Humanities Admission Category

You've shown an interest in pursuing a program of study in the Humanities Admission Category in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Learn more about this area of study, and the many other programs in this admission category below.

Things You Need to Know

OUAC Admission Code: TAH (Humanities)
Approximate Admission Range: Low to mid 80s

Admission Required High School Courses Recommended Minimum Range for High School Courses Recommended Minimum Range for Required High School Courses
Ontario High School & Other Canadian Provinces Admission Requirements


English Low to mid 80s English – low to mid 80s

US High School Admission Requirements

English Low to mid 80s English – low to mid 80s

International Baccalaureate (IB) Admission Requirements

English HL or SL Low to mid 30s English HL or SL - 5 to 7
Math HL or SL – 5 to 7

British Patterned Admission Requirements

English GCSE

“A”s and "B"s or 9s to 6s at GCSE level

Predicted “A”s and "B"s at A level

English: "A" or "B"  or 9 to 6 at GCSE

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Admission Requirements

English “I”s and “II”s English CSEC or CAPE: A, I or II

Other International School Admission Requirements

English N/A  N/A

Reference letters, personal statements, or supplemental applications are not required for admission into the Humanities admission category.

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) under Program Area in the Academic Calendar

Step 2: Find the prerequisite courses you will need to take in your first year

Step 3: Find the program admission averages

Note: You can often locate the prerequisite courses and program admission averages under the following sections:

  • enrolment requirements in the program accordions
  • high school pre-requisites and first-year requirements
  • program requirements

Humanities (H.B.A.) Program List

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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