Social Science Academic CounsellingWestern Social Science

Breadth Requirements

Social Science students need at least 1.0 course from Category B or C in first year and at least 1.0 course from Category B and 1.0 course from Category C for graduation.

Category A

Social Science

Anthropology, Economics, Dimensions of Leadership, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Management and Organizational Studies (formerly Administrative and Commercial Studies), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies

Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary

American Studies, Childhood and Social Institutions (formerly Childhood and Family Relations), Dance, Education, Family Studies, Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Centre for Global Studies (formerly International and Comparative Studies; Modern Eastern Civilizations), Kinesiology, Linguistics, Media and the Public Interest, Media, Information and Technoculture, Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Justice and Peace Studies*, Social Science.


Business Administration, Foods and Nutrition, Human Ecology, Law, Music, Social Work, Thanatology

Category B

Arts and Humanities

Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, Digital Humanities, Film Studies, Italian Studies, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Speech, Theological Studies, Visual Arts History, Visual Arts Studio, Women's Studies, Writing**


Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Category C


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Science, Green Process Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Software Engineering

Medical Science

Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Chemical Biology, Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Medical Health Informatics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pathology and Toxicology, Pharmacology, Physiology


Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Differential Equations, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, History of Science, Linear Algebra, Mathematics, Physics, Planetary Science, Statistical Sciences


Communication Sciences and Disorders

*Students who completed Childhood and Family Relations, International and Comparative Studies, and Linguistics prior to September 1, 2007 are permitted to graduate with these courses recognized as Category B.
** Writing courses restricted to English as a Second Language students (e.g., Writing 0001F/G, 0002F/G, 1021F/G, 1022F/G) do not qualify as Category B courses.

Breadth Requirements for Graduation
Departments and Programs offering upper-year courses also are assigned to only one of the three Categories. At least 1.0 course must be chosen from each of the three categories in the lists shown under “Breadth Requirements for First Year” shown above.