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 (listed under each admission category below) 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. 

High School Subjects Required in Addition to English:
C: Calculus and Vectors

Program

High School Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

Computer Science C
Data Science C

High School Subjects Required in Addition to English:
Rec.: Recommended; J: Jointly listed under both Humanities and Social Science
Bio: Biology

Program

High School 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)  
Diaspora and Transnational Studies  
Digital Humanities  
Drama Personal Interview and Audition Required
East Asian Studies (J)  
Education and Society (J)  
English  
Environmental Ethics (J)  
Equity Studies (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  
Greek  
Health Studies (J)  
History  
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology  
Hungarian Studies  
Indigenous Studies (J)  
International Relations (J) (Rec. Math)
Islamic Studies  
Italian  
Italian Culture and Communication Studies  
Jewish Studies  
Latin  
Latin American Studies (J)  
Linguistics  
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  
Philosophy  
Portuguese  
Practical French  
Religion  
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)  
Spanish  
Visual Studies Minor  
Women and Gender Studies (J)  
Writing and Rhetoric  
Yiddish Studies  

High School Subjects Required in Addition to English:
Rec.: Recommended; Req'd: Required
C: Calculus and Vectors; Bio: Biology; Ch: Chemistry; Ph: Physics 

Program

High School Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

Animal Physiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Anthropology: Evolutionary C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Biochemistry C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology C, Bio
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology C, Bio, Ch
Biological Chemistry C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Biological Physics C, Bio, Ch, Ph
Biology C, Bio, Ch (Ch not Req’d for minor)
Biology (offered jointly with the National University of Singapore) C, Bio
Biomedical Toxicology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Cell and Molecular Biology C, Bio, Ch, Ph (Ph rec not Req’d for major)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology C, Bio, Ch
Environment and Behaviour C (Rec. Bio)
Environment and Energy C, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environment and Health C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environment and Toxicology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environmental Biology C, Bio, Ch (Ch not Req’d for minor)
Environmental Chemistry C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environmental Geosciences C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Environmental Science C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Forest Conservation Science C, Bio (Rec. Ch)
Genome Biology C, Bio, Ch
Human Biology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Fundamental Genetics and its Applications C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Global Health C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Health and Disease C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Human Biology: Neuroscience C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Immunology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Nutritional Sciences C, Bio, Ch
Pathobiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Pharmaceutical Chemistry C, Bio, Ch, Ph
Pharmacology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Physical and Environmental Geography C (Rec. Ch, Bio, Ph)
Physiology C, Bio, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Psychology C, Bio (Rec. Ch, Ph)
Psychology Research C, Bio (Rec. Ch or Ph)
High School Subjects Required in Addition to English:
Rec.: Recommended; Req'd: Required
C: Calculus and Vectors; Bio: Biology; Ch: Chemistry; Ph: Physics 

Program

High School Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

Actuarial Science C
Applied Mathematics C (Rec. Ph)
Astronomy and Astrophysics C (Rec. Ph)
Astronomy and Physics C, Ph
Chemical Physics C, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Chemistry C, Ch (Rec. Ph)
Cognitive Science C
Earth and Environmental Systems C, Ch (Rec. Ph, Bio)
Economics and Mathematics C
Financial Economics C
Geology C, Ch (Rec. Ph, Bio)
Geophysics C, Ch, Ph
Geoscience C, Ch (Rec. Ph, Bio)
Materials Science C, Bio, Ch, Ph
Mathematical Applications in Economics and Finance C
Mathematics C
Mathematics and Its Applications: Physical Science C, Ph
Mathematics and Its Applications: Probability/Statistics C
Mathematics and Its Applications: Teaching C
Mathematics and Philosophy C
Mathematics and Physics C, Ph
Nanoscience (offered jointly with the National University of Singapore) C, Ch, Ph
Physics C, Ph
Physics and Philosophy C, Ph
Planetary Science C, Ch, Ph
Statistics C
Statistical Science: Theory and Methods C
Statistical Science: Methods and Practices C
Synthetic and Catalytic Chemistry C, Ch (Rec. Ph)
High School Subjects Required in Addition to English:
Rec.: Recommended; Req'd: Required
C: Calculus and Vectors; Bio: Biology; Ch: Chemistry; Ph: Physics 

Program

High School Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

Accounting C
Finance and Economics C
Management C
High School Subjects Required in Addition to English:
Rec.: Recommended; Req'd: Required; J: Jointly listed under both Humanities and Social Science
C: Calculus and Vectors; Bio: Biology; Ch: Chemistry; Ph: Physics 

Program

High School Subject(s) Required in Addition to English

African Studies (J)  
American Studies (J)  
Anthropology: General  
Anthropology: Society, Culture and Language  
Archaeology  
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)  
Sociology  
South Asian Studies (J)  
Urban Studies  
Women and Gender Studies (J)  

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