Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies
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 cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Studies 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, opens in new window 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.
|ANT 100||Introduction to Anthropology|
|ARB 101||Introductory Arabic I|
|ARB 201||Introductory Arabic II|
||Introduction to Architecture
|ASL 101||Introductory American Sign Language I|
|ASL 201||Introductory American Sign Language 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|
|CMN 230||Trans Studies and Communication|
|CRB 100||Introduction to the Caribbean|
|CRM 101||Understanding Crime in Canadian Society|
|DST 300||Whose Lives Matter?|
|ECN 110||The Economy and Society|
|ECN 205||Economics of Change and Conflict|
|ECN 210||Understanding Economics|
|ECN 340||The Economics of Human Behaviour|
|ECN 440||Economic Issues in Financial Markets
|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 Indigenous 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 Hazards|
|GEO 312||Viva Las Vegas!|
|GEO 322||A Critical Geography of South Asia|
|GRK 100||Introduction to Attic Greek|
|GRK 200||Athens through Comic Poet's Eyes|
|HAU 100||Haudenosaunee Cultural Perspective|
|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 380||Great Lakes Indigenous/Colonial History|
|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|
|LAT 100||Introduction to Latin|
|LAT 200||Latin and the Roman World|
|LIR 205||Greek and Latin Keys to Academic English|
|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|
|MHK 101||Introductory Kanyen’kéha I|
|MHK 201||Introductory Kanyen’kéha II|
|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|
|MUS 220||Global Popular 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 210||Introduction to Indian 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|
|POH 105||Ounce of Prevention: Public Health Past|
|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|
|REL 200||Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism|
|REL 205||Introduction to Sikhism|
|REL 210||Introduction to Chinese Religions|
|REL 215||Introduction to Judasim|
|REL 220||Introduction to Christianity|
|REL 225||Introduction to Islam|
|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 the African Diaspora|
|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 221||The Hip Hop Lens of Society|
|SOC 305||Sociology of Deviance|
|SPN 101||Introductory Spanish I|
|SPN 201||Introductory Spanish II|
|THL 100||Theatre and the Canadian Identity|
Table A - Lower Level Restrictions
- Students may not choose courses that appear on the restriction list under their program or major. These courses cannot be used to fulfil Liberal Studies requirements.
- Some subjects have a limitation (i.e. a maximum number that may be chosen).
- Restrictions may change from year to year depending on curricular changes
Arts and Contemporary Studies
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.
Criminology and History Double Major
Criminology and History courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
Criminology and Politics and Governance Double Major
Criminology and Politics courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit
Criminology and Sociology Double Major
Criminology and Sociology courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit
English and History Double Major
English and Philosophy Double Major
English and Philosophy courses and CMN 230 are not available for credit.
Environment and Urban Sustainability
Geography courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
History courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
History and Philosophy Double Major
History and Philosophy courses are not available for credit.
History and Politics and Governance Double Major
History and Politics courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
History and Sociology Double Major
History and Sociology courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
International Economics and Finance
Economics courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
Language and Intercultural Relations
Philosophy courses are not available for credit.
Politics and Governance
Politics courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
Politics and Governance and Sociology Double Major
Politics and Sociology courses and PHL 214 are not available credit.
Psychology courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
Public Administration and Governance
Politics courses are not available for credit.
Sociology courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.
Graphic Communications Management
Fall 2015 and after admits: PHL 214 is 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.
CMN 230 is not available for credit.
MUS and RTA courses are not available for credit.
Child and Youth Care
PSY courses and SOC 103 are not available for credit. Students may take only two Sociology courses for credit.
Disability Studies courses are not available for credit.
Students admitted before Fall 2017: Students may take only three Philosophy courses for credit between table A and B.
Early Childhood Studies
Nursing - Collaborative Program
For students admitted Fall 2019 and prior:
Psychology courses and SOC 103 are not available for credit. Students may take only two Sociology courses for credit.
For students admitted Fall 2020 and after:
Students may only take two Psychology courses for credit.
Nutrition and Food
FNU courses and CHY 182 are not available for credit.
Occupational and Public Health
CHY 182 is not available for credit (for all Occupational and Public Health programs and plans)
Public Health and Safety Option (for students admitted Fall 2018 and prior): Students may take only two Politics courses for credit.
Occupational Health and Safety Option (for students admitted Fall 2018 and prior): ECN 110 is not available for credit. Students may take only two Economics courses for credit.
POH 105 is not available for credit (for all Occupational and Public Health programs and plans).
Urban and Regional Planning
Urban and Regional Planning (Degree Completion Program) ECN 110 is not available for credit. Students may take only one Economics course for credit.
Mathematics and Its Applications
PCS 111 and SCI courses are not available for credit.
Economics courses are not available to Mathematics and Its Applications - Economics Option students.
Accounting and Finance
Business Technology Management
Hospitality and Tourism Management
ITM 277 and Economics courses are not available for credit.
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
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 https://www.ryerson.ca/llc, opens in new window.
Upper Level liberal studies ARB, CHN, FRE and SPN courses can be directed, instead, to fulfill Lower Level liberal studies Requirements.
LNG: Language and Writing Courses
There are three Lower Level liberal studies courses designed for students whose first language is not English:
These courses require a placement test, which can be found on the Languages, Literatures and Cultures page, opens in new window.
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.