Choosing a major is a big decision. What subject do you want to concentrate on for the next four years? Most people are interested in a few different subject areas, sometimes making it difficult to decide on a major. Thankfully, students who choose York don’t necessarily have to settle on one area of study or even one major. York offers many degree options, giving you the opportunity to study a number of different subjects throughout the duration of your degree.
Your major will be your primary area of study. Most of your courses will be in your major’s subject area; however you will also be given a number of general education requirements that you have to fulfill, along with free choice credits. These requirements give you an opportunity to explore subjects outside of your major, allowing you to learn about other topics. For example, if your major is economics, you could take anything from a music to a statistics course to fulfill your free choice credits.
Free choice credits can also be used towards other degree options such as minors and double majors. Minors are secondary areas of study which require you to take a certain number of credits (typically five full-year courses). Double majors entail combining two primary areas of study, allowing you to primarily concentrate on two major subject areas. Adding either a minor or a double major is a great way to gain different perspectives and potentially make yourself more employable.
It is important to note that certain Facilities have restrictions on what students can take as a minor or double major. It is best to speak with an academic advisor before deciding to declare an additional major or add a minor. Students who are eligible to declare a minor or a double major may do so at their enrolment appointment. For more information about majors and minors and how they work, visit the Majors & Minors website.