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IMPORTANT NOTE: 

Certain courses cannot be taken for liberal studies credit in some programs. Please see Table A - Lower Level Restrictions for more information. The Table A-Lower Level Restrictions list that appears under your program/major are courses that do not count toward your degree requirements.

Not all courses will be offered every semester. Also, courses may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Consult the liberal studies Course Offerings webpage for the most up-to-date course offering information.

All liberal studies courses are identified as lower-level (LL) or upper-level (UL) in the course description.

Course Title
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology
ARB 101 Introductory Arabic I
ARB 201 Introductory Arabic II
BLG 181 Biology of a Living City
BMS 150 Introduction to the Human Genome
CHN 101 Introductory Chinese I
CHN 201 Introductory Chinese II
CHY 182 Chemistry Applications to Living Systems
CHY 183 Introduction to Forensic Sciences
CRB 100 Introduction to the Caribbean
CRM 101 Understanding Crime in Canadian Society
ECN 110 The Economy and Society
ECN 205 Issues in Economic History
ECN 210 Understanding Economics
ECN 340 The Economics of Human Behaviour
ECN 440 Booms, Busts, Panics and Manias
ENG 101 Laughter and Tears: Comedy and Tragedy
ENG 104 The Short Story
ENG 112 Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop Lit
ENG 201 Myth and Literature
ENG 203 The Literature of Native Peoples
ENG 212 Cultures in Crisis
EUS 180 Global Water Issues
FNU 100 Canadian Cuisine: Historical Roots
FNU 101 Food Practices and Policy
FRE 101 Introductory French I
FRE 201 Introductory French II
FRS 102 Francophone Detective Fiction
GEO 106 Geographies of Everyday Life
GEO 108 Geography of the Global Village
GEO 110 The Physical Environment
GEO 206 Regions, Nations and the Global Community
GEO 208 Geography of the Global Economy
GEO 210 Geography of Danger
GEO 312 Viva Las Vegas!
GRK 100 Introduction to Attic Greek
HST 110 U.S. History: Colonial Era to 1877
HST 111 World Turned Upside Down: Europe 1350-1789
HST 112 East Meets West: Asia in the World
HST 118 The City in History
HST 119 Rise of Empires: History Through Film
HST 147 Introduction to South Asian Civilization
HST 207 Introduction to Ancient Greece and Rome
HST 210 U.S. History: 1877 to the Present
HST 211 Century of Revolution: Europe 1789-1914
HST 219 Decolonization: History Through Film
HST 222 The History of The Caribbean
HST 307 Canada to 1885: The Founding Societies
HST 325 History of Science and Technology I
HST 328 Multiple Ontarios: 1784 to the Present
HST 407 Canada from 1885: The Struggle for Identity
HST 425 History of Science and Technology II
HST 426 Major Themes in International Relations
HST 488 Britain since 1815
IRL 100 Intro to World Art I: Pictorial Arts
IRL 200 Introduction to World Textile History
ITM 277 Intro to Information Technology and Society
LNG 111 Language and Identity
LNG 112 Spoken and Written Language
LNG 113 Language and Public Life
LNG 121 Language and Society
MEC 110 Energy and the Environment
MUS 101 Intro to World and Early European Music
MUS 105 Voices Without Borders: Global Chorus
MUS 106 The Architecture of Music
MUS 201 Introduction to Classical Music
NPF 188 From Page to Screen
PCS 111 Physics in the News
PCS 181 Introduction to Astronomy
PCS 182 Life in the Milky Way Galaxy
PHL 101 Plato and the Roots of Western Philosophy
PHL 110 Philosophy of Religion I
PHL 187 Ancient Greek Philosophy
PHL 201 Problems in Philosophy
PHL 214 Critical Thinking I
PHL 306 Freedom, Equality, Limits of Authority
PHL 333 Philosophy of Human Nature
PHL 365 Philosophy of Beauty
PHL 366 Existentialism and Art and Culture
PHL 406 Issues of Life, Death and Poverty
POL 106 The Politics of Human Needs
POL 128 Politics and Film
POL 129 Immigration and Settlement in Canada
POL 203 Politics of the Environment
POL 208 Globalization and World Politics
PSY 105 Perspectives in Psychology
PSY 304 Psychology of Gender
PSY 308 Psychology of Thinking
REL 100 Introduction to Religious Studies
REL 101 Introduction to World Religions
RTA 180 Music and Film
RTA 406 Chinese Instrumental Music
RTA 441 Music of India
RTA 474 Gospel Music: Songs for the Spirit
RTA 484 Music of West Africa
SEM 101 Sign, Sense and Meaning
SOC 102 Human Origins
SOC 103 How Society Works
SOC 108 Indigenous Peoples and Decolonization
SOC 202 Popular Culture
SOC 203 Social Class and Inequality
SOC 305 Sociology of Deviance
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish I
SPN 201 Introductory Spanish II
THL 100 Theatre and the Canadian Identity
  • Students may not choose courses that appear on the restriction list under their program or major. These courses do not count toward your degree requirements.
  • Some subjects have a limitation (i.e. a maximum number that may be chosen).
  • Courses that do not count toward your program/major may change from year to year depending on curricular changes.
Programs in the Faculty of Arts

PHL 214 is not available for credit.
Students may take only two courses in French if students complete a French course from Required Group 1.
Students may take only two courses in Spanish if students complete a Spanish course from Required Group 1.
Anthropology Studies Option:
Anthropology and History Courses are not available for credit.
English Option:
English courses are not available for credit.
French Option:
French courses are not available for credit.
History Option:
History courses are not available for credit.
Philosophy Option:
Philosophy courses are not available for credit.

