Humanities & Social Science (HSS) Electives

It has been said that the purpose of a liberal education is to liberate the individual from the parochialism of direct personal experience. It is with that spirit the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board requires you to enrol in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) courses.

In particular, you should choose courses that explore the central issues, thought processes and scholarly methods found in these disciplines. Please note  HSS electives are a subset of Complementary Studies (CS) courses; they can be used to satisfy CS elective requirements.

The University’s Faculty of Arts & Science teaches a large number of humanities and social science courses. We encourage you to explore and develop your interests by choosing, when possible, courses that appeal to you.

Students are not permitted to take the following courses to fulfill HSS requirements:

  • Languages
  • Grammar
  • Mathematics (and probability)
  • Economics
  • Technique (e.g. art, music, video production)
  • Physical and life sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, zoology, computer science and psychology)

A list of approved HSS courses is listed below. If you are aware of a course you think should be on the list, please submit the course for consideration.  Please note it can take 1-5 weeks for review.  To submit the course for consideration, please email registr@ecf.utoronto.ca with the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Course code (e.g. ENG280H1)
  • Course title (e.g. Critical approaches to literature)
  • HSS or CS consideration
  • Course Finder link to the course

If you would like to take a course that is not on the list, you are not guaranteed credit for it. You must first receive approval from your department’s Academic Advisor or the Faculty.

The list changes from year to year, so courses that were approved in the past, may not be on the current list. It is your responsibility to ensure that you enrol in an approved course and that you determine whether or not you have completed the necessary prerequisites.

Acceptable HSS Courses

Not all  courses listed on the HSS list are available every year. Review the current Arts & Science timetable and academic calendar and the timetable by Arts & Science sponsors/departments to see if the course you would like to enrol in is offered.

Students are responsible for determining their qualification for taking an HSS/CS course, including but not limited to pre-requisites and required permissions.

Approved HSS list as of November 8, 2017.