Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know I am taking the right courses for my program?

Students with only one major can visit their online Degree Progress Report. Students in combined (double major or major/minor) degree programs and some select programs are not able to use the Degree Progress Report. These students should refer to the Academic Calendar for the year in which they entered their program. Those who began their program in FW14 or after can also use a degree checklist. If, after using the degree progress report, calendar or checklist, you still have questions about your graduation status, please speak with an academic advisor.

*Students with transfer credit from a previous post-secondary institution may notice that the transfer credits are not accounted for in the report. There is a link to your transfer credit statement on the report to help guide you.

2. What courses should I take in my first year at York?

This course selection guide outlines the courses that students enroling in 30 credits normally take in their first year of study at York. Students may also choose to take fewer than 30 credits. This document is organized alphabetically by degree program and includes Major, General Education and elective courses that first-year students are recommended to take.

3. Which General Education requirements should I be following?

You should follow the General Education Requirements listed in the Academic Calendar. Please follow the links from the Faculty Rules section of the Academic Calendar for the year that you started your program.

Steps:

  1. Visit the Academic Calendars website
  2. Select the Academic Year in which you started your program
  3. Click Faculty Rules on the left-side menu
  4. Under Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, select Rules and Regulations
  5. Click Degree Requirements
Which General Education Courses are currently available?

Steps:

  1. Visit the courses website
  2. Select General Education Courses from the Search Current Courses By section
  3. Select the Session (term), Select LA&PS as the Faculty and then select your Degree

4. I am having trouble adding or dropping a course. What should I do?

There are strict add and drop deadlines. If you are trying to add or drop a course past the deadline, please speak to an academic advisor. You may have to submit a petition. If you are unable to enroll in a course because spaces are reserved, please contact the department offering the course.

5. I am having trouble choosing a major. Who can help me decide?

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies offers a large array of undergraduate programs. Explore this list of LA&PS majors to find the best fit for you. If you are thinking about changing your major, please make sure you meet the new program’s requirements. For more information about changing majors, please click here. The Career Centre also has a number of resources to help you choose a major that fits you.

6. How can I change my program?

Students may request a program change here. Please read all sections of this page carefully as it will help you determine the timing of your request. Also, make sure you meet all the requirements needed to enter the new Faculty, degree or program. In addition to a minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite courses, some LA&PS programs have additional eligibility and advising requirements. Please contact the program’s office directly to confirm your eligibility before you submit your request. If you have previously been granted transfer credits, these may be re-assessed for the new program.

Students in a 120-credit Honours BA program who wish to switch to a 90-credit BA degree for graduation do not need to submit a change request. This change can be part of your application to graduate.

7. How do I check transfer credits from my previous post-secondary studies?

Once a student is accepted to York, the University conducts an assessment for transfer credits. This statement outlines how much transfer credit a student will receive and whether or not there are any waivers or exclusions of their degree requirements at York. For more information about transfer credits, please click here.

8. How are my grades determined?

All course grades are derived from an evaluation of examination, where applicable, and term work. Students are not required to obtain a passing grade on a final examination in order to pass a course, except when the final examination represents more than 50 per cent of the final grade of the course. However in some cases students may be required to pass a specific course lab component in order to obtain a passing grade.

Eligibility to continue in or graduate from an undergraduate degree program will not be based on a minimum grade requirement for each major course. Some major subject areas may set requirements for a minimum cumulative GPA. Specific course grade requirements may also be set when a course is a prerequisite for upper-level courses or a core requirement. Course grades are not official until released by York.

9. What is the percentage value of letter grades?

The following table is to be used to convert percentage grades to letter grades:

Percentage Letter Grade Grade Point
90-100 A+ 9
80-89 A 8
75-79 B+ 7
70-74 B 6
65-69 C+ 5
60-64 C 4
55-59 D+ 3
50-54 D 2
40-49 E 1
0-39 F 0

10. What happens if I repeat a course I have already taken?

Students may repeat a passed or a failed course once for academic degree or certificate credit. When a student is allowed to repeat a course for academic degree or certificate credit, the second grade will be the grade of record and the only grade calculated in the student’s grade point average (Major, Cumulative, Sessional and Overall). A course can be credited only once towards satisfaction of degree or certificate academic credit requirements. Click here for more information on repeating passed or failed courses for academic credit.

11. How do I maintain the Honours status of my degree?

Students must have a minimum 5.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in order to maintain their Honours status. Those who meet this minimum academic standing can proceed with a 120-credit Honours BA degree (4 years); students who don’t meet minimum GPA can proceed in the 90-credit BA degree (3 years), which requires a 4.0 GPA (except for BAS and BHRM which requires 5.0). Once you attain a 5.0 cumulative GPA, you can return to your Honours program.

Please note that some Honours programs may also require minimum grades in specific courses or a major GPA.

12. I am almost done my degree. What do I need to do to graduate?

Once enroled in the final required courses for your degree, you may apply to graduate. The Registrar’s Office will audit your record and confirm that you are potentially eligible to graduate (a final audit will be conducted once grades for your final courses are released). Before you apply to graduate, please make sure you meet the degree requirements for the year you entered your program (click here for more information).

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to graduate, contact academic advising. Convocation ceremonies take place in June and in October; for information, click here.

13. I don’t meet the requirements to graduate. What are my options?

Students who did not meet the minimum 4.0 cumulative GPA (5.0 for BAS and BHRM) in the session they completed their 90th credit will be allowed to take a maximum of 12 additional credits to try and raise their cumulative GPA to 4.0 and be able to graduate (these credits must be taken at York).

The following students are not eligible to graduate: 1) those who failed to meet the minimum cumulative GPA upon completing the 12 additional credits (your last option is to submit a petition to be allowed additional credits); 2) BAS and BHRM students who failed to meet the program warning conditions; and 3) BSW students who failed to maintain their Honours status.

14. Can I take courses even though I am not a current York student?

Yes. Whether you are a visiting student from another university or are taking courses at York on a non-degree basis, the program office offering the course can provide you with information about course prerequisites.

For information about registering and enroling in courses, follow the links below:
Visiting students
Non-degree students

15. How can I resume my studies after being absent from York?

Please reactivate your student record if you did not enrol in courses in the last Fall/Winter academic session and would like to return to York to finish your degree.

16. Where can I get more information about my grade report and academic decision (e.g. eligibility to proceed)?

You will find helpful information on grade reports and academic decisions here. For more detailed enquiries, seek academic advising.

17. What is Course Load?

Fall/Winter session:

A full course load is defined as 30 credits during the Fall/Winter Session. Students may take a maximum of 36 credits overall ( and 18 credits per term) without petitioning.

Students with substantial familial or financial responsibilities outside the University are advised to consider taking fewer courses in a session.

It is recommended that students take their personal circumstances and academic standing into consideration before taking a course load of 36 credits in the Fall/Winter session.

Summer session:

A full course load is defined as 15 credits in the Summer session. Students may take a maximum of 18 credits overall without petitioning.

Students with substantial familial or financial responsibilities outside the University are advised to consider taking fewer courses in a session.

It is recommended that students take their personal circumstances and academic standing into consideration before taking a course load of 18 credits in the Summer session.