Criminology courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

English courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

English and History courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

English and Philosophy courses are not available for credit.

GEO 110, PHL 214, POL 203  and EUS courses are not available for credit. Students may take only one Geography course for credit.

Geography courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

History courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

History and Philosophy courses are not available for credit.

Economics courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

ANT 100 and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
Students in the French Stream: French courses (FRE, FRS) are not available for credit.
Students in the Spanish Stream: Spanish courses (SPN, SPS) are not available for credit.

Philosophy courses are not available for credit.

Politics courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

Psychology courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

Politics courses are not available for credit.  

Sociology courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

Programs in the Faculty of Communication & Design

IRL 100 and IRL 200 are not available for credit.  

Fall 2015 and after admits: PHL 214 is not available for credit.

IRL 100, NPF 188 are not available for credit.  

IRL 100 and IRL 200 are not available for credit.  

Fall 2014 and prior admits: English courses are not available for credit.

Formerly 'Radio and Television'.

Fall 2013 and prior admits: English courses are not available for credit.  

IRL 100, NPF 188 are not available for credit.  

THL 100 is not available for credit.
Performance Production Majors: MUS 101 and MUS 201 are not available for credit.
RTA 180, RTA 406, RTA 441, RTA 474, RTA 484 are not available for credit.

Programs in the Faculty of Community Services

PSY courses and SOC 103 are not available for credit. Students may take only two Sociology courses for credit.  

Students admitted before Fall 2017: Students may take only three Philosophy courses for credit between table A and B.

PSY 105 and SOC 103 are not available for credit. Students may take only two courses each of Psychology and Sociology.  

Psychology courses and SOC 103 are not available for credit. Students may take only two Sociology courses for credit.

FNU courses and CHY 182 are not available for credit.  

CHY 182 is not available for credit.
Public Health and Safety Option
: Students may take only two Politics courses for credit.
Occupational Health and Safety Option: ECN 110 is not available for credit. Students may take only two Economics courses for credit.

Politics, Psychology and Sociology courses are not available for credit.
ECN 110 and ECN 210 are not available for credit to students who choose ECN 104 and ECN 204 as a 2nd Yr Professionally-Related course.

Urban and Regional Planning (4-Yr) ECN 110 is not available for credit.
Students may take only two courses each of Economics, Politics and Sociology for credit. SOC 103 is not available for credit.

Urban and Regional Planning (Degree Completion Program) ECN 110 is not available for credit. Students may take only one Economics course for credit.  

Programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

ITM 277, MEC 110, BMS 150 and IRL 100 are not available for credit.

In Semester 1, students are required to enrol into one of the following liberal studies courses: ENG 101, ENG 104, ENG 112, ENG 201, ENG 203 or ENG 212. Students may take only one additional English course for credit.

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Undeclared Engineering

ARB, CHN, FRE, GRK, SPN and WLG courses are not available for credit.

BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183, ITM 277, MEC 110, PCS 111, PCS 181, PCS 182 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Programs in the Faculty of Science

PCS 111, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

PSY 105, PCS 111, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

PCS 111, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

PCS 111 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

PCS 111, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

PCS 111 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

PCS 111 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Economics courses are not available to Mathematics and Its Applications - Economics Option students.

PCS 111, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Programs in the Ted Rogers School of Management

ECN 110, ECN 210 and ITM 277 are not available for credit.

ECN 110, ECN 210 and ITM 277 are not available for credit.

Economics and Management Science Majors: Economics courses are not available for credit.

Law and Business Majors: PHL 214 is not available for credit. Students may take only two Philosophy courses for credit.

ECN 110, ECN 210, ITM 277 and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

ECN 110, ECN 210 and ITM 277 are not available for credit.

ITM 277 and Economics courses are not available for credit.

LNG Courses - Maximum is 2

The Online ESL/EAL Placement Test is required before enrolling in any LNG course. A maximum of two (2) of LNG 111, LNG 112, and LNG 113 can be used toward the obtainment of a degree.

ARB, CHN, FRE, and SPN courses normally require a placement assessment.

Contact the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures for details about the process or visit the department's website at http://www.ryerson.ca/llc.

Upper Level liberal studies ARB, CHN, FRE and SPN courses can be directed, instead, to fulfill Lower Level liberal studies Requirements.

There are three Lower Level liberal studies courses designed for students whose first language is not English:

LNG 111 Language and Identity
LNG 112 Spoken and Written Language
LNG 113 Language and Public Life

These courses require a placement test, which can be found at http://www.ryerson.ca/llc/currentstudents/placement_tests.html

LNG 111, LNG 112 and LNG 113 are available to students who have been assessed as likely to benefit from intensive language and writing courses. Students for whom English is a second language and who are enrolled in programs that accept ESL courses for credit may take all three ESL courses, LNG 111, LNG 112, and LNG 113. However, a maximum of two credits only may be used toward their degree requirements.

There is one Lower Level liberal studies course designed for undergraduate students wishing to improve their writing skills: LNG 121 Language and Society. No Placement test is required for this course.