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Business & Society (Bachelor of Arts)


What will I learn?

Gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of business on society and the relationships between business, social structures and government. Learn about how economic power affects the distribution of wealth and opportunity. Benefit from the way our program blends philosophical, historical, economical, geographical, sociological and political approaches to studying the relation between business and society.

Unlike a traditional business school, our program is a critical, interdisciplinary program that equips you with practical, essential skills to give you a solid foundation for success in a range of career paths. You have the opportunity specialize in either business ethics and corporate social responsibility; the environment; the firm and organization; the global economy; law and governance; or the social economy.

As a graduate, you can explore careers that include green business development, social investment, public policy, social enterprises, the non-profit sector, NGOs and social accounting.

What you’ll learn

Understand modern economic history, developing concepts that will help you grasp the impact of globalization on socioeconomic trends.

Learn about practical ways to address the social issues raised in the interrelations between business and society like sustainability, social responsibility and social inequality

Discover the way the “social economy” affects our traditional understanding of economic and business processes, and social development.

Hands-on experiences

Join the Business & Society Student Association for social activities, participate in networking events and gain advice on career development.

Honours students in their third year can participate in a paid four- to 16-month internship so you can gain valuable contacts, knowledge and practical work experience.

Honours students in the social economy stream will take a practicum course in fourth year where they will be placed in a social economy organization.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$33,791.00 (US$ 25,202) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2023, 1 April 2023

Start date

9 January 2023, 8 May 2023, 5 September 2023


York University

Keele Campus,

4700 Keele Street,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Accepted Language Tests and Scores: TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83; IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5; Pearson PTE Academic: 60; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60; Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced; Duolingo: 115.

For international students

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Canada.

Accepted Language Tests and Scores

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 88

IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic: 60

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60

Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced

Duolingo: 120

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Durham College
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)

About York University

A leading international research university with a global perspective, York University is preparing a diverse community for long-term success.

  • Two campuses in Toronto with modern, specialized facilities
  • Vibrant, diverse international community of students
  • Excellent student support services
  • No.1 business school in Canada & top 10 in 11 subject areas

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