Social Sciences Admission Category

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. 

Things You Need to Know

OUAC Admission Code: TAX (Social Sciences)

Supplementary Application Form Required: No 

Admission Category Prerequisites: English 

Approximate Admission Range: Low to mid 80s

Admission Requirements by Curriculum:

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. 

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. 

Step 1: Search for your desired program of study (e.g. economics) 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

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 options to choose from when it’s time to select your program of study. 


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Why Study Social Sciences at Arts & Science?

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Study Abroad 

You’ll have the opportunity to travel to destinations in Europe, Central 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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Work-Study Opportunities 

Gain practical experience through a work-study placement 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, where she conducted research and prepared briefing documents for the U.S. Ambassador to Canada on diverse policy issues.  

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Diverse Career Options

From government and public policy, to non-profit and NGO initiatives, urban planning, social services, project management and more, Social Sciences can help you embark on a fulfilling career path. Alexander Levy, founder of assistive technology company MyVoice, is just one example of a Social Sciences student who went on to do amazing things. Learn more with Career Navigator