Studying Business & Society

Please note that very few of the courses required for a Business & Society degree are available online or via distance learning. Completing a Business & Society degree means taking classes during working hours on weekdays. If you think you cannot sustain this over three or four years, then the Business & Society is not a good degree choice for you.

Academic Advising

The Dept. of Social Science assists students with queries relating to program selection, course enrolment and charting out their academic career. To book an advising appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 416.736.5054, then press 0.

The Program Coordinator is also available to meet and advise students on program specific queries.

The BUSO Program Office, located at Ross South Building, Room 773, also provides information and advice specific to the program. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 416.736.2100 ext. 77805 or by sending an email to

Please meet with an Academic Advisor for the following

• Repeating a course
A passed or failed course may be repeated once for degree credit. When a course is repeated for degree credit, the second grade will be calculated in the grade point average. However, the record of both the first and the second attempt will appear on the transcript. This restriction is also applicable to cross-listed courses or course credit exclusions. Review Policies, Procedures and Regulations.

• Petitioning a course
It is important to first review the University and Faculty rules and regulations. Once this is understood, students must complete the Petition Package and proceed with the process.

General Education Courses
Students must complete 21 credits, as follows:

Natural Science NATS xxxx 6
Humanities HUMA xxxx 9 or 6
Social Science SOSC xxxx 6 or 9 = 21

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are enrolled in approved Gen. Ed. Courses, as listed in the link above.

• Upper-Level Requirement
A minimum of 36 credits at the 3000- and/or 4000-level; including 18 credits at the 4000 level. BUSO program-specific requirements are detailed separately in this booklet.

• Residency Requirement
Overall at least 30 credits must be taken at York University.
Major program requirement calls for at least half (50%) of the courses to be taken at YorkU.

Student Support Services

The Centre for Academic Writing is located in Ross Building South, Room 311
(Tel: 416.736.5134).
The Centre offers practical instruction on all aspects of writing to all students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Tutors are available who specialize in working with ESL students or students with disabilities affecting their language learning and language skills.

Student Counselling and Development (SCD) is located at N110 Bennett Centre
(Tel: 416.736.5297).
The Centre offers personal counselling, skills development workshops on time management, stress management and test preparation. Also, support is provided to students with mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodation and support to students with disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities and York University Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.

Student Accessibility Services provides support to:

  • Students with temporary or permanent disabilities.
  • Students enrolled in full-time or part-time studies at York’s Keele campus.
  • Students registered in undergraduate or graduate studies.
  • Students enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies.

Student Code of Conduct

Information on standards of student conduct, complaint process and students’ rights are available at Secretariat website.

Plagiarism & Academic Integrity

Students are to bear full responsibility for familiarizing themselves with the YorkU’s regulations on academic integrity.
To understand what constitutes plagiarism, please visit Academic integrity website.

Grade Re-Appraisals

Should a reported grade be incorrect, please liaise with the Course Director first. Should it not be resolved at this stage, then apply for a grade re-appraisal within 21 days after the release of final grades. If the Course Director is not available, please report to the department, prior to the deadline. You can also read the Grade Reappraisal Policy if you have additional concerns.
All Grade Re-appraisal requests must be submitted to the department offering the course.

GPA Calculation

This link will assist you calculate your Grade Point Average (GPA):
To graduate with BA, the minimum Overall Grade Point Average is 4.0 (C)
To graduate with BA Hons. the minimum Overall Grade Point Average is 5.0 (C+)

Student Responsibility

Academic advising is a shared responsibility between you the student and the advisor.
As a student, you are to accept full ownership of all decisions. Academic Advisors will assist you by presenting options. Become knowledgeable of and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.

It is important for students to recognize their responsibility to familiarize themselves with the academic policies, procedures, and requirements published each year in the Undergraduate Calendar. They must continually monitor their progress toward graduation and for their academic choices.

Students are expected to:
• ensure the courses they choose meet all requirements for graduation;
• ensure the courses they choose meet prerequisites and are not course credit exclusions of other courses already taken;
• ensure the times of the courses they choose do not conflict;
• ensure the accuracy of their registration records, including all changes;
• note and observe deadlines and procedures, especially deadlines for adding and dropping courses;
• ensure full documentation is provided in support of petitions and other requests for special consideration;
• keep themselves informed about their academic progress, including their performance in individual courses;
• ensure they are familiar with the University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities
• ensure they understand University Academic Integrity provisions

It is also recommended that students become familiar with the broad range of information and services available through the LA&PS website. This site has a great deal of information on the matters listed above, but also provides useful links to services such as Web enrolment, Student Client Services in the Division of Students and Student Community and Leadership Development and Faculty-affiliated colleges.

Please remember that advising is a shared relationship between you and the advisor. Advisors can explain policies and regulations or offer academic options. However, you must accept final responsibility for the decisions you make regarding your academic program and standing. In the end, the best way for you to succeed and keep your academic options open is to study hard and achieve good grades!

Awards and Scholarships

Department of Social Science — Social Science Bursary
The award is an annual prize of approximately $80 given to a student who is majoring in one of the Social Science programs, who has completed between 30 and 60 credits with a GPA of 6.0 or higher, who is currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits, who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, Ontario resident, and who demonstrates financial need. The Office of Student Financial Services will select the recipient in the fall.

Department of Social Science — Ellen Baar Award
This annual award of approximately $1250 honours the memory of Professor Ellen Baar, a member in the Division of Social Science from 1971 until her death in 1998 who was strongly committed to the Division’s interdisciplinary teaching. It is given to the student entering his/her final year as a major in a Division interdisciplinary program who received the highest GPA in his/her third year of studies, will have completed at least two Division courses in the program, and demonstrates financial need. (If the student with the highest GPA does not demonstrate financial need, a transcript notation will record his/her achievement, and the funds will be distributed to the next highest student who meets the criteria.) Applications may be obtained at the office of the Division’s chair or online.

Business and Society Honours Award
The Business and Society Honours Award has been established by the Business and Society program to offer assistance to a fourth year BUSO honours major. Recipients of the award will be chosen on the basis of a combination of three criteria: 1) academic achievement; 2) financial need, and; 3) community involvement.

BUSO Social Economy Scholarship
The Alterna Savings Social Economy Scholarship in Honour of Haswell B. Iron (worth approx. $2,500) will be given to a fourth-year Business and Society student in the Social Economy stream who has achieved top academic standing in the program during their third year of study and who is committed to promoting awareness and knowledge of social economy as a student ambassador for the BUSO program during their fourth year. This entails the student undertaking a leadership role within at least one major project, program or event during the course of the year which will directly contribute to greater awareness of the social economy on the York Campus. This project, program or event may have educational, organizing and/or research components associated with it.