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The Faculty of Arts offers twelve full-time and one part-time undergraduate degree programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our brand of career-relevant learning, combined with liberal arts education, is a hallmark of our undergraduate programs. You will gain valuable skills in research, analytical and critical thinking and written communication, which are essential for success in today’s economy; making our graduates highly employable.

Profile: Rhiannon

Rhiannon chose Arts at Ryerson

Taking full advantage of Ryerson’s experiential approach to learning and the interdisciplinary nature of the Arts and Contemporary Studies program, opens in new window, Rhiannon worked on projects that allowed her to focus on real-world issues. Today, Rhiannon is the President and CEO of The Economic Club of Canada.  An education in the humanities and social sciences at Ryerson gives you a solid foundation of the skills and the confidence you need in order to take on the world after graduation.

Profile: Kathleen Kellett

Welcome to undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Arts! While developing student expertise in specific disciplines, our 13 programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities teach valuable skills in critical thinking, research, communication, intercultural awareness and leadership, which are essential for personal and professional success. Located in downtown Toronto, one of the most diverse cities in the world, we take advantage of our urban space to engage students in relevant, hands-on learning. Our goal is to empower students in their quest to realize their potential and transform the world.

Kathleen Kellett,
Associate-Dean, Undergraduate Studies

All programs are full-time unless indicated with an asterisk (*).

The Faculty of Arts at Ryerson will offer you an education that is suited to the demands of today’s constantly evolving world. We are a forward-thinking university, highlighting growth, innovation, and cutting edge research above all else. While respecting academic traditions, we are not afraid to take risks as we strive to push post-secondary education into new territory by connecting the past to the future.

Like the university itself, Ryerson's Faculty of Arts has experienced tremendous growth in scholarship, creative activity, and teaching over the past decade. We have blazed a path for program, faculty and student growth that is hard to match at any other Canadian university. In all of our growth, we have adopted a creative touch to program building, ensuring that the humanities and social sciences are configured in new and innovative ways (e.g., student placements and internships in the cultural industries, in industry, in all levels of government, in hospital and community agencies, and in NGOS at home and abroad).

Attending university can be a life-changing experience. Choose a university that cares about your experience. Choose Arts at Ryerson.

The Faculty of Arts is all about the humanities and social sciences. If your interest lies in politics or the law, history, culture and languages, the environment, the human mind, or questions of who we are and why we do the things we do, then Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts may be for you. Click here to explore the programs that we offer.

Numerous services and resources are available to help make your first year—and beyond—successful. As a new student, you will be invited to attend the Faculty of Arts' Enrollment Workshops and Orientation. These August events are opportunities for you to meet other new students and to learn how to select and register in your Fall courses. The Faculty of Arts also offers a range of services and resources through our Student Experience Centre, which is dedicated to working with you to enrich your university experience and to help you succeed. Whether you need help with educational or career planning, or information about exchange programs, volunteer opportunities, or ways to become involved on campus, the staff in the Student Experience Centre are there to support you. Learn More

Not at all! At Ryerson, our professors are very approachable and enjoy meeting their students.  All professors have office hours; these are generally posted on the professor’s office door or included in your course outline.  If you are unable to meet with your professor during office hours, you can make alternate arrangements by booking an appointment via email. The professor's email address is always included in the course outline.  We encourage you to get to know your professors. Whether it’s to talk about an assignment, learn more about a topic discussed in class, or to resolve and issue, Ryerson professors are there for you!

All degrees can be completed in four years and the majority of students do so; however, some students take five years to complete their degrees because they want to integrate volunteer work, exchange programs, or work experiences into their education to augment their learning. How long you take all depends upon your goals and aspirations. If you are interested in exploring opportunities that will enhance your university experience, please click here.

All Ryerson students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 1.67 (this is equivalent to a C-) in order to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree.  Going to university is a big step and it is not uncommon for students to experience a 10% drop in grades during the first year of university. In order to ensure the success of all students, the Faculty of Arts has a mechanism to warn students if they are in academic jeopardy.  If you are not doing well in your classes, we will put a support system in place to help you get back on track.

There are many different career paths. An arts degree is one of the most versatile degrees that you can take and one that will help you develop the critical thinking skills that are indispensable in any career.

When you enroll in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson, one of our career counsellors will work with you to discuss your personal interests, values, and life and career goals in order to help you discover your true vocational calling. Our goal is to help you find meaningful work and not just a job that pays the bills. We want to be sure that you find your best personal fit in an increasingly complex and competitive labour market and that you have the skills needed to succeed in whichever profession you choose. Learn More

It really depends on what “job” or meaningful career you want to have when you graduate from Ryerson University.  In some fields, there is a regulatory body that governs the profession. For example if you want to be a psychologist, social worker, lawyer, or teacher  you will have to go on to graduate school or take a professional degree in order to meet the labour market qualifications. 

Before deciding to enroll in a graduate degree or professional program, take some time to learn more about the nature of the work done in your field by volunteering or conducting informational interviews. If you are thinking of going post-graduate studies, use this resource to begin your self-reflection process.