Social Sciences Admission Category

You’ve selected an area of study that falls within the Social Sciences Admission Category. Click below for a full list of programs in Social Sciences. 

Legend: Bio: Biology; C: Calculus and Vectors


Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

African Studies (J)  
American Studies (J)  
Anthropology: General  
Anthropology: Society, Culture and Language  
Asian Geographies (offered jointly with the National University of Singapore)  
Canadian Studies (J)  
Caribbean Studies (J)  
Contemporary Asian Studies (J)  
Creative Expression and Society (J)  
Criminology and Sociolegal Studies  
East Asian Studies (J)  
Economics C
Education and Society (J)  
Environmental Anthropology  
Environmental Economics C
Environmental Ethics (J)  
Environmental Geography  
Environmental Studies  
Equity Studies (J)  
Ethics, Society, and Law (J)  
European Studies (J)  
European Union Studies (J)  
Forest Conservation Bio
Geographic Information Systems  
Health Studies (J)  
Human Geography  
Indigenous Studies (J)  
Industrial Relations and Human Resources (Rec. Math)
International Relations (J) (Rec. Math)
Latin American Studies (J)  
Material Culture (J)  
Peace, Conflict and Justice  
Political Science  
Public Policy C
Renaissance Studies (J)  
Science and Society  
Semiotics and Communication Studies (J)  
Sexual Diversity Studies (J)  
South Asian Studies (J)  
Urban Studies  
Women and Gender Studies (J)  

OUAC Admission Code: TAX (Social Sciences)
Approximate Admission Range: Low to mid 80s

What do I need for admission into the Social Sciences admission category?


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 S 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 Social Sciences.

How can I go from the Social Sciences admission category into the program of study I’m interested in?

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 program selection (e.g. major in public policy) is made at the end of your first year. During your first year, you will be able to explore a number of different areas of study before selecting your program. You can also 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 public policy, 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. 

How to prepare yourself for admission into your program of study at the end of first year

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