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Explore your options. Bridge disciplines. Study what you love and learn what you need! Be inspired by your passionate interests and true to your career goals.

Increase your knowledge through a diverse selection of degrees, certificates and versatile major-minor combinations. The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) provides you with unique flexibility: virtually all of our programs can be taken part-time, and many offer evening, weekend and online courses that can smoothly fit into your schedule.

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Certificate in Accounting

School of Administrative Studies

Add an accounting flavour to your degree with this certificate program. Learn the basics of accounting and position yourself competitively in accounting adjacent careers.

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Certificate in Advocacy and Public Engagement

Department of Anthropology

This certificate encourages student activism by offering a critical, cross-cultural perspective on major public issues. It also demonstrates how to effect change by drawing on political forces outside the discipline.

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African Studies

Department of Social Science

This program provides students with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Africa as a double major or minor. It is designed to help you gain personal and political insight on topics such as African history, people and the continent’s role in global affairs.

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Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

This program focuses on a comparative study of the world’s societies. You will ask critical questions about contemporary, past and future social life. You will explore the four major themes of the program including gender, health and the body; nature, science and religion; culture and performance; and power, politics and development.

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Certificate in Anti-Racist Research & Practice

Department of Equity Studies

Learn to challenge systemic and institutional racism by discussing topics that deal with racial issues in the workplace, schools, health care, immigration, law enforcement, media and the expressive arts.

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Certificate in Black Canadian Studies

Department of Humanities

This is the place to learn and examine the histories, cultures and experiences of Black Canada. You’ll learn about people of African descent in the Americas through cultural studies, history, literature and music.

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Business Economics

Department of Economics

This program integrates aspects of economics and business studies focusing on using economic analysis and statistical methods to deal effectively with economic problems in practical business fields.

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Business & Society

Department of Social Science

This program provides students with the tools needed to study the relationship between business, the economy and society. Study the impact of business decisions on broader society and understand the correlation between economic decisions and social outcomes.

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Business Minor

School of Administrative Studies

The Business Honours Minor program may be combined with any approved non-business Honours program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School of Engineering.

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Children, Childhood & Youth

Department of Humanities

This program will examine how to engage children and discern children, and young people's voices in historical and cultural contexts. You will come to understand the human condition from the child’s perspective.

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Certificate in Chinese Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Learn the most spoken language in the world and one becoming increasingly prominent politically and economically.

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Classical Studies

Department of Humanities

This program offers a range of courses in Greek and Roman history, literature, culture, art and architecture, Greek philosophy, and in Greek and Latin language. Explore the mythology, archaeology, history, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

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Cognitive Science

Department of Philosophy

Explore the complex nature of the functions of the mind while answering the oldest questions in philosophy and discovering the most recent findings in science.

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Commerce

School of Administrative Studies

Acquire fundamentals of knowledge in all business disciplines, along with specialized skills and expertise in one of eight distinct streams of specialization: accounting, finance, marketing, management, supply chain management, business research, technology management and human resources management.

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Communication and Media Studies

Department of Communication & Media Studies

This program is organized around three main themes: media, culture and society; critical technology studies; and politics and policy. Explore the character and development of today's diverse media and communication landscapes.

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Creative Writing

Department of English

This program introduces students to the various forms of literary writing. Develop a portfolio of writing including fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry with one of the few degree programs of its kind in Canada.

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Criminology

Department of Social Science

Discover how the study of crime and its control intersects with social life and connects to the pursuit of justice. This program focuses not only on crime and criminal justice, but also on processes of criminalization and social regulation.

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Certificate in Culture, Medicine & Health

Department of Anthropology

Medical Anthropology provides an anthropological perspective on health and illness processes. It also explores the socio-cultural factors shaping the experience of illness, patterns of health and disease and access to health care services.

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Culture & Expression

Department of Humanities

This flexible, interdisciplinary degree program is designed to explore the plurality of cultural expression. Explore the catalytic relationship between the creative human imagination and the cultural settings that ignite it.

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Disaster & Emergency Management

School of Administrative Studies

You’ll develop an understanding of the Emergency Management Response Cycle, including hazard identification, risk analysis/evaluation/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

 

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East Asian Studies

Department of Humanities

This program explores the significance of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages, literature and fine arts, and investigate the economic, social and political impact of these influential nations.

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Economics

Department of Economics

This program introduces students to economic thinking and prepares them to intelligently consider contemporary economic issues. Gain the analytical skills necessary for understanding and solving complex economic problems.

