Courses for first-year students interested in the Humanities

Program courses

Courses needed for program enrolment: Many Humanities programs do not require any particular courses for enrolment, but allow students to count 1 FCE at the 100-level towards the program.

Some Humanities programs and interdisciplinary programs do not offer any courses at the 100-level (e.g. College programs like Book & Media Studies, Creative Expression & Society or Digital Humanities). The Calendar entry for the program will indicate what 100-level courses in other areas offer appropriate preparation to enter the program.

Other programs (like English or History) offer multiple courses at the 100-level, but only one course may be counted towards the program (as in English) or student can only receive credit for one course (as in History).

Language courses: Arts & Science offerslanguage courses in many languages. In most cases,you will take a placementtest in the department that will tell you which course you should start in.100-level courses are typically reserved for students who have no or very little experience with the language.

Large first year humanities courses: 

  • DRM101Y: Introduction to Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
  • CLA160H: Introduction to Classical Studies
  • CIN105Y: Introduction to Film Study
  • ENG140Y: Literature for our Time
  • ENG150Y: Literary Traditions
  • FCS195H: French Culture from Napoleon to Asterix
  • GER150H: Introduction to German Culture
  • History (several 100-level courses, but they are exclusions to each other, so choose only one) 
  • HPS100H: Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science
  • HPS110H: The Science of Human Nature
  • HPS120H: How to Think about Science   
  • LIN101H: Introduction to Linguistics: Sound Structure     
  • LIN102H: Introduction to Linguistics: Sentence Structure and Meaning   
  • MUS110H: Introduction to Music History and Culture     
  • PHL100Y: Introduction to Philosophy (Historical)
  • PHL101Y: Introduction to Philosophy (Thematic)
  • RLG100Y: World Religions
  • RLG101H: Introducing Religion  
  • WGS160Y: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies 

Seminar courses

Seminar courses in the humanities: To fulfill yourVic small class requirement,you might want to take a seminar in the humanities.

  • Vic One Hundred seminars:
    • VIC105H: Odysseys: The Search for Meaning
    • VIC113H: Encountering Distant Climes: The Literature of Travel and Exploration
    • VIC114H: Renaissance in Popular Culture
    • VIC115H: Imagined Power: Literature and Film
    • VIC117H: Understanding the Performing Arts: Interpretation and Expression
    • VIC119H: Myths and Legends in Modern Contexts
    • VIC135H:The Death of Meaning
  • Other seminar courses: Courses with a course code that include 19X (e.g. ENG198H) are First Year Foundations seminar courses in that discipline.

Breadth courses

Possible Category 4 & 5 breadth courses and science courses for non-science students:

  • First year foundations courses
  • ANT100Y: Introduction to Anthropology (0.5 FCE in BR category 3, and 0.5 in BR category 4)
  • AST101H: The Sun and Its Neighbours
  • AST201H: Stars and Galaxies
  • CHM101H: The Chemistry and Biology of Organic Molecules: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll!
  • CHM209H: Science of the Modern Kitchen
  • CSC104H: Computational Thinking
  • ESS103H: Geology in Public Issues
  • ESS104H: Controversies in Earth Science
  • ESS105H: Our Home Planet
  • EEB202H: Plants and Society
  • EEB208H: Ecosystems and the Human Footprint
  • EEB214H: Evolution and Adaptation
  • EEB215H: Conservation Biology
  • ENV200H: Assessing Global Change: Science and the Environment
  • FOR200H: Conservation of Canada's Forests       
  • FOR201H: Conservation of Tropical and Subtropical Forests
  • JUM202H: Mathematics as an Interdisciplinary Pursuit
  • JUM203H: Mathematics as a Recreation
  • JUM205H: Mathematical Personalities
  • PHY100H: The Magic of Physics
  • PHY202H: The Physics of Science Fiction and Gaming
  • PHY205H: The Physics of Everyday Life
  • PHY207H: The Physics of Music
  • STA201H: Why Numbers Matter
  • VIC121H: Evaluating Healthcare: Problems and Solutions
  • Also use the Timetable Advanced Search functions to determine which breadth categories can be completed within your program.

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