Non-science courses in the General Education component are intended to enhance critical skills in reading, writing and thinking while broadening perspectives on scholarship and the diversity of human experience. Courses that mainly entail learning a skill or that are technical, analytic, or mathematically-oriented are not appropriate. The areas of study and lists of courses here include courses that are expected to fulfill the intentions of the general education component.
If you are a first-year student you should, if possible, select a 1000-level course for your first non-science course. In your second year you should generally select a 2000-level non-science course. Many 3000-level courses are also eligible for non-science credit but you must have the required prerequisites and be confident of your ability to handle course work in that subject area at the third-year level; i.e. at the same level as third-year majors in that subject area. Please also check the “Restrictions” listed below to verify your choice of course.
NON-SCIENCE COURSE AREAS
Subject to the restrictions listed below, courses in the following areas may be taken in the Faculties of Glendon or Liberal Arts and Professional Studies:
- Classical Studies*
- French Studies*
- Gender and Women’s Studies***
- Humanities (courses not cross-listed with with science and technology studies (STS)
- Languages, Literature and Linguistics*
- Modes of Reasoning
- Political Science
- Social Science (courses not cross-listed with with science and technology studies (STS)
In addition, the following courses offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies may be taken to satisfy this requirement:
- Introduction to Arab Culture AP/ARB 2700 6.00
- Introduction to Chinese Literature AP/CH 2200 6.00;
- Canadian Writers in Person AP/CLTR 1953 6.00
- Introduction to Microeconomics AP/ECON 1000 3.00
- Introduction to Macroeconomics AP/ECON 1010 3.00
- Microeconomics for Business & Life AP/ECON 1900 3.00
English as a Second Language
- Canadian Language and Culture AP/ESL 1000 9.00,
- Advancing Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts AP/ESL 1010 3.00
- Thinking about Contemporary Canada AP/ESL 1450 6.00
- Approaches to French Literature: An Introduction AP/FR 2200 6.0
- The World Today: An Introduction to World Geography AP/GEOG 1000 6.00
- Human Geography AP/GEOG 1410 6.00
- Historical Geography AP/GEOG 2060 3.00
- South Asian Literature and Culture AP/HND 2700 6.00
- Aspects of Italian Culture AP/IT 2751 9.00
- Contemporary Japanese Culture and Society AP/JP 2700 6.00
- Introduction to Linguistics AP/LING 1000 6.00
- Language in Its Social Context AP/LING 2400 6.00
- Language and Gender AP/LING 2410 3.00
- Language, Power and Persuasion AP/LING 2430 3.00
- Language and the Law AP/LING 2450 3.00
Modes of Reasoning
- Modes of Reasoning: Reasoning About Social Issues AP/MODR 1730 6.00
- Modes of Reasoning: Reasoning About Morality and Values AP/MODR 1760 6.00
- Modes of Reasoning: Techniques of Persuasion AP/MODR 1770 6.00
The following courses offered by the Faculty of Environmental Studies may be taken to satisfy this requirement:
- Earth in Our Hands: Introduction to Environmental Studies ES/ENVS 1000 6.00
- Foundations in Environment and Culture: Philosophy, Arts, Technology, and Education ES/ENVS 2100 6.00
- Environment, Technology and Sustainable Society I ES/ENVS 2150 3.00.
The following courses offered by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design may be taken to satisfy this requirement:
- Dance Studies: An Introduction FA/DANC 1340 3.00
- Dance History: 20th Century and Later FA/DANC 2340 3.00
Fine Arts Cultural Studies
- Arts and Ideas FA/FACS 1900 6.00
- Introduction to Film (for Non-Majors) FA/FILM 1401 6.00
- Hollywood: Old and New FA/FILM 1701 3.00
- Film, Television and Society FA/FILM 2401 6.00
- The Music of Bollywood Films FA/MUSI 1500 6.00
- The Musical Experience FA/MUSI 1510 3.00
- Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Funk and Rap FA/MUSI 1520 6.00
- Rock and Popular Music FA/MUSI 1530 6.00
- Popular Music of the World FA/MUSI 1540 6.00
- Latin and Caribbean Popular Music FA/MUSI 1550 6.00
- Contemporary Black Urban Music FA/MUSI 2520 6.00
- Aspects of Theatre FA/THEA 1500 6.00
- Introduction to the Study of Western Architecture FA/VISA 2110 6.00
- Modern Art: 1750 to the Present FA/VISA 2620 6.00.
Restrictions (for BSc, Honours BSc, iBSc Candidates)
- Courses which are cross-listed as SC courses or which are eligible for SC credit cannot count towards this requirement.
- *Courses whose major focus is increased facility in the use of a language cannot count towards this requirement.
- Quantitative courses focusing on techniques of mathematics or statistics cannot count towards this requirement.
- **Geography courses cannot be used to satisfy the requirement for students majoring in geography.
- ***Excluding gender and women’s studies courses which are cross-listed with natural science courses.
- Humanities and social science courses cross-listed with science and technology studies (STS) courses cannot count towards this requirement.
- Courses taken in fulfilment of this requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis (refer to Pass/Fail Grading Option in the Faculty of Science Regulations Governing Examinations and Academic Standards section).
- Students may not take for credit any more than three humanities/social science foundations courses (27 credits).
- Non-science courses are normally taken at the 1000 or 2000 level, but higher-level courses are acceptable, subject only to prerequisites and course access specifications for enrolment.
- Permission may be granted by the Office of Science Academic Services, on an individual basis, for a student to take a course outside the areas and Faculties listed above in fulfilment of the requirement subject to the course fulfilling the Faculty of Science breadth and critical skills requirements, the student having the appropriate prerequisites and the course access specifications permitting enrolment. A student who is in doubt regarding whether or not any specific course will fulfill the requirement should consult the Office of Science Academic Services.