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Certificate in Emergency Management

School of Administrative Studies

Learn to prevent and manage local, regional and international disasters. Become a sought after emergency management professional with this robust program.

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English Language Studies

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

ESL courses are designed to meet the demands of the contemporary competitive professional environment. The program also provides you with a credential attesting to advanced knowledge and communicative competence in professional contexts.

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English

Department of English

Discover literary art in all its forms, become knowledgeable about the development of literature throughout history and master the ability to write. This program offers a variety of courses in historical periods from medieval to contemporary, in the literature of several nations (Canadian and post-colonial as well as English and American).

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English & Professional Writing

Writing Department

This program blends English & Professional Writing into a single degree program that highlights and enhances the relationship between the two fields of study. Develop your critical reading, writing and analytical thinking skills.

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Financial & Business Economics

Department of Economics

This program is highly structured to give students a broad understanding of the economic framework upon which financial theory is based.

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Certificate in Financial Planning

School of Administrative Studies

Become a skilled financial advisor for individuals, companies and other organizations. Help people and institutions plan and manage their financial resources effectively.

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French Studies

Department of French Studies

The French Studies program focuses on the study of language, linguistics and literature while exploring francophone culture around the world. We keep our classes small to give you plenty of opportunity to speak French and interact with professors and classmates.

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Certificate in French Proficiency

Department of French Studies

Become certified as holding one of three levels of French language proficiency. This certificate can be taken together with a bachelor’s degree.

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Gender & Women’s Studies

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Discover the intersections of gender, race, class, age, ability and sexuality in popular culture, everyday life, the arts, the sciences, politics, societies and the economy.

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Certificate in Gender & Women's Studies

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Designed for students with no previous exposure to women's studies, this certificate offers a survey into issues and themes in the field. The program invites you to explore the lives and experiences of women, historically and cross-culturally, and to critically examine the social, political and economic institutions shaping women's lives.

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German Studies

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Explore the language, culture and society of the German-speaking world. You will have the opportunity to study abroad with Canada’s best range of exchange programs.

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Certificate in German Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

German is a vital tool for academic work in numerous disciplines across the fields of humanities and social sciences. It is also a major language of business, diplomacy and tourism in the European Union and has over 100 million speakers.

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Global Political Studies

Department of Politics

Gain the skills required to analyze the governance of global forces, and evaluate responses to tough questions in today’s global landscape. This program focuses on the political community; issues of diversity and inequality; the nature of security, peace and violence; and major transformations in global, regional and domestic politics.

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Certificate in Modern Greek Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Modern Greek has its roots in Classical, Hellenistic and Byzantine Greek. It is spoken by about 13 million people, primarily in Greece and Cyprus, but also in many places around the world to which Greeks have immigrated. Toronto has a sizeable population of Greek speakers, as does the United States, Great Britain and Australia.

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Health & Society

Department of Social Science

Challenge yourself to critically look at the complexity of health policy, and discover ways in which globalizing economies shape both illness and health care.

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Certificate in Health Services Financial Management

School of Administrative Studies

This program will help you become the go-to financial planning resource for health services organizations. Contribute your skills to organizations providing front line care and other crucial health industry services.

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Certificate in Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Department of Humanities

Take a deep dive into the study of Hebrew and the history of the Jewish people with this specialized certificate.

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Certificate in Modern Hebrew Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Learn one of the most important languages for Biblical, anthropological and historical literature studies.

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Hellenic Studies

Department of Humanities

In this program, you'll explore past and present through Greece’s language, literature, culture and history, as well as a range of other Humanities and European Studies courses. You’ll study issues–including immigration, citizenship and identity–that are as vital to Canadian society as they are to Greece.

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History

Department of History

This program will explore thousands of years of history in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas and explore themes such as the immigrant experience in Canada, native history and global migration.

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Human Resources Management

School of Human Resource Management

This interdisciplinary and professional program focuses on all aspects related to managing people in organizations. Explore industrial relations, career management, gender and diversity, recruitment and selection, economics and statistics, training and development.

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Human Rights & Equity Studies

Department of Equity Studies

This program explores the ethical principles of human rights as well as the roots and impact of human rights violations and efforts of remedy. Discover the foundational concepts behind human rights and examine what constitutes rights violations.

