International Bachelor of Arts (iBA)

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and 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!

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.

What is the difference between an Honours BA and an Honours iBA?  Check here: iBA difference

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  + 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.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/ANTH 1120* 6.00 Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today
AP/ANTH 2100 6.00 From Empire to Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives
AP/ANTH 3120 6.00 The Anthropology of Tourism
AP/ANTH 3410 6.00 Critical 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.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/COMN 3770 3.00 Transnational Media Culture and Global Youth

ENGLISH

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/EN 3175 3.00 Travel Writing in English

GEOGRAPHY

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/GEOG 1000* 6.00 Introduction to World Geography
AP/GEOG 1410 6.00 Human Geography
AP/GEOG 2030 3.00 The End of the Earth As We Know It: Global Environmental Change
AP/GEOG 2070 3.00 Empire, State and Power: Introduction to Political Geography
AP/GEOG 2220 6.00 Urban Geography
AP/GEOG 3060 3.00 Post Colonial Geographies
AP/GEOG 3130 3.00 The 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.

HISTORY

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/HIST 1030 6.00 Imperialism and Nationalism in Modern Asia
AP/HIST 2310 (cross-listed w/ AP/RU 2750 & AP/HUMA 2750) 6.00 Russian Culture: Continuity and Conflict (In Translation)

HUMANITIES

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/HUMA 1770* 6.00 One World: Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Globalization
AP/HUMA 1865* 6.00 Introduction to World Religions
AP/HUMA 2310 6.00 Introduction to Caribbean Culture
AP/HUMA 2600 6.00 Humanities 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.

HUMAN RIGHTS & EQUITY STUDIES

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

LANGUAGES & CULTURE

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/ARB 2700 6.00 Introduction to Arabic Culture
AP/CH 3790/3791 6.00 Contemporary Chinese Culture Through Literary Texts and Film (Course 3791 is in Translation)
AP/HND 3710 3.00 Contemporary Literatures of the South Asian Diaspora
AP/IT 3760 3.00 Italian Medieval and Renaissance Civilization (YorkU Abroad)
AP/IT 3770 3.00 Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture (YorkU Abroad)
AP/JP 2700 6.00 Contemporary Japanese Culture and Society
AP/KOR 3600 6.00 Contemporary Korean Culture

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/POLS 2940 6.00 Introduction to International Politics
AP/POLS 2950 6.00 States and Societies in the Global Context : Introduction to Comparative Politics
AP/POLS 3240 3.00 Multilateralism I: The United Nations, Regional Organizations and International Law
AP/POLS 3250 3.00 Multilateralism II: The Political Economy of International Organizations
AP/POLS 3260 (cross-listed w/ AP/MIST 3260) 6.00 War and Peace in the Middle East
AP/POLS 3410 3.00 Globalization, State Theory and City Regions
AP/POLS 3515 3.00 China: 21st Century Superpower
AP/POLS 3553 (cross-listed w/ AP/SOSC 3410) 6.00 Political Economy of Latin America and the Caribbean
AP/POLS 3570 3.00 Africa: The Politics of Transition and Resistance
AP/POLS 3900 3.00 Local to Global: City and Nation in the Age of Globalization

PUBLIC POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/PPAS 3560/3569 (cross-listed w/ AP/ECON 3560/3569) 3.00 Economic Policy in Developing Countries

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Course Code Credit Value Course Title
AP/SOSC 1430* 9.00 Introduction to International Development Studies
AP/SOSC 2102 3.00 Health Systems in the Global Society
AP/SOSC 2435 6.00 Introduction to South Asian Studies
AP/SOSC 3480 6.00 Culture, Democracy and Development in Africa
AP/SOSC 3970 6.00 India: 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 and 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.

Contact Information

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Bruno Ritacca
(416) 736-2100 ext. 33586
britacca@yorku.ca

 

Contact Information: iBA Coordinators

iBA Major
iBA Coordinator Email Department/Unit
Anthropology Albert Schrauwers chranth@yorku.ca Department of Anthropology, room 2054 Vari Hall. lapsanth@yorku.ca
Communication Studies Mary-Louise Craven mlc@yorku.ca Department of Communication Studies, room 3004 Victor Philip Dahdaleh Building. lapscomn@yorku.ca
European Studies Avron Kulak akulak@yorku.ca Department of Humanities, room 262 Vanier College. lapshuma@yorku.ca
French Studies Dominique Scheffel-Dunand frenchr@yorku.ca Department of French Studies, room N727 Ross Building. lapsfren@yorku.ca
Geography Joseph Mensah jmensah@yorku.ca Department of Geography, room N418 Ross Building. lapsgeog@yorku.ca
German Studies Gabriele Mueller gmueller@yorku.ca Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, room S561 Ross Building. lapsdlll@yorku.ca
History Jonathan Edmondson chairhis@yorku.ca Department of History, room 2140 Vari Hall. lapshist@yorku.ca
Humanities Avron Kulak akulak@yorku.ca Department of Humanities, room 262 Vanier College. lapshuma@yorku.ca
Italian Studies Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano lllchair@yorku.ca Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, room S561 Ross Building. lapsdlll@yorku.ca
Politics David Mutimer polschr@yorku.ca Department of Politics, room S672 Ross Building.  lapspols@yorku.ca
Sexuality Studies Allyson Mitchell mail@allysonmitchell.com School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, room 206 Founders College. lapsgsws@yorku.ca
Urban Studies Lisa Drummond drummond@yorku.ca Department of Social Science, room S737 Ross Building. lapssosc@yorku.ca