Approved Programs

New undergraduate and graduate for-credit degree programs that have been approved by the Quality Council on or after September 1, 2011 are detailed in this database, which can be searched in multiple ways: by university, year, program level and/or keyword.

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Educational Studies, BA (Honours)

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: April 23, 2015

The B.A. in Educational Studies is for individuals who are seeking to study education as a discipline or who are seeking education-related careers in community organizations, businesses, governmental and non-governmental agencies involved in a wide array of service provision, and cultural institutions such as museums, art galleries and nature conservancies.

The program provides foundational knowledge and skills so that students will be able to understand and analyze education and its role in contemporary society; and, develops students’ skills to enable them to undertake educational work in non-teacher-certification contexts. However, it does not lead to teacher certification.

Civil Engineering, BEng

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: January 23, 2014

The newly established Civil Engineering Department within the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University proposes to launch a bachelor of engineering degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on developing Renaissance Engineers™. Civil Engineering at York begins from the position that acquiring a breadth of knowledge across the discipline is critical to a fundamental knowledge base that will propel life-long learning, a necessary attitude our graduates will attain in order to navigate the complexities of a changing sector such as that defined by Civil Engineers.  By focusing on exciting applications such as residential and commercial buildings; dams and power stations for electricity generation; transportation infrastructure (roads, railroads, bridges, tunnels, seaports and airports); water and wastewater treatment infrastructure; infrastructure for conveyance of gas, electricity, water and sewage; waste management and environmental protection infrastructure; infrastructure needed for energy and mineral resources exploitation;  asset management, life cycle assessment, smart structural systems, and space structures, our students will not only aspire to their full potential but possess the attributes necessary to realize that potential.

Graduates from our Civil Engineering program can expect to receive training in, not only the traditional areas of Civil Engineering, but rather in new and emerging areas such as sustainability, infrastructure rehabilitation, climate-change-driven engineering and others, with the capacity to provide leadership in each area. Further, students will explore to a wider knowledge space that includes basics of project management and business processes, project financial literacy, technical and non-technical communications, entrepreneurship, ethics, and the basics of legal matters encountered by engineers. We aspire to educate students with a more holistic view beyond the core of their respective discipline, one that nurtures a sensitivity to the needs of society, recognizes the importance of the communication skills, fostering lifelong learning, and experiential education – bridging between theoretical and applied scholarship with an eye to increase opportunities for students to have international experiences.

Students will experience the above educational components from the outset.  These experiences will occur through engineering courses and projects, some in collaboration with other professional schools such as the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School, and other Faculties at York in the later stages of the program. In addition, through experiential education (including opportunities of internships and co-op) and dynamic extracurricular activities, students will develop hands-on knowledge of business, leadership and technology. Civil Engineering will embrace other notions of active learning, by an increased level of project courses, linked courses (through projects and/or teams), and the “flipped” classroom.

Mechanical Engineering, BEng

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: August 7, 2013

The main objective of the program is to educate students to become competent Mechanical Engineer professionals. To be a competent mechanical engineer professional means that the graduates from the program should be able to demonstrate abilities in the following areas, as they are empowered by the program delivery methods and content:

  • Acquisition of solid theoretical, practical, and applied knowledge in basic areas of mechanical engineering including but not limited to thermofluids, solid mechanics, design, control and vibrations, manufacturing, and data analysis.
  • An appreciation of the wider societal and environmental implications of engineering practice, awareness of ethical obligations/behavior and legal matters (e.g. intellectual property), and a sense of community service. 
  • Basic skills related to economics, management, business process and entrepreneurial aspects of the Mechanical Engineering profession.
  • Skill sets and attitude that instills continued independent enhancement of knowledge and skills, during, and well beyond the period spent at the York University.
  • Skills that allow not only to analyze and solve problems, but also to be able to investigate and define them (e.g. by system level thinking.
  • Communication skills (oral, written, and multimedia) that not only allows for an individual to excel in his/her personal pursuits, but also makes the individual an effective team player in mono- as well as multi-cultural settings (the culture is referred to as professional culture as well as how it is understood socially).

Japanese Studies, BA: Honours Minor

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: July 29, 2013

The honours minor degree program in Japanese Studies provides comprehensive language education in tandem with foundational knowledge and skills to better understand, analyze and approach issues related to culture and society of Japan from a cross-cultural perspective.

Students will have the opportunity to develop communicative competence and performance in advanced Japanese, cross-cultural understanding of the language and culture of Japan, business and language use, Japanese linguistics, media and language, reading knowledge of classical Japanese, pedagogy for teaching Japanese, skills in translation and interpretation between English and Japanese. The program is augmented by various exchange programs, internship and co-op programs, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, regional and national speech contests, and other academic and professional opportunities. The program makes use of IT effectively and rigorously to provide students with access to instructional materials on line. This program will particularly emphasizes the value of learning the language and culture of Japan in an increasingly pluralistic and interdependent world. The aim is to educate students to be ‘agents of change’ who will be risk-takers and leaders not only in Canada-Japan relations, but also in global environments. This program will prepare students to be autonomous language learners to develop language skills further; independent thinker and risk-taker with sense of accountability and sensitivity; ability to understand cross-cultural issues and situations; readiness for on-the-job training such as a summer internship program or co-op program in combination with their major programs.

Global Health, BA/BSc

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: April 24, 2013

The Global Health program aims to provide foundational knowledge and skills to better understand, analyze and approach issues of global health from an interdisciplinary perspective.

It is expected that students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and comprehension of the underlying social and political factors that intersect to influence global health along with the principles of human rights needed to enhance the quality of life and health of those around the world. The goal is to produce graduates equipped with a global perspective to tackle issues of human health and health equity in an increasingly pluralistic, interdependent world. The aim is to produce “agents of change” who will assume leadership positions in healthcare, public health systems, research, education and professional roles in private and not-for-profit sectors: locally, nationally and internationally. This program will particularly emphasize the intrinsic value of health – health as a fundamental human capability essential to enjoy freedom – underscoring a rights perspective on health. However, the program will also deal with the instrumental value of health – health as a condition for and product of development.

The BA/BSc in Global Health aims to develop future leaders with tools to both synthesize knowledge and determine innovative solutions to health issues around the globe with the intent to advance quality of life for under-served populations. In addition to completion of core courses, students will have the opportunity to concentrate their studies in fields of Global E-Health, Global Health Systems and Governance, Global Health Promotion and Disease Management, and Global Health and Environment.

United States Studies, BA

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: April 24, 2013

The United States Studies program will provide students with an intellectually coherent program that balances breadth and concentration. At the heart of this program are the disciplines of history, English and political science. The prominence of these three areas of study is reflected in the makeup of both the introductory and capstone courses. These mandatory courses will take an emphatically interdisciplinary approach. In addition, both the introductory and capstone courses will highlight the role of minority, oppressed and “subaltern” groups as well as the U.S. in the World/the World in the U.S.

The program will be multidisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary. The breadth and multidisciplinary nature of U.S. Studies comes from the requirement that students take courses from three areas:  1) literature; 2) history, political science, sociology or social science; and 3) humanities, music, dance, film and art.

Electrical Engineering, BASc

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: November 22, 2012

Electrical engineering students at the Lassonde School of Engineering will experience a Renaissance Engineering program that combines technical expertise with an entrepreneurial mindset, problem-solving skills, creativity, leadership, social responsibility and a global perspective. Students gain practical experience and industry knowledge through multidisciplinary partnerships with world-renowned law and business schools at York, and opportunities to develop external relationships with business, professional bodies, mentors and the wider engineering community. Students’ learning will be transformed through a state-of-the-art curriculum, innovative teaching and custom-designed new facilities – empowering them to develop the skills they need to help change the world.

Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior) / Early Childhood Studies, BA / BEd

Undergraduate York University
Decision Date: September 10, 2012

The concurrent BA/BEd program will qualify graduates to teach at the kindergarten, primary and junior levels. Graduates will also have the option to enter the job market and the new collaborative teaching team in full-day kindergarten programs as a registered early childhood educator or a certified teacher. Graduates will have in-depth understanding of differentiated instruction and thus will be leaders prepared to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families from diverse backgrounds.

The School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University offers a four-year undergraduate degree (BA) in Early Childhood Studies. It has earned a reputation for graduating early childhood educators who are experts in the theory and application of child development, play-based curriculum instructional methods, special education and assessment in teaching young children in a variety of settings.

The Faculty of Education at York University offers an accredited BEd program. The concurrent BA/BEd program will be housed on the Ryerson campus, with faculty from York teaching BEd courses on site. Students will be required to complete all the courses and practicum requirements outlined by the Faculty of Education at York University, under the auspices of its Ontario College of Teachers accreditation in Initial Teacher Education. Graduates of the concurrent program will receive a BA in ECS from Ryerson University and a BEd from York University.