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Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Pre Fall 2003

B.A. Degree

STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES

You are required to take at least one of the 2000-level courses listed below. It is strongly recommended that you take two because many upper-level courses require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions section of this mini-calendar for prerequisites for upper-level courses.

POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory or

POLS 2900 6.0 Perspectives on Politics


POLS 2100 6.0* Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or
POLS 2610 6.0* Public Policy and Administration or

POLS 2910 6.0 Canadian Democracy in North American Context


POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International Relations or

POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics


POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory


POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics or

POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics

* AS/POLS 2610 6.0, AS/POLS 2100 6.0 and AS/POLS 2910 6.0 are degree credit exclusive. Students will not be granted credit for both.

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least two of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 12 credits in Political Science at the 3000 or 4000 level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 30
Any additional credits required to complete the 30 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 15 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Political Science Department.
 
Honours B.A. Degree

STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES
  • AS/POLS 2900, Perspectives in Politics or AS/ POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory * DCE

We strongly recommended that you take an additional 2000-level course from the list below because upper-level courses may require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions for prerequisites to upper-level courses.

  • AS/POLS 2910, Canada in the North American Context, or AS/POLS 2100 6.0, Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or POLS 2610 6.0, Public Policy and Administration * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics
  • AS/POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International Relations (not offered after 2003)
  • AS/POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory
  • AS/POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics (not offered after 2003)

* DCE means these courses are degree credit exclusions - you can only take one for degree credit.

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least three of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 12 credits in Political Science at the 4000-level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 42
Any additional credits required to complete the 42 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 18 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the Honours BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Arts Political Science Department
 

Honurs (Double Major) Political Science & Any Unlinked Program

STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES
  • AS/POLS 2900, Perspectives in Politics or AS/ POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory * DCE

We strongly recommended that you take an additional 2000-level course from the list below because upper-level courses may require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions for prerequisites to upper-level courses.

  • AS/POLS 2910, Canada in the North American Context, or AS/POLS 2100 6.0, Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or POLS 2610 6.0, Public Policy and Administration * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics
  • AS/POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International Relations (not offered after 2003)
  • AS/POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory
  • AS/POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics (not offered after 2003)

* DCE means these courses are degree credit exclusions - you can only take one for degree credit.

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least three of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 12 credits in Political Science at the 4000-level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 42
Any additional credits required to complete the 42 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 21 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the Honours BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Arts Political Science Department.
 
Honours (Double Major): Political Science & Any Linked Interdisciplinary Program

The Honours Program in Political Science may be linked as a double major with one of the following Interdisciplinary Programs:

African Studies
Communication Studies
European Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Law and Society
Science and Society
Social and Political Thought
South Asian Studies

Students must complete all of the following steps required for Political Science below, PLUS the requirements imposed by their second major. Courses taken to meet Political Science requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the other program.

STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES
  • AS/POLS 2900, Perspectives in Politics or AS/ POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory * DCE

We strongly recommended that you take an additional 2000-level course from the list below because upper-level courses may require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions for prerequisites to upper-level courses.

  • AS/POLS 2910, Canada in the North American Context, or AS/POLS 2100 6.0, Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or POLS 2610 6.0, Public Policy and Administration * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics
  • AS/POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International Relations (not offered after 2003)
  • AS/POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory
  • AS/POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics (not offered after 2003)

* DCE means these courses are degree credit exclusions - you can only take one for degree credit.

 

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least three of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 6 credits in Political Science at the 4000-level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 36
Any additional credits required to complete the 36 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 21 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the Honours BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Arts Political Science Department.
 
Honours Minor

STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES

You are required to take at least one of the 2000-level courses listed below.  We strongly recommended that you take an additional 2000-level course from the list below because upper-level courses may require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions for prerequisites to upper-level courses.

  • AS/POLS 2900, Perspectives in Politics or AS/ POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2910, Canada in the North American Context, or AS/POLS 2100 6.0, Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or POLS 2610 6.0, Public Policy and Administration * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics
  • AS/POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International Relations (not offered after 2003)
  • AS/POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory
  • AS/POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics (not offered after 2003)

* DCE means these courses are degree credit exclusions - you can only take one for degree credit.

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least two of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 6 credits in Political Science at the 4000 level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 30
Any additional credits required to complete the 30 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 15 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Political Science Department.
 
Politics Major / Minor Other

Note: The POLS Honours BA may be combined with any Honours minor Bachelor's degree program in the Faculty of Arts, Environmental Studies, FIne Arts, or with a Minor in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.
STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES
  • AS/POLS 2900, Perspectives in Politics or AS/ POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory * DCE

We strongly recommended that you take an additional 2000-level course from the list below because upper-level courses may require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions for prerequisites to upper-level courses.

