future social life.
- Communication Studies
We offer an interdisciplinary program that seeks to create professionals and thinkers who can critically engage with the various dimensions of communication. Our faculty possesses diverse research interests that span an array of fields: policy, politics, international development, mass media, new media, gender and identity; and a curriculum that provides students with the theoretical and applied, as well as critical and analytical, skills necessary to engage with past and current complex communications phenomena and technologies.
- European Studies
We define Europe as broadly as possible, to include Eastern and Central Europe, the Balkans, Southeastern Europe, Russia and Turkey, as well as Western Europe. In order to transcend the heavily presentist and social science orientations that mark many European Studies programs that take as their focus the European Union, our program encourages students to consider European developments over a broad chronological sweep from the Middle Ages onwards and attaches equal importance to both humanities and social science disciplines.
- French Studies
French Studies has three components. In the language program, students are taught oral and written expression and aural and written comprehension while being given opportunities to explore the many facets of francophone culture in the world.
The linguistics program exposes students to the many branches of linguistics through a variety of theoretical approaches such as structuralist theory, enunciative theory and generative theory. Students apply these theories to the study of French.
The literature program opens doors to the literatures and cultures of the francophone world with a particular focus on French and French Canadian literature. Students develop analytical and expository skills through the analysis of texts using various theoretical and philosophical approaches.
- German Studies
German Studies is an interdisciplinary program that encompasses subjects ranging from language, literature and film studies to intellectual and cultural history, urban studies, political science, museum studies, art history and women's studies.
- develops student's abilities to engage with new knowledge and to apply research methodologies and theoretical approaches to their studies;
- fosters student's curiosity, creativity and imagination through the analysis of cultural texts from German-speaking Europe;
- develops transferable skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication and project management in both English and German;
- challenges students to become a community of self-directed, responsible, life-long learner-researchers and international citizens.
Geography is a unique discipline in that it rests on all three pillars of intellectual life: physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. Consequently, it offers students opportunities to understand and explore different dimensions of the world in which we live and offers a synthetic approach to understanding landscapes, people, places and environments.
Geography asks questions about how environmental, social, political and cultural processes shape how the world functions (and often fails to function!). In particular, Geography is concerned with the spatial variations of human and physical phenomena, the processes that produce these variations and the interrelationships between people and their environments.
As global economic, political and environmental processes change, so do the places we live and our relationship to both immediate and distant environments. Geography and geographic thinking is increasingly important as we face the challenges of the 21 st century.
History has long been a popular field of study, and with good reason. What better starting place can there be for thinking about how to act in the present than to understand how people have acted in the past? What better starting place for thinking about the forces that shapes people's lives in the present than to understand the forces that have shaped people's lives in the past? And what better way to acquire the skills necessary for succeeding in the twenty-first century-critical thinking, careful reading, energetic researching, analytical writing, and effective communicating-than to choose a Major or Minor in which all of these are emphasized?
Humanities provide an opportunity to pursue a broadly based program of study emphasizing the different ways in which human cultures and their multiple forms of expression have developed historically and continue to develop today.
Humanities courses devote particular attention to the ways peoples in various times and places have expressed cultural values, practices and ideas of a philosophical, religious, moral, political and aesthetic nature. They foster a critical approach to reading and research that, in helping students learn to identify and question preconceived assumptions and values, allows them to engage and appreciate the interrelationship between diverse value systems and thereby to develop an analysis of the human and of human community.
- Italian Studies
The Italian Studies degree requires a full complement of language, literature and linguistics courses, most of which are taught in Italian. The Italian Culture degree is offered in English; its core requirement of three culture courses is complemented by electives chosen from our literature and culture courses, as well as from courses with significant Italian content taught by other departments. The iBA Italian Studies requires courses taken at one of our partner universities in Italy.
- Political Science
At York, we explore how power and authority permeate almost every aspect of our lives - from the state to the courtroom, board room, work place and the family. For us, Politics is not only about power and authority and how these are exercised. Politics is also about holding power accountable, about exercising democratic rights and about active citizenship which attempts to change the world for the better.
Our goal is to bring to our students a Political Science that is living, relevant, dynamic – something that profoundly shapes the lives we live – but can also be shaped by us – with our knowledge and actions.
- Sexuality Studies
Be part of a large and exciting community of scholars, writers, artists and activists who are producing new ways of thinking about sex, gender and sexuality. Explore sexuality in transnational and global contexts, and examine sexuality in relation to age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion and other categories of difference, identity and power.
- Urban Studies
The program offers a framework for an undergraduate liberal arts education based in the study of modern metropolitan life and of the social and spatial fabrics of cities. Drawing on the work of scholars and researchers who have explored the urban field from a range of perspectives in the social sciences and humanities, the program's courses encourage a critical appreciation both of the everyday life that we experience as Canadian city dwellers today and of the modern city in historical and comparative context.
An important aspect of the Urban Studies Program is its strong emphasis on firsthand exploration of the city as a complement to classroom and library learning. The program's "core" courses include tutorial or small group workshops focused on the practical crafts of urban research and on students' personal fieldwork projects.
Students with an interest in international studies may wish to pursue the International BA (iBA). The iBA is a unique option for students who recognize the value of a global perspective for their future career prospects and who desire an opportunity to experience daily life and study in another urban context.
To apply for direct entry into the iBA, please visit York Admissions. If you are a current York student who decides to switch their major to one of the IBA programs, complete a program degree change request with the Registrar's Office.
Current iBA Students
- Complete your General Education and major credits, using the degree checklists as a guide.
- For internationally oriented courses, please consult with your IBA Coordinator or Undergraduate Program Director prior to selection. Remember that YorkU Summer Abroad courses are considered as part of this category.
- To explore the language programs available, please visit:
- To prepare for the academic exchange in your 3rd year of study, explore information and updates from York International's exchange program. Typically, applications are made during the Fall term of your second year of study.
- Funding for Exchanges: