Humanities and Complementary Studies Courses

Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Courses

It has been said that the purpose of a liberal education is to liberate the individual from the parochialism of direct personal experience. It is the desire of both the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board that you take humanities/social science elective courses directed towards this goal. In particular, you should choose courses that explore the central issues, thought processes and scholarly methods found in these disciplines.

This University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science teaches a large selection of courses covering all the humanities and social science disciplines, and we encourage you to explore and develop your interests by choosing, where possible, courses that appeal to you. Consequently our policy is to exclude courses that we consider do not meet the spirit of the above goals, rather than to list allowable courses.

For the most current and complete list of pre-approved HSS courses: please visit the HSS section on the Registrar’s website.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that you are taking a current acceptable Humanities/Social Science elective. This list may change from year to year; so approved courses in the past may not necessarily be currently approved courses. You must receive approval from the Undergraduate Office before enrolling in any course not on the currently approved elective list.

If you would like to take a course that is not on the approved HSS list, you can submit your request through the Registrar’s website.  Note:  The request does not guarantee that a proposed course will be added to the list.

Complementary Studies (CS) Courses

Any approved Humanities/Social Sciences course (see above) may be used to serve as a CS elective. In addition, students may take Faculty of Arts and Science courses in order to fulfill their Complementary Studies requirements. Please consult the Undergraduate Office (askece@utoronto.ca) before enrolling in courses for final approval.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that you are taking a current acceptable Humanities/Social Science elective. This list may change from year to year; so approved courses in the past may not necessarily be currently approved courses. You must receive approval from the Undergraduate Office before enrolling in any course not on the currently approved elective list.

For current information about CS courses, including unacceptable CS course prefixes can be found on the CS section of the Registrar’s website.  If you are unsure if a course is a CS course, please consult the ECE Undergraduate Office.

If you would like to take a course that is not on the approved CS list, you can submit your request through the Registrar’s websiteNote:  The request does not guarantee that a proposed course will be added to the list.   

Note: Designated Science Courses and courses with science content are unacceptable to use as CS electives. Some of these courses may also be unacceptable to use as free electives. Please refer to the list of unacceptable courses in our free electives section or speak to the Undergraduate Office when selecting CS and free electives.

List of CS and HSS Courses Offering More Than 30 CS AUs:

APS234H1 F       57.6     CS
APS305H1 S       44.8     CS
APS343H1 F/S   38.4    CS
APS432H1 S       57.6     CS
APS442H1 S       38.4     CS
APS446H1 S       38.4     CS
APS510H1 F       44.8     CS
*ECE488H1 F    51.2      CS      (*CIV488H1 S and CHE488H1 S is equivalent to ECE488H1 F*)
JRE300H1 F/S   44.8    CS
JRE410H1 F/S   38.4    CS
JRE420H1 F/S   44.8   CS

APS281H1 S      38.4     HSS
APS302H1 S     44.8     HSS
APS304H1 S     44.8     HSS
APS320H1 F     38.4     HSS
APS321H1 F     38.4      HSS
APS322H1 S     38.4     HSS
APS325H1 F     38.4     HSS
APS420H1 S     38.4     HSS
APS444H1 F     38.4     HSS
APS445H1 S     32     HSS

Updated: July 2015