Programs of Study

Students enrol in a program of study at the end of first year. This means that in your first year of study you will take courses that are required for the program(s) that you want to study in second year. See the list of programs available to you. If you don't know what you want to study you will have lots of time to figure it out. You will take a mix of courses in first year that will prepare you for a variety of programs.

The Academic Calendar lists all courses, including course codes, descriptions and prerequisties. Although you won't be applying to you program of study until the end of your first year, the Academic Calendar also contains a full list of programs with descriptions and completion requirements,  



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. Selection of admission category occurs during the application process.

Selecting an admission category does not mean that you are limited to apply 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 leave 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. The 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, 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.

  • Life Sciences
    Life Sciences students will learn to apply methods of scientific inquiry to study the laws and processes of living matter. The study of life sciences helps students to understand and analyze the behaviour 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 the environment and the 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? Our flexibility gives you the freedom to mix and match your programs.

Program Levels

To complete 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 is the greatest concentration on one subject area. More than half of the credits taken (10-14) will be in this academic area.

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