Social Sciences Admission Category

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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.

Social Sciences Programs

Why Study Social Sciences

Social Sciences Careers


Applying to the Social Sciences

OUAC Admission Code: TAX (Social Sciences)

Supplementary Application Form Required: No

Admission Category Prerequisites: English

Approximate Admission Range: Mid to high 80s

Admission Requirements by Curriculum:

It is important to note that in addition to the courses required for admission into the Social Sciences 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.

For example, if you are interested in economics, you will not only need English (which is required for admission into Social Sciences), but you will also need grade 12 mathematics/calculus or equivalent to be able to enrol in this program.

Since you are admitted to the general Social Sciences 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 economics) 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. economics) in the table in the "Social Sciences (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 prerequisites 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

Program List

The Social Sciences admission category includes over 40 programs of study, from criminology to human geography to Indigenous studies to sexual diversity and so much more. You'll have no shortage of fascinating topics to choose from when it's time to select your program of study.


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.

Why Study Social Sciences at Arts & Science?

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Study Abroad

You'll have the opportunity to travel to destinations in Europe, South America and the United States with your professor and fellow students through the International/Indigenous Course Module Program, giving you a deeper understanding of your studies.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Gain practical experience through a work-study placement, internship or research opportunity that will enrich your studies and build your resume. Social Sciences student Janessa, for example, did an internship at the U.S. Consulate General Toronto, while anthropology students can gain hands-on experience working with artifacts in our anthropology labs


Social Sciences 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 a degree from a world-renowned university, you will have a competitive advantage when applying for jobs in fields such as:

  • Community and social services
  • Education
  • Government
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Media and communications
  • Non-profit sector
  • Public policy
  • Research
  • Urban planning

Use Career Navigator to explore more careers in the social sciences and check out some Arts & Science alumni success stories below. 

I cannot emphasize how essential the study of humanities and social sciences were for my personal development. And in turn how they contributed to my professional and academic accomplishments. — Mark Strychar-Bodnar