Degree Requirements

LA&PS New General Education Guiding Principles

All General Education courses are offered at the 1000-level. All approved General Education courses may count for General Education credit; some may count for major credit; none may count as both. All LA&PS students will be required to take a minimum of 21 General Education credits from the approved list of LA&PS General Education courses.
It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete (pass) their first General Education course within their first 24 credits and all General Education courses within their first 48 credits.

General Education Model
To fulfill the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies General Education requirements students must take 21 credits of General Education including:
• 6.00 credits in Natural Science (NATS).
• A 9.00 credit General Education-designated course in Social Science (SOSC) or Humanities (HUMA) categories.
• A 6.00 credit General Education-designated course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in SOSC or HUMA already taken.

Students already enrolled prior to 2014 will be permitted to continue in their existing degrees and programs of study following grand-parented rules. Current students of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies who change their degree and programs as of Fall/Winter 2014-2015 will be required to follow the new General Education rules. Students beginning their studies in September 2014 and on will follow the model outlined above.

THE HONOURS BA DEGREE

Honours BA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty’s degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average off at least 5.00.

General Education: a minimum of 21 General Education credits (listed above).

Major credits: students will take at least 42 credits in Urban Studies "Core" Courses.

BA Program

The 90-credit BA major requires at least 30 credits in Urban Studies including:

  • SOSC 1733 6.0
  • SOSC 2710 6.0
  • SOSC 3701 3.0 AND SOSC 3702 3.0
    At least 12 credits drawn from SOSC 3711 3.0, SOSC 3712 3.0, SOSC 3714 3.0, SOSC 3715 3.0, SOSC 3718 3.0, SOSC 3720 3.0, SOSC 3742 3.0, SOSC 3746 3.0, SOSC 3745 3.0, SOSC 3755 3.0, SOSC 3760 6.0, SOSC 3770 3.0

Honours BA Program

The honours BA requires at least 42 credits in Urban Studies including:

  • SOSC 1733 6.0
  • SOSC 2710 6.0
  • SOSC 3701 3.0 AND SOSC 3702 3.0
  • SOSC 4700 6.0, SOSC 4713 6.00, OR SOSC 4735 6.0
  • At least 18 further credits from the Urban Studies Program list of courses including at least 6 credits at the 3000 level and 6 credits at the 4000 level.

Specialized Honours BA Program

The specialized honours BA requires at least 54 credits in Urban Studies including:

  • SOSC 1733 6.0
  • SOSC 2710 6.0
  • SOSC 3701 3.0 AND SOSC 3702 3.0
  • SOSC 4700 6.0, SOSC 4713 6.00, OR SOSC 4735 6.0
  • At least 30 credits from the Urban Studies Program list of courses including at least 12 credits at the 3000 level and 12 credits at the 4000 level.

Honours iBA Program

 Students will take at least 42 credits in urban studies including the following:

  • SOSC 1733 6.0
  • SOSC 2710 6.0
  • SOSC 3701 3.0 AND SOSC 3702 3.0
  • At least 12 further credits chosen from the urban studies list of courses, including at least six credits at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • SOSC 4700 6.0, SOSC 4713 6.00, or SOSC 4735 6.0
  • At least 6 further credits at the 4000 level chosen from the list of urban studies courses.

In addition to the courses required for the major, students in the Honours iBA program must fulfill the following requirements:

  • At least 18 credits in a modern language offered by York University, including the Advanced 1 university-level course in the chosen language;
  • At least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major. These could include at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s exchange partners.  Acceptable courses include;
  • EN 3592 6.0 Literary London
  • ARTH 2800B/ARTH 3800B (6.0) Studies Abroad: The Arts in Culture I/II Rome: Open City

For more detailed information regarding the Honours iBA program requirements, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Degree Requirements section of the Undergraduate Calendar.  The requirements for the Honours iBA Program in Urban Studies will be included in the Urban Studies section of the Undergraduate Calendar.  The Honours iBA program in Urban Studies may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program in the Faculty of LA&PS.

Honours (Double-Major) BA Program

The 42-credit honours BA in Urban Studies may be pursued jointly with any other honours BA program in the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies or School of Art, Media, Performance & Design, or with certain majors in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

Honours (Double-Major) Interdisciplinary BA Program

Urban Studies may be linked with another honours double-major interdisciplinary BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Students will complete at least 36 credits in each of the Urban Studies Program and the second program (including at least 18 credits at the 4000-level with at least 6 credits in each program). Further details about double-major requirements in the various interdisciplinary programs are available at the program offices.  In Urban Studies, the 36 credits will include:

  • SOSC 1733 6.0
  • SOSC 2710 6.0
  • SOSC 3701 3.0 AND SOSC 3702 3.0
  • SOSC 4700 6.0, SOSC 4713 6.00, OR SOSC 4735 6.0
  • at least 12 further credits from the Urban Studies Program list of courses.

Honours (Major/Minor) BA Program

The 42-credit Honours BA in Urban Studies may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor BA program in the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies or School of Art, Media, Performance & Design, or with certain minors in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science.

Honours (Minor) Program

An Honours Minor in Urban Studies may be pursued jointly with an Honours Major BA program in the Faculties of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies or School of Art, Media, Performance & Design, or with certain majors in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. The Honours Minor requires at least 30 Urban Studies credits including:

  • SOSC 1733 6.0
  • SOSC 2710 6.0
  • SOSC 3701 3.0 AND SOSC 3702 3.0
  • SOSC 4700 6.0, SOSC 4713 6.00, OR SOSC 4735 6.0
  • 6 additional credits from the Urban Studies Program list of courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.