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Frequently Asked Questions: Guidelines for Course Enrollment

How do I know what courses to take in first year of Undeclared Arts?

How many courses are in each semester of Undeclared Arts?

What courses are required in Undeclared Arts?

What electives do I choose in first year of Undeclared Arts?

What is the difference between Table I and Table II in Undeclared Arts?

What Table I courses should I choose?

The Table I course I want to take is full. What should I do?

Who should I contact if I have questions about choosing courses?

How many Table I courses do I need to complete in first year of Undeclared Arts?

How many Table II courses do I need in first year of Undeclared Arts?

How can I check that I am on track for completing the requirements for first year of Undeclared Arts?

What if I'm still uncertain about my program choice at the end of first semester?

How do I know what courses to take in first year of Undeclared Arts?

  • You must follow the Undeclared Arts curriculum, which can be found in the current Undergraduate Academic Calendar, under "Programs and Academic Departments", "Faculty of Arts".

How many courses are in each semester of Undeclared Arts?

  • There are five courses in 1st Semester (Fall term), and five courses in 2nd Semester (Winter term).

What courses are required in Undeclared Arts?

  • In 1st Semester, you are required to take SSH 205: Academic Writing and Research.
  • In 2nd Semester, you are required to take SSH 105: Critical Thinking I.
  • First-year students are automatically enrolled in their required courses.

What electives do I choose in first year of Undeclared Arts?

  • You must choose your electives from Table I and Table II in the Undeclared Arts curriculum. These Tables can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar: link to "Programs and Academic Departments", "Faculty of Arts", "Undeclared Arts".

What is the difference between Table I and Table II in Undeclared Arts?

  • Table I comprises social science and humanities electives, including those courses that introduce you to the program transfer areas.
  • Table II has a wide range of electives from programs outside the Faculty of Arts, such as Ted Rogers School of Management, Faculty of Community Services, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Communication and Design.
  • Many of the courses on Table I and Table II can be used towards a Minor. Refer to Ryerson's Undergraduate Academic Calendar for a complete list of Minors and the Minor course requirements.

What Table I courses should I choose?

  • In 1st Semester, choose the Table I courses that allow you to explore the program areas that interest you the most as transfer options. This will help you decide which program to choose by the February 2nd transfer application deadline date.
  • Refer to the “Transferability Guidelines” when choosing Table I courses. It provides important information on the Table I courses you should complete by the end of first year in order to be eligible to transfer to the selected program.
  • Some Table I courses have a prerequisite. For example, PSY 102 is a prerequisite for PSY 202, and ENG 110 is a prerequisite for ENG 208. So, if you are considering Psychology and/or English as program transfer options, you should enroll in the appropriate prerequisite course(s) in 1st Semester.

The Table I course I want to take is Full. What should I do?

Who should I contact if I have questions about choosing courses?

How many Table I courses do I need to complete in first year of Undeclared Arts?

You are required to complete at least six (6) Table I courses, selected as follows: a minimum of two courses from the Table I "Humanities" group, and a minimum of two courses from the Table I "Social Sciences" group.

  • If you transfer to a social science program, the two Table I courses that are foundational to that program cannot also satisfy the Table I "Social Science" requirements. This is because these two courses will satisfy core course requirements in your selected program. So, for example, if you transfer to Sociology, SOC 105 and SOC 107 will satisfy the core course requirements for Sociology, but you must also complete two other courses from the Table I "Social Sciences" group to satisfy Table I requirements.
  • If you transfer to a humanities program, the two Table I courses that are foundational to that program cannot also satisfy the Table I "Humanities" requirements. This is because these two courses will satisfy core course requirements in your selected program. For example, if you transfer to English, ENG 108 and ENG 208 will satisfy the core course requirements for English, but you must also complete two other courses from the Table I "Humanities" group to satisfy Table I requirements.

How many Table II courses do I need in first year of Undeclared Arts?

  • You must have at least one Table II course by the end of first year of Undeclared Arts.
  • You may choose up to two Table II courses in first year of Undeclared Arts.

How can I check that I am on track for completing the requirements for first year of Undeclared Arts?

  • Use the "Undeclared Arts Curriculum Checklist" to keep track of your course requirements during 1st and 2nd Semester of Undeclared Arts and to ensure you complete the appropriate ten (10) courses required to transfer seamlessly into second year of the selected program. Link here for the Undeclared Arts Curriculum Checklist
  • If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Undeclared Arts Program Administrator.

What if I'm still uncertain about my program choice at the end of first semester?

  • You can either speak to the Undeclared Arts Program Administrator or book an appointment for an individual and confidential education and career planning session with the Faculty of Arts Career Counsellor, Sonny Wong, sonny.wong@arts.ryerson.ca, 416-979-5000, ext. 2141; POD-344K