Programs of Study

What you need to know about Arts & Science Programs of Study


1. You are admitted into an Arts & Science admission category

On your Arts & Science application you will select an admission category. It is important to do your research ahead of time so you know the high school subjects you will need to take (found on each admission category webpage) in order to enrol in specific courses in your first year of study, or for entry into your program(s) of study in your second year. 

Something to keep in mind: some programs of study that you can enrol in at the end of your first year fall within both the Humanities and Social Sciences admission categories ― any program of study with a (J) listed next to it on the corresponding Humanities and Social Sciences admission category webpages. This means that on your application, you can apply to either the Humanities or the Social Sciences admission category. 


2. You apply to your program of study at the end of your first year

You will apply to your program, or programs, of study at the end of first year, which means you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of interests in your first year before you begin your program(s) of study in second year. 
Check the Arts & Science Academic Calendar to ensure you are enrolling in the necessary first-year prerequisite courses for your intended program(s) of study. Some programs of study have limited enrolment.


3. You can combine programs of study from one or more admission categories

Students can be very creative with their program combinations to build a uniquely personalized degree. To complete your degree in Arts & Science, you will complete 20 credits in a variety of subjects. Students typically complete five credits per year.


4. The degree you graduate with can take many forms

In Arts & Science, programs of study are offered as one or several of the following types:

Specialist: This program type is the greatest concentration on one subject area. More than half of the credits taken (10+) will be in this academic area.

Major: A major consists of around one third (6-8) of the total credits.

Minor: This is the smallest program type at just 4 credits.

Programs of study can be combined provided that students meet the program requirements. In order to graduate, students must present a minimum of one of the following combinations of programs:

  • One specialist
  • Two majors
  • One major and two minors