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FAQs Fall 2021

What will fall look like for the Faculty of Arts?

In Fall 2021, most classes in the Faculty of Arts at the undergraduate and graduate level will be offered through remote delivery. A limited number of Ryerson courses will be offered on campus, respecting all Public Health guidelines for the safety of students, staff and faculty. Required courses will be available in virtual mode; some sections of required courses may also be available on campus. Students will not be required to come to campus.


The Faculty of Arts courses listed below will have at least one on-campus section delivered this Fall. By default students will be enrolled in virtual courses, however those students who wish to switch into an in-person course can do so during their enrolment period in RAMSS. For additional information please visit, It is important to note that capacity of on-campus sections is limited.

Department Course Code RAMSS Section Course Title
ECONOMICS ECN101 41 Principles of Microeconomics
ECONOMICS ECN109 51 Basic Mathematics for Economics
ECONOMICS ECN109 71 Basic Mathematics for Economics
ENGLISH ENG104 21 The Short Story
ENGLISH ENG212 11 Cultures in Crisis
ENGLISH ENG503 21 Science Fiction
ENGLISH ENG560 11 Poetry and Poetics
ENGLISH SSH205 171 Academic Writing and Research
ENGLISH SSH205 181 Academic Writing and Research
FRESPN ANT100 11 Introduction to Anthropology
FRESPN FRE101 11 Introductory French I
FRESPN FRE101 21 Introductory French I
FRESPN FRE101 31 Introductory French I
FRESPN FRE402 11 French Conversation and Pronunciation
FRESPN LIR200 11 Critical Practices in Intercultural Relations
FRESPN LNG111 11 Language and Identity
FRESPN SPN101 11 Introductory Spanish I
FRESPN SPN101 21 Introductory Spanish I
FRESPN SPN101 31 Introductory Spanish I
HISTORY HIS104 11 Ten Days That Shook The World
HISTORY HIS106 11 Technology, Warfare and Social Change
HISTORY HIS107 11 Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
HISTORY HIS277 11 Mediaeval Europe, 400-1350
HISTORY HIS490 11 International Relations from 1945
HISTORY HST110 31 U.S. History: Colonial Era to 1877
HISTORY HST111 11 World Turned Upside Down: Europe 1350-1789
HISTORY HST307 11 Canada to 1885: The Founding Societies
HISTORY HST523 11 Colonial South Asia, 1757-1947
HISTORY HST603 11 The Third Reich
HISTORY HST701 11 Scientific Technology and Modern Society
PHILOSOPHY MUS101 11 Intro to World and Early European Music
PHILOSOPHY MUS101 21 Intro to World and Early European Music
PHILOSOPHY MUS507 11 Architecture of Music II
PHILOSOPHY PHL101 11 Plato and the Roots of Western Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY PHL101 21 Plato and the Roots of Western Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY PHL503 11 Ancient and Modern Ethics
PHILOSOPHY PHL606 11 Philosophy of Love and Sex
SOCIOLOGY SOC808 11 Sociology of Food and Eating
SOCIOLOGY SSH301 11 Research Design and Qualitative Methods


The Yeates School of Graduate Studies has created a COVID-19 Continuity site for graduate students.  Please check this site for the most updated information relating to graduate studies.


Please refer to the list of on-campus courses for Fall 2021 above. All other courses will be delivered remotely.

You will require a computer and internet access to complete your courses. In general, instructors will be using the learning management system D2L, Zoom and Google suite to deliver courses. Some courses may require specialized software (e.g. SPSS for statistics courses) which will be made available through a cloud platform online. Over the summer, students will be notified about how they will be able to access course related software virtually. For more information on technical requirements, please visit the Ryerson COVID-19 Information & Updates site.

Virtual courses will use a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching, as will be explained in the course syllabus. We use our learning management system D2L to post materials for students.

Synchronous learning allows you to learn at the same time virtually with your classmates and in the same ways. Asynchronous learning allows you to learn the same material at different times, in different time zones from different locations.

Programs will be offering a mix of synchronous and asynchronous virtual courses. Students should check with their individual instructors if time zone issues are likely to be a problem.

By the first week of August, departments will have sent information to first-year students regarding enrolment, along with useful information online. First-year students will have access to enrolment on August 10th, 2021. Students can communicate with their Undergraduate Program Administrator by email. Virtual appointments will be available on request. For more information, please visit the New Students website.

To learn more about how Ryerson approaches teaching with technology (e.g., online learning, blended learning, technology enhanced learning), please visit the eLearning at Ryerson site.

Most placements and practicums will continue to take place remotely. Current Ryerson policy allows only remote placements/practicums outside Canada. Within Canada, remote placements/practicums remain the preferred option. Onsite placements/practicums within Canada must follow public health guidelines, as verified by the department. Contact your department for more information. 

Students can refer to the significant dates on the Undergraduate Calendar website.

Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) is currently providing remote support to students. Please refer to the Academic Accommodation Support website and or contact your Academic Accommodation Facilitator.

In general, virtualized courses in the Faculty of Arts will be offered through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Please consult with your instructor if this poses a challenge for you.

Yes, this is possible. Students can request and apply for a short term withdrawal online for up to 3 semesters. Please visit the following website for more information:


At this time, staff will be working remotely off campus. You can email your Program Administrator and find out whether you can book an appointment virtually or on the phone.

Career & Personal counselling:
The Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre offers career counselling and personal counselling. Students can also contact the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.

Academic counselling:
For academic support, Ryerson's Tri-mentoring program matches students up with peer mentors. The Student Learning Support Centre provides a number of services, including the Writing Centre and the Math Centre, that promote academic success. 

Over the course of the summer, the Faculty of Arts, in conjunction with the Ryerson Liberal Arts Society, will have a number of webinars as part of our Orientation for first year students. Information will be emailed to students and will also be available on the Ready for Ryerson site.


Program Departments are currently issuing probationary contracts digitally and the requirements for electronic form submission are as follows:

  • The form must come directly from your Ryerson email address.
  • In all cases, the form must either be:
    • signed in ink and then scanned
    • or signed digitally with a signature image
    • or signed with an Adobe digital signature created by clicking on the orange stamp in the signature line
    • or, if you do not have access to a scanner or are otherwise unable to sign the contract, we will accept a statement from you in the email as the signature. Please write in the body of the email "I understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this probationary contract." 

You must have an authorized Probationary Contract by Friday, September 17th, 2021.

If you are on Academic Probation and have not attended the Faculty of Arts Probationary Workshop in the past, you will be required to attend the virtual session online prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. The workshop will help you to find out what academic probation means, what you can do to ensure your academic success, and where you can find the help you need to succeed.  Registration will not be required and we will provide you with more information in August. Detailed information on Probationary Academic Standing and answers to students’ frequently asked questions about being on academic probation may be found on-line at the Faculty of Arts Academic Success website.