York University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty of Arts and Science

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York University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty of Arts and Science

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The Faculty of Arts and Science was the first faculty established at York when the university was opened in 1960, offering a Bachelor of Arts (Ordinary) degree with courses in the subject areas of English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Russian, Sociology and Zoology. Prior to 1965 students who successfully completed their course of study were awarded the Bachelor 's degree from the University of Toronto. For the 1963-64 academic year, the university offered the first Honours programme, and the first Bachelor of Science programme (honours), which was restricted to the field of Biology.
From the time the university opened its doors, it promoted a policy of broadly-based undergraduate studies, and to this end the first year student was expected to enroll in course in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. By 1962-63 both humanities and social sciences had faculty appointees, and in 1964-65 the three areas were developed as Divisions within the faculty. By 1966-67 the university offered programmes of study in the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Foreign Literature (German, Russian, Spanish), French Literature, Geography, History, Humanities, Linguistics and Languages Training Programme, Mathematics, Natural Science, Philosophy, Physical Education Programme, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology and an Urban Studies programme.
The Faculty was presided over by a Dean with an Associate Dean for Arts and an Associate Dean of Science. In addition, there was a Faculty Council as the senior deliberative body in the faculty.


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2019/06/11 J. Grant. Creation.




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