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Welcome to the Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought

Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Founded in 1973, York University's unique interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought (SPTH) undertakes to encourage, develop and advance the analysis of social and political ideas with the aim of integrating intellectual interests common to the humanities and social sciences. This program offers both MA and PhD degrees programs. The Program is not associated with any particular school of thought, and stresses both historical and systematic study of social and political ideas.

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Three Flexible Areas of Study

History of Social and Political Thought

Black Studies and Theories of Race and Racism

Economy, Consciousness, Aesthetics and Society

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Social and Political Thought offers a tremendous amount of freedom in the formulation of a unique critical project, regardless of disciplinary boundaries. As a result, researchers can put the substance first, discovering methods and frameworks as they emerge from their projects, rather than the other way around.

— James Beirne,
PhD student in Social & Political Thought Program

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The Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.