Humanities Admission Category

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. 

Things You Need to Know

Since you are admitted to the general Humanities admission category, during your first year you will not be enrolled in a specific program. This means that during your first year, you are able to explore a number of different areas of study. You apply to a program (e.g. major in international relations) at the end of your first year, and can combine programs outside of your own admission category, excluding programs in Rotman Commerce. 

It is important to note that in addition to the courses required for admission into the Humanities admission category listed above (English), some programs of study may require you to take additional specific high school subjects in order to take specific courses in first year, or for entry into that program in second year. 

Step 1: Search for your desired program of study (e.g. international relations) in the table below 

Step 2:  Find the high school subject prerequisites for your desired program of study listed under Subject(s) Required in Addition to English  

Step 3: These prerequisites subjects allow you to enroll in introductory first year courses needed for your program of study selection at the end of first year. You can find these courses listed under Program Area in the Academic Calendar 


Program List

With over 80 programs of study to choose from, Humanities offers a whole world of history, art and culture for you to discover. Start exploring our programs below.


Bio: Biology  

J:  This program of study falls within both the Humanities and Social Sciences admission categories. This means that on your application, you can apply to either the Humanities or the Social Sciences admission category 

Program Subject(s) Required in Addition to English
African Studies (J)  
American Studies (J)  
Art History  
Asian Canadian Studies  
Asian Literatures and Cultures (offered jointly with the National University of Singapore)  
Bioethics (Rec. Bio)
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 (Rec. Math)
Contemporary Asian Studies, Dr. David Chu Program in (J)  
Creative Expression and Society (J)  
Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity (J)  
Diaspora and Transnational Studies  
Digital Humanities  
Drama Personal Interview and Audition Required
East Asian Studies (J)  
Education and Society (J)  
Environmental Ethics (J)  
Estonian Studies  
Ethics, Society, and Law (J)  
European Studies (J)  
European Union Studies (J)  
Finnish Studies  
French Language  
French Language and French Linguistics  
French Language and Literature  
French Language Learning  
French Studies  
German Studies  
German Studies in English  
Health Studies (J)  
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology  
Hungarian Studies  
Indigenous Studies (J)  
International Relations (J) (Rec. Math)
Islamic Studies  
Italian Culture and Communication Studies  
Jewish Studies  
Latin American Studies (J)  
Literature and Critical Theory  
Literature and Critical Theory: Comparative Literature Stream  
Literature and Critical Theory: Cultural Theory Stream  
Material Culture (J)  
Medieval Studies  
Music Audition Required
Music History and Culture  
Music with Ensemble Option Audition Required
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations  
Practical French  
Renaissance Studies (J)  
Russian Literature in Translation  
Semiotics and Communication Studies (J)  
Sexual Diversity Studies (J)  
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Czech and Slovak  
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Polish  
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Russian  
Slavic Languages and Cultures: South Slavic  
Slavic Languages and Cultures: Ukranian  
Slavic Languages and Cultures (comparative program)  
South Asian Studies (J)  
Visual Studies Minor  
Women and Gender Studies (J)  
Writing and Rhetoric  
Yiddish Studies  


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Why study Humanities at Arts & Science? 

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Discover the World Beyond the Textbook  

You’ll have opportunities to fully immerse yourself in your studies, whether it’s travelling the world through the International/Indigenous Course Module Programor getting hands-on learning experience during a Summer Abroad. From exploring Italian culture in Tuscany to learning Shakespeare in England to participating in an archaeological dig in Georgia, the world is truly yours to discover as a Humanities student.

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World Class Teachers and Programs  

From the #1 ranked history department in Canada to one of the most established cinema studies programs in North America, you’ll have access to world-renowned programs. What’s more, you’ll be learning from the best and brightest in their fields, including three Nobel Laureates and two Nobel Peace Prize recipients.  

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Exciting Career Opportunities 

Humanities graduates go on to embark on all sorts of fulfilling careers. The arts, communications, education and law are just some of the fields a humanities education will prepare you to enter. Discover more using the Career Navigator