Work and Organizations Major: Humanities Contexts (Arts Program) - ASMAJ1532

The Work and Organizations program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the changing nature of work as well as the operation of different types of organizations. Work and Organizations will provide the skills necessary to undertake the development and implementation of solutions to contemporary societal challenges through coordination of economic and social action in organizations and communities. Students will be able to navigate an evolving labour market upon graduation.

The Major in Work and Organizations has three streams: Humanities Contexts, Social Sciences Contexts, and Sciences Contexts. It is generally intended that students will enrol in the stream that corresponds to the sector of their other program(s) – e.g., a student enrolled, or planning to enrol, in a Political Science program would apply to the Social Sciences Contexts stream of the Work and Organizations Major.

Students may only complete one stream in the Work and Organizations Major, and students enrolled in the Work and Organizations Major cannot be simultaneously enrolled in the Industrial Relations and Human Resources Major or Specialist.

This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.

Variable Minimum Grade
A minimum grade is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. One of the following courses (0.5 credit) must be completed:

To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, students with a final grade in the completed course lower than 67% will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum grade does not guarantee admission to the program. If more than one course (0.5 credit) has been completed from this list, the minimum grade will be based on the higher course grade. Please note that some of the courses listed are 1.0 credit courses; if one of these courses is completed for enrolment in the program, only 0.5 credit will count toward the completion requirements of the Work and Organizations Major.

If students have not taken a course from this list, they can request approval from the unit to consider other relevant courses for admission.


  • Due to the limited enrolment nature of this program students are strongly advised to apply to backup programs.

(8.0 credits)

Courses with a CR/NCR status may not be used to satisfy program requirements.

First Year:

  1. 0.5 credit from the following set of 100-level courses: ENG100H1/​ GER100Y1/​ GER101H1/​ GER150H1/​ HIS109Y1/​ HPS100H1/​ HPS110H1/​ HPS120H1/​ PHL100Y1/​ PHL101Y1/​ RLG100Y1/​ RLG102H1/​ RLG103H1

Note: Some of the above course options are 1.0 credit courses, but only 0.5 credit can be counted toward the completion of this major.

Higher Years:

  1. IRW240H1, IRE260H1, PHL295H1, IRW300H1, IRE379H1, IRW410H1, IRW420H1
  2. 0.5 credit from: IRW220H1/​ ECO220Y1/​ EEB225H1/​ GGR270H1/​ POL222H1/​ PSY201H1/​ SOC202H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA238H1/​ STA248H1/​ STA288H1
  3. 0.5 credit from: IRW230H1/​ ECO101H1/​ ECO102H1/​ ECO105Y1
  4. 0.5 credit from: IRE342H1/​ MGT201H1
  5. 1.0 credit from: IRW432Y1/​ IRW446Y1/​ IRW452Y1
  6. 1.5 credits of electives chosen from the following courses below, of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the 300- or 400-level:

    PHL394H1/​ PHL395H1/​ PHL446H1/​ HIS302H1/​ HIS310H1/​ HIS347H1/​ HIS373H1/​ HIS396H1/​ ENG213H1/​ ENG215H1/​ ENG254H1/​ ENG270H1/​ ENG287H1/​ ENG355Y1/​ ENG357H1/​ ENG370Y1/​ ENG371H1/​ ENG372H1/​ DTS417H1/​ DTS414H1/​ RLG230H1/​ RLG236H1/​ JAR301H1/​ RLG307H1/​ RLG308H1/​ RLG309H1/​ RLG318H1/​ RLG337H1/​ RLG353H1/​ RLG385H1/​ RLG387H1/​ RLG426H1/​ RLG428H1/​ GER270H1/​ GER272H1/​ GER290H1/​ GER310H1/​ GER370H1/​ GER372H1/​ HPS200H1/​ HPS202H1/​ HPS245H1/​ HPS316H1/​ HPS321H1/​ HPS351H1/​ JHE353H1/​ HPS430H1/​ HPS431H1

Note: Non-"IRE" and non-"IRW" courses are offered by other departments. These courses may be available only to students who have completed specified prerequisites or who are enrolled in a program sponsored by the department offering the course. Check the Faculty of Arts & Science's timetable for details to ensure you are able to complete the required electives in the Work & Organizations program.