Humanities Programs

Students in the humanities study all aspects of human culture, including language, literature, history, philosophy, fine art, architecture, cinema, classics, culture, religion, drama and music.  From ancient Egypt to post-colonial literature, from languages to the civilizations of Asia, a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities provide students with the knowledge, intellectual skills and habits of thought indispensable to a modern education.

The following is a list of programs of study students can apply to at the end of their first year.  Courses demarcated with a (J) mean they are jointly listed under both Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more details in each of these programs visit our calendar.

  • African Studies (J)
  • American Studies (J)
  • Asian Canadian Studies
  • Asian Literatures and Cultures  (offered through National University of Singapore)
  • Bioethics
  • Book and Media Studies
  • Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Business German
  • Canadian Studies (J)
  • Caribbean Studies (J)
  • Celtic Studies
  • Christianity and Culture
  • Christianity and Education
  • Cinema Studies
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classics (Greek and Latin)
  • Cognitive Science
  • Contemporary Asian Studies
  • Creative Expression and Society (J)
  • Czech and Slovak Studies
  • Diaspora and Transnational Studies
  • Drama
  • East Asian Studies (J)
  • Education and Society (J)
  • English
  • Environmental Ethics (J)
  • Equity Studies (J)
  • Estonian Studies
  • Ethics, Society, and Law (J)
  • European Studies (J)
  • European Union Studies (J)
  • Finnish Studies
  • French as a Second Language
  • French Language and French Linguistics
  • French Language and Literature
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • German Studies in English
  • Greek
  • Health Studies (J)
  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History of Art
  • Hungarian Studies
  • Indigenous Studies (J)
  • International Relations (J)
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian
  • Italian Culture and Communication Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Languages
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies (J)
  • Linguistics
  • Literature and Critical Theory
  • Literature and Critical Theory (Comparative Literature Stream)
  • Literature and Critical Theory(Cultural Theory Stream)
  • Material Culture (J)
  • Mediaeval Studies
  • Music
  • Music History and Culture
  • Music with Ensemble Option
  • Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Philosophy
  • Polish Language and Literature
  • Polish Studies
  • Portuguese
  • Religion
  • Religion: Christian Origins
  • Renaissance Studies (J)
  • Russian Language
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Literature in Translation
  • Semiotics and Communication Studies (J)
  • Sexual Diversity Studies (J)
  • South Asian Studies (J)
  • South Slavic Studies
  • Spanish
  • Ukranian Language and Literature
  • Visual Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies (J)
  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • Yiddish


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year