  • AS/POLS 2910, Canada in the North American Context, or AS/POLS 2100 6.0, Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or POLS 2610 6.0, Public Policy and Administration * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics
  • AS/POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International Relations (not offered after 2003)
  • AS/POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory
  • AS/POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics (not offered after 2003)

* DCE means these courses are degree credit exclusions - you can only take one for degree credit.

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least three of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 12 credits in Political Science at the 4000-level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 42
Any additional credits required to complete the 42 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 18 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the Honours BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Arts. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Political Science Department

The Specialized Honours B.A. Degree

STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES
  • AS/POLS 2900, Perspectives in Politics or AS/ POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory * DCE

We strongly recommended that you take an additional 2000-level course from the list below because upper-level courses may require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions for prerequisites to upper-level courses.

  • AS/POLS 2910, Canada in the North American Context, or AS/POLS 2100 6.0, Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or POLS 2610 6.0, Public Policy and Administration * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0 Global Politics
  • AS/POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International Relations (not offered after 2003)
  • AS/POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory
  • AS/POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics (not offered after 2003)

* DCE means these courses are degree credit exclusions - you can only take one for degree credit.

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least three of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 12 credits in Political Science at the 4000-level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 54
Any additional courses required to complete the 54 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Note: Students in this Specialized Honours program may not do a major or minor in another program.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 18 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the Honours BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Arts Political Science Department.

The specialized honours program cannot be combined with any other Major or Minor.

Global Political Studies Specialized Honours BA Program

The Specialized Honours Program in Global Political Studies (GPS) provides students with the skills required to analyze global political forces, as well as giving them a broad and liberal education. The GPS Program provides an excellent background for future public service work abroad, especially when combined with selected courses in the Public Policy and Administration Program. As well, the GPS Program is useful for anyone who hopes to find private sector employment in a job dealing with international issues, or for anyone who hopes to pursue graduate studies in international relations or comparative world politics.

Grade Requirement:
Students in this Program must maintain an overall grade point average of 5.0 (C+) in order to remain in the Program and qualify for graduation.
Recommended Courses:
We strongly recommend that students take AS/ECON1000 3.0 and AS/ECON1010 3.0.
Program Requirements (60 credits)
  • AS/POLS 1000 6.0;
  • AS/POLS 2900 6.0 (or POLS 2040);
  • AS/POLS 2920 6.0 (or POLS 2210 6.0);
  • AS/POLS 2910 6.0 (or AS/POLS 2510 6.0).
Area One List: International Relations
  • 15 credits from the 3200 or 4200 series of courses, including 6.0 credits at the 4000-level.
Area Two List: Comparative Politics
  • 15 credits from the 3400/4400 or 3500/4500 series of courses including:
    • 3.0 credits in the 3400 series
    • 3.0 credits in the 3500 sries
    • 6.0 credits at the 4000 level
Note: AS/POLS 3900 may count towards either area One or Two. 
Upper Level Capstone: AS/POLS 4985 6.0
Specialty Option:
Students may wish to specialize in areas such as development studies, post-communist studies, area studies, peace and security, or international political economy for the purposes of preparing for graduate school or for a particular employment goal. These students should consult the GPS Coordinator to seek advice about appropriate course selection.
Note: Students in Specialized Honours programs may not do a major or minor in another program.

Specialized Honours In Public Policy & Administration

The purpose of the PPA Program is to provide students with skills required for public sector employment as well as giving them a broad and liberal education. In addition, many graduates have gone on to graduate school or law school, or have found employment in private or non-profit sectors in areas dealing with government.

An Honours Grade Point Average (C+ or 5.0) is necessary to be considered for the program.

Note: Students who entered Arts Political Science before Fall 2003 must consult the pre 2003 requirements.
STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
AS/ECON 1000 3.0 (Introduction to Micro-Economics)
AS/ECON 1010 3.0 (Introduction to Macro-Economics)
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES
  • AS/POLS 2900, Perspectives in Politics or AS/ POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2910, Canada in the North American Context, or AS/POLS 2100 6.0, Intro. to Canadian Government and Politics or POLS 2610 6.0, Public Policy and Administration * DCE
  • AS/POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory

* DCE means these courses are degree credit exclusions - you can only take one for degree credit.

 

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT

Select one from the following list:
POLS 3190 6.0 Public Administration or SOCI 3620 6.0 Formal Organizations

STEP 4. OTHER REQUIRED 3000-LEVEL COURSES

POLS 3300 6.0 Statistics for Social Sciences
POLS 3600 3.0 Public Law I: The Constitution and The Courts in Canada
POLS 3605 3.0 Public Law II: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Limits of Public Administration

NOTE
AS/POLS 3600 3.0 and AS/POLS 3605 3.0 are degree credit exclusive with AS/POLS 3600 6.0: Public Law.

STEP 5: 4000-LEVEL REQUIREMENT

You must take 12 credits in Political Science at the 4000-level including:

POLS 4300 6.0: Public Policy Research

NOTE: The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies requires 18 credits at the 4000-level. Included in the 18 credits are 12 credits in Political Science (including POLS 4300 6.0). The remaining 6 credits at the 4000-level may be in Political Science, but need not be.

STEP 6. REQUIRED ECONOMICS COURSES

Any 6 credits in ECON above the 1000-level, OR
AS/POLS 4115 6.0: The Political Economy of State Finance.

NOTE: Students who choose to take AS/POLS 4115 6.0 as the upper level Economics requirement must take an additional 6 credits at the 4000-level in Political Science (not including AS/POLS 4300 6.0) in order to satisfy the 4000-level Political Science major requirement. Students who take AS/POLS 4115 6.0 in addition to an upper level Economics 6-credit course may count it toward the 4000-level Political Science requirement.

STEP 7: TOTAL CREDITS: 66

Total number of MAJOR credits required for the Specialized Honours Major in Public Policy and Administration (including the Economics requirements): 66 credits

NOTE: The Specialized Honours Program in Public Policy and Administration cannot be combined with any other Major or Minor.

RESIDENCY:
No more than 33 credits in the Major (including the Economics requirements) taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be credited toward the Specialized Honours BA in Public Policy and Administration. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the fall/winter and summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Acceptance of courses in the Major taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies is at the discretion of the Coordinator of the Public Policy and Administration Program and/or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT ALL MAJOR AND FACULTY REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.

B.A. Degree - Business and Society

STEP 1. INTRODUCTORY REQUIREMENT
AS/POLS 1000 6.0.
STEP 2. PREREQUISITES

You are required to take at least one of the 2000-level courses listed below. It is strongly recommended that you take two because many upper-level courses require a 2000-level prerequisite. See the Course Descriptions section of this mini-calendar for prerequisites for upper-level courses.

POLS 2040 6.0 Intro. to Political Theory
POLS 2100 6.0* Intro. to Canadian
Government and Politics or
POLS 2610 6.0* Public Policy and Administration
POLS 2210 6.0 Intro. to International
Relations
POLS 2300 6.0 Intro. to Empirical Theory
POLS 2510 6.0 Intro. to Comparative Politics

* AS/POLS 2610 6.0 and AS/POLS 2100 6.0 are degree credit exclusive. Students will not be granted credit for both.

STEP 3. BREADTH REQUIREMENT
In planning your overall POLS courses, you must take at least 6 credits in each of at least two of the department's fields.
STEP 4. UPPER LEVEL REQUIREMENT
You must take 12 credits in Political Science at the 3000 or 4000 level.
STEP 5: TOTAL POLS CREDITS: 30
Any additional credits required to complete the 30 POLS credits must be completed at the 2000 to 4000 level.
Residency Requirements:
No more than 15 credits in Political Science taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies may be counted toward the BA. Atkinson and Glendon Political Science courses in BOTH the Fall/Winter and Summer sessions are considered outside of the department and are outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students must seek the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies for acceptance of Political Science courses taken outside of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Political Science Department.

General Certificate In Urban Studies

York University students may earn a General Certificate in Urban Studies in addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. To qualify for the General Certificate in Urban Studies, students must complete 24 credits from a list of approved Urban Studies courses, and the cumulative Grade Point Average in these 24 credits must be 5.0 or higher.

Course requirements for the General Certificate are as follows: AS/SOSC2710 6.0 (City Lives and City Forms); and 18 additional credits from among the courses recognized as satisfying the degree requirements in the Urban Studies Program. At least 6 credits must be taken at the 4000-level. Courses taken may not be used to fulfil both the PPA degree and the General Certificate in Urban Studies.

For a current list of approved courses, see the Urban Studies or Social Science Division supplemental calendars. Further information about the General Certificate in Urban Studies is available from the Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program.

General Certificate In Law And Society

York University students may earn a General Certificate in Law and Society in addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. To qualify for the General Certificate in Law and Society, students must complete 24 credits from a list of approved Law and Society courses, and the cumulative Grade Point Average in these 24 credits must be 5.0 or higher.

Course requirements for the General Certificate are as follows: AS/SOSC 2350 6.0 (Law and Society); and 18 additional credits from among the courses recognized as satisfying the degree requirements in the Law and Society Program.

At least 6 credits must be taken at the 4000-level. Courses taken may not be used to fulfil both the PPA degree and the General Certificate in Law and Society.

For a current list of approved courses, see the Law and Society or Social Science Division supplemental calendars. Further information about the General Certificate in Law and Society is available from the Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program.


General Certificate In Practical Ethics

Practical Ethics is an exciting new area of multidisciplinary study and research. Practical ethics provides the opportunity to apply ethical concepts and principles to contemporary social issues. Practical ethics asks questions about whether particular social institutions and practices can be justified. The courses listed for the Practical Ethics General Certificate enable students to raise questions of applied ethics and public policy in the fields of anthropology, economics, humanities, philosophy, political science, social science, and sociology.

Further information is available from the Philosophy Department.