Skip to main content

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – General Certificate in Law and Society


Department of Social Science

Students who take a general education course must choose whether to count it towards their general education requirement or their certificate requirement. It cannot be counted towards both. For purposes of meeting certificate requirements, all nine-credit general education (foundation) courses will count as six credits; the remaining 3 credits count as degree credits.

York University students may earn a General Certificate in Law and Society concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. This certificate is not, however, open to students who are pursuing or who already hold a degree in law and society.

Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.

To qualify for the General Certificate in Law and Society, students must complete 24 credits from a list of approved law and society courses and the cumulative grade point average in these 24 credits must be 5.00 (C+) or higher.

Course requirements for the general certificate are as follows:

  • AP/SOSC 2350 6.00 (pre-requisite AP/SOSC 1375 3.00 as of September 2009). Please note that the course AP/SOSC 1375 3.00 will not be counted as part of your 24 credits.
  • 18 additional credits from either the core or extended list of approved Law & Society courses, including a minimum of six credits at the 4000 level.

A maximum of 12 credits may be offered by the Department of Political Science. Courses taken may not be used to fulfill both the public policy and administration degree and the General Certificate in Law and Society. For a current list of approved courses, refer to the law and society section. Further information about the General Certificate in Law and Society is available from the coordinator of the Law and Society program.

Rules and regulations in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Other programs offered in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies