Programs of Study

You are not in a program of study until your second year, which means you have the flexibility to explore a variety of interests in your first year. Do your research ahead of time, so you know the requirements for the programs you are interested in applying to at the end of first year. 

Some programs have limited enrolment — keep your options open by taking a variety of foundational courses. See the list of programs available to you, and find course lists, descriptions and prerequisites in the Arts & Science Academic Calendar.



Admission Categories

Students applying to the Faculty of Arts & Science must choose one of six broad admission categories based on their intended program of study. This choice is made during the application process.

Selecting an admission category does not mean that you are limited to only the programs of study associated with your admission category.

  • Computer Science
    Students in Computer Science will learn how to design software, develop computer applications such as databases and graphics and investigate mathematical problems. They will train to meet an increasing demand for graduates with scientific knowledge and creative skills to excel in the industry. A computer science degree will introduce students to tomorrow's technological world. 

  • Rotman Commerce
    Rotman Commerce students will benefit from an innovative and integrative curriculum that presents a global perspective for an enriched professional undergraduate experience. Students will take career-oriented courses in management and applied economics as well as a wide selection of courses in the arts and sciences. This balance assures graduates of a solid understanding of business and modern society, along with critical and analytical skills for effective decision-making and organizational leadership.

  • Humanities
    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, the wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities provides students with the knowledge, intellectual skills and habits of thought indispensable to a modern education.

  • Life Sciences
    Life Sciences students will learn to apply methods of scientific inquiry to studying the laws and processes of living matter. The study of life sciences helps students to understand and analyze the behaviours of the human body and those of other organisms. It prepares students for ethical, social and political questions arising from our increasing ability to protect the delicate and complex ecological balance that sustains the world.

  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
    Students in Physical and Mathematical Sciences investigate the natural laws and processes of non-living matter. From the high-tech world of quantum optics and biophysics to the intricate problems of black holes and chaotic dynamics, our programs will introduce you to the research and issues that impact the world around us.

  • Social Sciences
    Social Sciences students will explore issues that involve the inter-relationship between the individual, society and the environment. For example, they will look at how revolutions start and explore the relationship between an environment and its economy. 

Flexible Options

Choice and flexibility are hallmarks of an education in the Faculty of Arts & Science. You’ll have the opportunity to combine programs in widely different areas. Interested in both English and biochemistry? How about physics and philosophy? Or mathematics and drama? In Arts & Science, you have the freedom to mix and match your programs.

Program Levels

To obtain your degree, you will complete 20 credits in a variety of subjects. Courses are offered as either a half credit or full credit. Students typically complete 5 credits per year. 

Each program is offered as one or several of the following types:

  • Specialist
    This program type offers the greatest concentration on one subject area. More than half of credits taken (10-14) will be in this academic area.

  • Major
    A major consists of around one third (6-8) of total credits.

  • Minor
    This is the smallest program type at just 4 credits.

Program Combinations

In order to graduate, students must present a minimum of one of the following combinations of programs:

  • One specialist

  • Two majors

  • One major and two minors

These are minimums only. You can be creative with program combinations to create a uniquely personal degree.