Humanities Admission Category

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

Humanities Programs

Why Study Humanities

Humanities Careers


Applying to the Humanities

OUAC Admission Code: TAH (Humanities)

Supplementary Application Form Required: No

Admission Prerequisites: English

Approximate Admission Range: Low to mid 80s

Admission Requirements by Curriculum:

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.

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.

To prepare for admission into your program of study at the end of first year: 

Step 1: Search for your desired program of study (e.g., international relations) in the table in the "Humanities (H.B.A.)" section 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 prerequisite subjects allow you to enrol 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

Humanities Programs

With more than 70 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.


J: This program of study is jointly listed under 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  
Bioethics Biology (recommended)
Book and Media Studies  
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 Calculus (recommended)
Contemporary Asian Studies, Dr. David Chu Program in (J)  
Creativity and Society (J)  
Creative Writing  
Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity (J)  
Diaspora and Transnational Studies  
Digital Humanities  
East Asian Studies (J)  
Education and Society (J)  
Environmental Ethics (J)  
Ethics, Society, and Law (J)  
European Affairs (J)  
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  
Indigenous Studies (J)  
International Relations (J) Calculus (recommended)
Islamic Studies  
Italian Culture and Communication Studies  
Jewish Studies  
Latin American Studies (J)  
Literature and Critical Theory  
Material Culture and Semiotics (J)  
Mediaeval Studies  
Music History and Culture  
Music with Ensemble Option  
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations  
Renaissance Studies (J)  
Russian Literature in Translation  
Sexual Diversity Studies (J)  
Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures  
Slavic and East European Literature in Translation  
South Asian Studies (J)  
Visual Studies Minor  
Women and Gender Studies (J)  
Writing and Rhetoric  
Yiddish Studies  

Why Study Humanities at Arts & Science?

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Discover the World Beyond the Textbook

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. You'll have opportunities to fully immerse yourself in your studies, whether it's learning a new language, travelling the world or completing an internship. Learn more about study abroad, internship and research opportunities for Arts & Science students. 

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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 and instructors.


Humanities Careers

#1 in Canada for graduate employability — recruiters from top companies have consistently ranked U of T as #1 in Canada and among the best in the world at preparing its students for the workplace. With an arts degree from a world-renowned university, you will have a competitive advantage when applying for jobs in fields such as:

  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government and public policy
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media and communications
  • Project management
  • Publishing
  • Sales
  • The arts
  • Travel and tourism

Use Career Navigator to explore more careers in the humanities.

Graduates from Arts & Science humanities programs include renowned authors Margaret Atwood and Malcolm Gladwell and award-winning film director David Cronenberg. Read some of our alumni success stories below.

When you're at U of T, you have the best professors in the country and I just felt I could do so much. My first book was published when I was an undergrad there. — Souvankham Thammavongsa, BA 2003