Joseph E. Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies - Keele Campus
With over 10,000 students, Atkinson has a long and proud tradition of providing university education to students of all ages, preparing them for rewarding careers, helping in career changes and enhancement, and providing intellectual challenge and excitement. At Atkinson we strive to accommodate the needs of our students with innovative and flexible learning opportunities and responsive student services.
As an Atkinson student, you are affiliated with a specific academic school/department based upon your major program of study. This affiliation enables you to be part of a dynamic community of educators and students, as well as to access a range of program-specific student services. You can find details about your school/department as well as a listing of all Atkinson general education and program requirements, academic regulations and courses in this Calendar as well as at the Atkinson Web site (www.atkinson.yorku.ca).
Atkinson takes a unique approach to university education. All the professional studies have a liberal arts component, and liberal arts students can easily complement their degree with professional studies courses and certificates. At the same time, providing flexible learning opportunities is central to Atkinson's mission. Atkinson offers a range of programs in the evening, daytime and on weekends, off-campus and through distributed learning courses (including Internet, mixed-mode and correspondence). Atkinson makes it possible for students to fit university studies into today's busy lifestyles.
Schools and Departments
Brief descriptions of the schools and departments are outlined below. Detailed school and departmental information is available on the Web at http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca.
School of Administrative Studies
The School of Administrative Studies is home to a full range of business and administrative disciplines taught by leading experts in a variety of fields. Our innovative programs provide the knowledge and skills that you want and employers demand.
Whether you are planning to pursue a career in business and management, or are already working and want to expand your knowledge of business concepts and practices, the bachelor of administrative studies programs (BAS, BAS Honours) or the bachelor of human resources management (BHRM, BHRM Honours) will prepare you to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.
School of Analytic Studies and Information Technology
The School of Analytic Studies and Information Technology (SASIT) encompasses degree programs in business economics, economics, general science, information technology, mathematics, philosophy, professional ethics, and science and technology studies, as well as general education offerings in natural science and modes of reasoning. The school's programs bridge liberal and professional studies within an interdisciplinary setting. Leading to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, SASIT programs offer rigorous intellectual training, and share an integrated critical and analytical approach to our contemporary social, institutional and physical landscape.
School of Arts and Letters
The School of Arts and Letters is dedicated to the study of literature, history, culture, religion and fine arts. School programs allow students to pursue their degrees in a traditional discipline, or follow an interdisciplinary course of study. It offers BA and BA Specialized Honours degrees in English and history. Religious studies offers BA, BA Specialized Honours and BA Combined Honours. Interdisciplinary degrees include the liberal studies degree in creative arts and cultural expression, BA and BA General Honours (Type A and B), and in humanities, the BA, BA General Honours and BA Combined Honours. Students currently registered (prior to Summer 2003) in an Atkinson fine arts degree may complete their degree requirements at Atkinson or may also consider the Atkinson BA liberal studies degree interdisciplinary theme in creative arts and cultural expression. Students may consult the school for further information.
School of Health Policy and Management
The School of Health Policy and Management is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to scholarship, research and learning relating to human wellness, the health care system and the institutional structures that deliver and influence health services in Canada and internationally.
School of Nursing
Atkinson's School of Nursing focuses on the development of the theoretical, scientific and philosophical knowledge of human caring. The role of nurses in promoting and preserving health and healing through caring relationships is emphasized within the context of both theory and self-reflective practice. As a graduate of one of our programs, you will be well prepared to practice collaboratively in a variety of settings to enhance individual, family, community and global health.
Department of Psychology
Atkinson's Program in Psychology benefits from its integration with the Faculty of Arts' Department of Psychology to form one of the largest and strongest in North America. As an Atkinson psychology student, you will have access to the department's rich and exciting course offerings. Faculty members with whom you will interact and study include many nationally and internationally renowned researchers, teachers, and clinical practitioners.
The Psychology Program features a broadly-based curriculum through which you will gain exposure to the full range of subjects and specialized fields within the discipline. Some of the topics you will explore in introductory courses include motivation, emotion, learning, sensory processes, perception, memory, cognition, development, social behaviour, intelligence, personality, and abnormal behaviour. Upper-level courses enable you to study specific areas in greater depth, reviewing theories, methods and empirical evidence in the scientific study of human behaviours.
School of Social Sciences
The School of Social Sciences houses faculty members for four disciplines: geography and urban studies, political science, social science, and sociology. It offers BA and BA Specialized Honours degrees in either political science or sociology, as well as a BA Combined Honours degree in political science and sociology. It also offers an Interdisciplinary BA degree in social science, which includes courses in the disciplines of geography and urban studies, political science, social science and sociology.
In addition, the School of Social Sciences houses a Combined Honours BA in public administration and management (shared with the School of Administrative Studies), and houses liberal studies themes in communication studies, public service studies, and social and political thought.
The School of Social Sciences offers concentrations in diaspora cultures; gender and families; political economy; public administration and public policy; and social justice studies, in combination with degrees. Also available are certificates in anti-racist research and practice; public sector management; and refugee and migration studies Individual concentrations may be taken in combination with a specified major degree program. Certificates may be taken in combination with a degree or separately.
The Faculty of Education offers a General Certificate in Educational Studies (GCES) in conjunction with the School of Social Sciences (please contact the Faculty of Education for information).
School of Social Work
The School of Social Work at Atkinson is committed to providing you with a professional social work education, characterized by the development of practice strategies that promote human rights and social justice. Recognized as one of the most progressive and socially responsive social work programs in Canada, the school's unique curriculum addresses issues that have significant implications for the lives of marginalized and alienated segments of society. As a graduate, you will be well prepared for a career as a critical practitioner and effective agent of change in the lives of individuals and communities.
Atkinson's Computer Science Program
If your goal is to pursue an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career in a computer science field, Atkinson's bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of science (BSc) degree programs will help you get there. Offered through the Department of Computer Science in affiliation with the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, our Computer Science programs are designed to provide you with both the theoretical grounding and practical knowledge that will make you a sought after professional.
The Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC) accredits all Computer Science Honours degree programs offered in the Faculties of Atkinson, Arts, and Pure and Applied Science (with the exception of the BA and BSc Honours minor offered in the Faculties of Arts and Pure and Applied Science).
You will study with top ranked professors and students, enjoy the flexibility of day and evening classes, and utilize state-of-the-art computer laboratories and facilities. You may even become involved in one of many exciting research projects in the areas of vision, graphics and robotics, theory of computing, or computer systems.
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