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International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) is home to a unique international bachelor’s degree which prepares you for success in the global workforce and provides international perspectives and experiences.

The International Bachelor of Arts (iBA) degree has been structured to make enrolment and completion clear and easy to understand.  The Honours iBA degree  is similar to the Honours BA degree, which also has 120 credits required for completion. Within these 120 credits, iBA students are required to complete internationally-oriented courses (12 credits), language courses (18 credits) and an international exchange with one of York University's 120+ global partners.

These additions to your BA will help distinguish you and your degree!

iBA

The iBA program reflects York's continuing commitment to providing you with the opportunities to gain international experience and skills. You will have the opportunity to learn a new language and complete a term abroad, providing you with the cross-cultural knowledge that is in demand in today's global workplace.

iBA Programs

Choose among the Honours iBA, Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor in 12 specializations:

International-Oriented Courses Requirement

AP/ANTH 2300 3.00 Intercultural Training Skills  plus at least 9.00 credits of internationally-oriented courses to be completed form the list of pre-approved courses; these courses can be additional courses in your major.

AP/ANTH 2300 3.00: This course prepares students to negotiate their learning goals in a cross-cultural context while on university exchange. Topics covered may include culture, participant observation, culture shock, risk & safety, managing intercultural conflict, friendship, travel, politeness, cleanliness, gender & sexuality, gifts, poverty, religion and health. (This course should be completed before the term(s) abroad.)

Below is a list of pre-approved internationally-oriented courses.  Students may choose courses that are not on this list by consulting with their iBA Coordinator.

Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/ANTH 1120*6.00Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today
AP/ANTH 21006.00From Empire to Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives
AP/ANTH 31206.00The Anthropology of Tourism
AP/ANTH 34106.00Critical Perspectives on Ethnicity and Nationalism

*This course is an approved LA&PS General Education course, it cannot be used to satisfy both the General Education Degree Requirement and the International-Oriented Course Requirement.

Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/COMN 37703.00Transnational Media Culture and Global Youth
Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/EN 31753.00Travel Writing in English
Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/GEOG 1000*6.00Introduction to World Geography
AP/GEOG 14106.00Human Geography
AP/GEOG 20303.00The End of the Earth As We Know It: Global Environmental Change
AP/GEOG 20703.00Empire, State and Power: Introduction to Political Geography
AP/GEOG 22206.00Urban Geography
AP/GEOG 30603.00Post Colonial Geographies
AP/GEOG 31303.00The Global Economy

*This course is an approved LA&PS General Education course, it cannot be used to satisfy both the General Education Degree Requirement and the International-Oriented Course Requirement.

Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/HIST 10306.00Imperialism and Nationalism in Modern Asia
AP/HIST 2310 (cross-listed w/ AP/RU 2750 & AP/HUMA 2750)6.00Russian Culture: Continuity and Conflict (In Translation)
Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/HUMA 1770*6.00One World: Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Globalization
AP/HUMA 18606.00Nation of Religion
AP/HUMA 23106.00The Caribbean and Canada: Culture, Identity and Diaspora
AP/HUMA 26006.00Humanities for a Global Age

*This course is an approved LA&PS General Education course, it cannot be used to satisfy both the General Education Degree Requirement and the International-Oriented Course Requirement.

Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/HREQ 1910* (cross-listed w/ AP/SOSC 1910)6.00The Global South, Human Rights and Development
AP/HREQ 1960 (cross-listed w/ AP/SOSC 1960)6.00Indigenous Resistance in Global Contexts
AP/HREQ 3595 (cross-listed w/ AP/PHIL 3595)3.00International Ethics

*This course is an approved LA&PS General Education course, it cannot be used to satisfy both the General Education Degree Requirement and the International-Oriented Course Requirement.

Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/ARB 27006.00Introduction to Arabic Culture
AP/CH 3790/37916.00Contemporary Chinese Culture Through Literary Texts and Film (Course 3791 is in Translation)
AP/HND 37103.00Contemporary Literatures of the South Asian Diaspora
AP/IT 37603.00Italian Medieval and Renaissance Civilization (YorkU Abroad)
AP/IT 37703.00Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture (YorkU Abroad)
AP/JP 27006.00Contemporary Japanese Culture and Society
AP/KOR 36006.00Contemporary Korean Culture
Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/POLS 29406.00Introduction to International Politics
AP/POLS 29506.00States and Societies in the Global Context : Introduction to Comparative Politics
AP/POLS 32403.00Multilateralism I: The United Nations, Regional Organizations and International Law
AP/POLS 32503.00Multilateralism II: The Political Economy of International Organizations
AP/POLS 3260 (cross-listed w/ AP/MIST 3260)6.00War and Peace in the Middle East
AP/POLS 34103.00Globalization, State Theory and City Regions
AP/POLS 35153.00China: 21st Century Superpower
AP/POLS 3553 (cross-listed w/ AP/SOSC 3410)6.00Political Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean
AP/POLS 35703.00Africa: The Politics of Transition and Resistance
AP/POLS 39003.00Local to Global: City and Nation in the Age of Globalization
Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/PPAS 3560/3569 (cross-listed w/ AP/ECON 3560/3569)3.00Economic Policy in Developing Countrie
Course CodeCredit ValueCourse Title
AP/SOSC 1430*9.00Introduction to International Development Studies
AP/SOSC 21023.00Health Systems in the Global Society
AP/SOSC 24356.00Introduction to South Asian Studies
AP/SOSC 34806.00Culture, Democracy and Development in Africa
AP/SOSC 39706.00India: Culture and Society

*This course is an approved LA&PS General Education course, it cannot be used to satisfy both the General Education Degree Requirement and the International-Oriented Course Requirement.

Language Requirement

Language credits: at least 18.00 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the advanced-level course in the chosen language.

A student may be exempted from some of the language requirement credits if he/she has a degree of fluency in a language.  If an iBA student is fluent in a language, he/she may undergo an examination to test language proficiency by the Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (or the French Studies Department for French language).  Students exempted from one or more of the language courses may substitute the required credits with another language or cultural course.  Please speak with your program iBA Coordinator for details.

Academic Exchange Requirement

International exchange: at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s 120+ exchange partners. Course credits earned on exchange will be transferred to the degree, and can be classified as fulfilling major, internationally-oriented, language, or free choice credit requirements.

Students are recommended to apply during second year in order to spend their third year abroad. By third year, students should have adapted to the demands of university life and have the skills required for study in a foreign teaching environment. Those in their final year have less flexibility in course selection and may have difficulties finding courses abroad.

All academic exchanges are organized through the Office of York International.  For more information and how to apply for the exchange, please visit here.

What is the difference between an Honours BA and an Honours iBA? Click here for a detailed breakdown.

Contact Information

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Saba Rafiq
srafiq@yorku.ca

iBA Coordinators

iBA MajoriBA CoordinatorEmailDepartment/Unit
AnthropologyAlbert Schrauwerschranth@yorku.caDepartment of Anthropology, room 2054 Vari Hall. lapsanth@yorku.ca
Communication StudiesSusan Driversdriver@yorku.caDepartment of Communication Studies, room 3004 Victor Philip Dahdaleh Building. lapscomn@yorku.ca
European StudiesAvron Kulakakulak@yorku.caDepartment of Humanities, room 262 Vanier College. lapshuma@yorku.ca
French StudiesDominique Scheffel-Dunandfrenchr@yorku.caDepartment of French Studies, room N727 Ross Building. lapsfren@yorku.ca
German StudiesGabriele Muellergmueller@yorku.caDepartment of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, room S561 Ross Building. lapsdlll@yorku.ca
HistoryJonathan Edmondsonchairhis@yorku.caDepartment of History, room 2140 Vari Hall. lapshist@yorku.ca
HumanitiesAvron Kulakakulak@yorku.caDepartment of Humanities, room 262 Vanier College. lapshuma@yorku.ca
Italian StudiesJohn Picchionejohnp@yorku.caDepartment of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, room S561 Ross Building. lapsdlll@yorku.ca
PoliticsDavid Mutimerpolschr@yorku.caDepartment of Politics, room S672 Ross Building.  lapspols@yorku.ca
Sexuality StudiesAllyson Mitchellmail@allysonmitchell.comSchool of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, room 206 Founders College. lapsgsws@yorku.ca
Urban StudiesLisa Drummonddrummond@yorku.caDepartment of Social Science, room S737 Ross Building. lapssosc@yorku.ca