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Undeclared Arts (First Year Studies Only)

First-year Classes

  • Explore your program transfer options by choosing introductory courses in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology and Sociology.
  • Enrol in two required courses: Academic Writing and Research, and Critical Thinking.
  • Choose electives from a wide range of areas including news and film studies, law, business and natural sciences – many of which can lead to a minor.

Program Transfer

You must apply to transfer to one of the 10 programs listed above, or to any of the three double major programs, by February of your second semester. All of your completed courses will transfer to your new program.

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Is It for You?

This one-year entry option allows you to explore program areas in the humanities and social sciences, and discover your passions and strengths before choosing a major or double major program.

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What You Need to Know

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: First-Year Studies Only

 Degree Earned
N/A

 Grade Range
78-82%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Experiential Learning
N/A

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2020 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2019/2020

Domestic Fees Range: $7,046 - $7,126
International Fees Range: $27,282 - $27,627

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).

Undeclared Arts is an entry option only. By February of your second semester, you must indicate which one of the ten programs you wish to pursue. All program transfers are considered on a competitive basis and are subject to program capacity.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Program Transfer Options and Eligibility

The program transfer options for Undeclared Arts students are: Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. Because these ten programs share a common one-year foundation, all of the courses completed in Undeclared Arts are credited to the student's program of choice.

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