Welcome to the Department of Humanities

York University recognizes that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.

The Department of Humanities offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a broadly based program of study emphasizing the different ways in which human cultures and their multiple forms of expression have developed historically and continue to develop today.

Humanities courses devote particular attention to the ways peoples in various times and places have expressed cultural values, practices and ideas of a philosophical, religious, moral, political and aesthetic nature. They foster a critical approach to reading and research that, in helping students learn to identify and question preconceived assumptions and values, allows them to engage and appreciate the interrelationship between diverse value systems and thereby to develop an analysis of the human and of human community.

NOTICE: Effective by end of day Thursday, March 19, York University will be offering limited on-campus services to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19. However, the Department of Humanities is still fully committed to ensuring our students get the supports they need. You may reach us at lapshuma@yorku.ca. For more information on the University’s response to the coronavirus, please visit the website for the most recent updates.