Humanities I is a broad, interdisciplinary first-year program. Rather than taking a set of fixed courses, you have the chance to explore a wide range of subjects before choosing a major. Take this opportunity to engage in familiar subjects, while also discovering a passion for new fields of study!
Certain requirements must be met as outlined below.
Structure as of September 2017
Humanities I is comprised of 30 units.
All students must take the following:
6 units of the following two Humanities courses:
- Insight and Inquiry: Questions to Change the World (HUMAN 1QU3)
- Voice and Vision: Words to Change the World (HUMAN 1VV3)
9 units from Course List 1. These courses act as gateways to programs in the faculty (students should check the specific admission requirements for their programs of interest).
15 units from Course List 1, Course List 2, or from another faculty.
Students doing a full course load should have a balance of 15 units in the Fall Term and 15 in the Winter Term. This is normally equivalent to five courses each term.
To be considered full-time, students must be registered in at least 9 units per term.
Requirements and Course Lists
Click here for Humanities I requirements and course lists.
Click here to view a full list of level I elective courses open to all students.
PLEASE NOTE: Course offerings vary each year; please check Mosaic for current offerings.
Use the materials below to help you with planning your courses for your first year, and refer to the course enrolment guide below for more information!
Course Enrolment Guide For First Year Students
When do I start enrolling?
The timetable for 2017-18 will be available in Mosaic in the beginning of June, so you can start exploring course offerings and planning your year in advance of enrolment! To enrol in courses, students are assigned individual appointment times. Your appointment time will appear in your student centre under, ‘Enrolment Dates’. Click on ‘detail’ to view your specific appointment date and time. This is your enrolment appointment for both the fall and winter terms. When your appointment time starts, you can begin enrolling and continue making registration changes until the last day to do so.
Where can I find course descriptions?
Information about a particular class can be viewed when searching for classes on Mosaic. Below is an example of course information:
The Class Detail shows important information, such as when and where the class meets, in what term it takes place, and a description of the course.
The Status indicates whether or not there are still seats available.
The Instruction Mode shows how the course will be delivered (e.g. In Person, Online).
The Enrolment Information shows any requisites that must be met in order to take the course. Some courses also require permission from the department or instructor to enrol. If a course indicates that it requires permission, contact the department or instructor administering the course for more information.
What are multi-term courses?
Multi-term courses will have an A/B attached to them (e.g. English 1C06 A/B, Music 1GC3 A/B).
Multi-term courses span both the fall and winter terms. Part A takes place in the fall, and Part B in the winter. Students register only in Part A, and the system will automatically enrol you in Part B.
How long do I have to make changes to my course selections?
The last day for making changes to your registration in each term is posted yearly under the Registrar’s Office Sessional Dates. It is important to familiarize yourself with these dates at the start of each term.
Students have until this deadline to add and drop courses in each term. Courses dropped by the last day to make registration changes are removed from your record and a refund for the tuition is given.
If you believe you have an outstanding refund, please contact the Student Accounts & Cashiers Office.
Students are fully responsible for any outcomes as a result of their registration changes.
Withdrawing from Courses
Once the last day to make registration changes has passed, students can still withdraw from courses until the last day to cancel courses without failure by default. This deadline is also found in the Sessional Dates. Cancelled courses will remain on your transcript with a notation of ‘W’ indicating you withdrew from the course. Cancelled course are not factored into your average.
Students do not receive a full refund for cancelled courses. The amount of tuition returned is dependent on how late into the term the course is cancelled. Please check the cancellation fee schedule on the Student Accounts & Cashiers’ website for more information. If you have any questions about an outstanding refund, please contact their office.
After the last day to cancel courses without failure by default, you must remain enrolled in your courses.
When adding, dropping, and withdrawing from courses, you are responsible for the following:
- ensuring your course selections meet the requirements for your program
- any effects to your full-time/part-time status, fees, and eligibility for such things as graduation, scholarships and financial aid (e.g. OSAP)
If you have any concerns about withdrawing from courses, please contact the Academic Advising Office.
Enrolling for the first time can be overwhelming, and we’re here to help if you get stuck! If you have any issues during the process, please contact the Humanities Academic Advising Office.