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Certificate in Human Resources Management

School of Human Resource Management

This certificate is designed for current York students and as a stand-alone program for former university students looking for HRM education. The program offers courses in organizational behaviour, human resource management, industrial relations, employment law, training and development, HR planning, compensation, labour economics and recruitment.

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Humanities

Department of Humanities

This program emphasizes the different ways in which human cultures and their multiple forms of expression have developed historically and continue to develop today.

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Indigenous Studies

Department of Humanities

Develop awareness and a sense of social responsibility relating to Indigenous issues. Learn from traditional Elders and ceremonies. Placements with Indigenous or supporting organizations will also provide you with cultural and experiential knowledge about Indigenous lands, languages and cultures.

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Certificate in Indigenous Studies

Department of Humanities

Engage with the Indigenous history, culture and arts. Learn about contemporary and legacy colonial issues facing Indigenous people and efforts at redress.

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Individualized Studies

Department of Humanities

This program is designed for students whose academic interests are best met by a customized program of study that allows them to choose courses across the University. The program is unique to York and allows you to create your own path.

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Certificate in Information Technology Auditing & Assurance

School of Administrative Studies

Help organizations ensure compliance and growth in their IT operations.

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Information Technology

School of Information Technology

This program studies how technology can best be integrated and customised. Discover the world of Information Technology (IT) and become an IT professional able to design, implement, customize and manage technologies.

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Interdisciplinary Social Science

Department of Social Science

Examine historical and contemporary issues within the social science field, including topics such as sustainability and the environment, social justice and diversity, diaspora and global development.

 

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International Development Studies

Department of Social Science

Explore the foundations of international development theory and how these theories translate into the practice of helping those in need. Study the realities facing communities throughout the world, and the factors that contribute to the inequalities between the rich and the poor.

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Certificate in Investment Management

School of Administrative Studies

Direct individuals and organizations to invest their resources optimally. Learn to manage and grow portfolios.

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Certificate in Italian Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Known as the "language of music" due to its influence on opera and musical terminology, Italian has significantly influenced European arts and culture. It is also a prominent language of politics and commerce in Europe as the second most widely spoken native language in the European Union.

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Italian Studies

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Study Italian languages, literature and linguistics and enhance your understanding of Italy’s place in the global context and the multi-faceted and dynamic Italian culture.

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Japanese Studies

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Learn the Japanese language and appreciate Japanese culture in our program offering course selection breadth and academic depth.

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Certificate in Japanese Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Engage with one of the most prominent Asian languages and gain an appreciation for Japanese culture in the process.

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Jewish Studies

Department of Humanities

Explore Judaism and the Jewish people while studying the history of Judaism as a religion, and the texts, sociologies, languages, cultures and fine arts of the Jewish people from biblical times to present day.

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Certificate in Law & Society

Department of Social Science

Give your degree a current degree a law & society flavour. In this program, you will explore different approaches to law, acquire critical skills for socio-legal study and research and understand how law operates in our daily lives.

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Law & Society

Department of Social Science

Sharpen your research and analytical skills in fields as varied as philosophy, anthropology and criminology as you pursue the knowledge of the law, how it has impacted the course of history and the role it plays in today’s society.

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Linguistics

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

What is the relation between language and society? Why and how does language change through time? How do language and thought relate? Explore all these questions and more through a range of courses that have applications to teaching, speech-language pathology and communication engineering.

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Certificate in Logistics

School of Administrative Studies

Optimize the processes that go into delivering people, goods and information in a timely manner.

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Certificate in Management

School of Administrative Studies

Become a highly competent managerial professional and manage high performing teams.

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Marketing Minor

School of Administrative Studies

Gain new insights and open new career paths by blending your major with an Honours Minor in Marketing. The 30-credit program is housed in the School of Administrative Studies and open to all York students in an approved non-business Honours program.

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Certificate in Marketing

School of Administrative Studies

Learn the fundamentals of marketing management, consumer behaviour and marketing research. You will discover how marketing helps organizations sell their goods and services.

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Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

This program explores many of humanity’s fundamental questions. The program’s interdisciplinary approach will help you understand various contemporary challenges in applied ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, cognitive science, philosophy of mind and argumentation theory.

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Political Science

Department of Politics

Explore the actions of governments, judicial systems and political parties while discovering movements in society and in the power relations of everyday life. This program is designed to develop a student’s political analysis ability, critical skills and democratic awareness.

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Portuguese & Luso Brazilian Studies

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

This program focuses on aspects of art, musical and literary expressions, history, social and political landscapes through a wealth of courses, including experiential education opportunities.

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Certificate in Portuguese Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Portuguese is the fourth most spoken language in the world. It is the official language in nine countries and is the working language of 12 international organizations. The Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies program will introduce you to the language, literature and culture of Portugal, Brazil and the entire Lusophone world across all continents.

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Certificate in Practical Ethics

Department of Philosophy

Practical ethics is an exciting new area of multidisciplinary study and research which provides the opportunity to apply ethical concepts and principles to contemporary social issues. The courses address questions of applied ethics and public policy in the fields of anthropology, economics, environmental studies, humanities, philosophy, political science, social science and sociology.

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Professional Writing

Writing Department

Gain the type of practical experience highly sought after by prospective employers while studying forms of written expression that inform and shape our culture.

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Public Administration

School of Public Policy & Administration

This program aims to provide students with “education for good governance.” With a strong emphasis on social justice, public ethics and commitment to democratic values, students in the Public Administration program take courses from a mix of disciplines. Develop critical thinking, analytical capabilities and management skills.

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Certificate in Public Administration & Law

School of Public Policy & Administration

This professional certificate is aimed at individuals who wish to combine knowledge of public administration and law with expertise in another area demonstrated through the achievement of at least an undergraduate degree.

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Certificate in Public History

Department of History

This certificate introduces you to the theory, methods and practices in historical, heritage and cultural institutions. It also provides a critical understanding of the production and presentation of historical knowledge for public audiences.

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Certificate in Public Policy Analysis

School of Public Policy & Administration

This certificate is for you if you're interested in public policy analysis and want your academic record to reflect a public policy analysis emphasis. Upon completing the certificate, you will be ready to analyze public policies in light of the role of government in civil society.

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Certificate in Refugee & Migration Studies

Department of Equity Studies

This interdisciplinary certificate addresses issues concerning ethnic communities, gender, racism, migration, policy, cultural identity and international relations.

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Religious Studies

Department of Humanities

This program invites students to join in current scholarly efforts to study, analyze and understand different forms of religious experience from a number of disciplinary perspectives. Students may concentrate on one religious tradition or they may take a comparative approach.

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Certificate in Sexuality Studies

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

The Sexuality Studies certificate offers interdisciplinary training in sexuality studies to York students, professionals, activists and community leaders. The certificate provides those who are interested in doing (or who currently do) sexuality studies work, activism and/or community outreach with theoretical and applied knowledge along with university credentials.

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Sexuality Studies

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Examine the artistic, cultural, economic, geographic, historical, literary, political, psychological and social aspects of sexuality in a transnational context.

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Social Work

School of Social Work

Combine practical experience with in-class studies about critical social work perspectives and approaches with our social work program, recognized as one of the most progressive and socially responsive programs in Canada.

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Sociology

Department of Sociology

Examine social interaction and explore thought-provoking topics such as social inequality, the causes and effects of global migration, and the meaning of gender and race in society.

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Certificate in Spanish Language

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Spoken by over 400 million people, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language worldwide. It is the official language in over 20 countries. As such, Spanish is an ideal foundation for work in many different areas. Qualified bilingual and multilingual graduates are in demand in fields such as law, business and finance, media, social services, medicine, education and hospitality.

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Spanish

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Develop a strong command of the Spanish language as you explore the language, literature, culture, and ethnic diversity of Spain and the Spanish-American world.

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Speech & Language Sciences

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

This new program provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the field of speech and language sciences and disorders. This program also functions as a pre-professional preparatory program for students who intend to pursue graduate work in speech-language pathology or audiology. Our program is just the third of its kind offered in Canada.

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Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

As the world becomes increasingly internationalized, there is a growing demand for qualified ESL/EFL teachers. In response to this demand for accredited English language teachers, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics offers a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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Urban Studies

Department of Social Science

Gain real world perspectives and theoretical knowledge as you investigate the complex relationship between political institutions, economic systems, ecological processes, physical structures, social relations and cultural understandings.

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Certificate in Urban Studies

Department of Social Science

Study the social and cultural complexities present in cities. You will learn about contrasts of wealth and poverty, as well as a challenging array of planning, governance, and environmental concerns including climate change.

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Work & Labour Studies

Department of Social Science

Learn how work occupies much of our lives and influences how we live and think about the world while exploring the complex nature of work and employment, the impact of globalization and the role of trade unions.

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