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Develop university-level skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and writing with this flexible certificate. Choose social sciences and humanities courses that interest you and will best support your academic goals.

With this foundational certificate, you can strengthen your application for full-time undergraduate degrees. Successfully completed courses may be considered as transfer credits to college and university degree programs, subject to admission and transfer credit requirements.

What Will You Learn?

The certificate courses are drawn from the first-year foundation of Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts undergraduate programs.

The required courses will develop and enhance your critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and writing skills. The elective courses cover a wide range of topics in the social sciences and humanities, which allows you to explore your specific areas of interest.

Social sciences courses will introduce you to fields such as criminology, economics, geography, sociology, psychology, and political science. In the humanities courses, you can choose to learn French or Spanish, or explore English literature, history, philosophy, and intercultural relations.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in this certificate if you wish to explore university-credit courses in a wide range of social sciences and humanities topics and/or strengthen your application to a full-time undergraduate degree program.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Many of our instructors are faculty members at Ryerson University’s Faculty of Arts.

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Industry and Careers

Critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and writing are foundational skills that are required in many industries and careers.

Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required courses: CSSH 105 and CSSH 205
  • 4 electives: 2 in Group A - Humanities and 2 in Group B - Social Sciences*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*You may select a French (CFRE) and/or a Spanish (CSPN) course as part of the Electives - Humanities category. However, an online placement test is required; visit the Department’s website for details.

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Recommended Course Sequence

We recommend you take courses in the following order:

  1. CSSH 205 - Academic Writing and Research
  2. CSSH 105 - Critical Thinking I
  3. Four electives: choose two courses from Humanities category and two courses from Social Sciences category

Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student stuatus

Note: If you do not meet the above stated admission criteria, you must complete CENG 110 (from Electives - Group A: Humanities) as one of your four electives. 

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Awards and Financial Aid

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Contact Us

Questions?

Contact Dr. Nenita Ponce de León Elphick, Program Director, Arts.

Email: elphick@ryerson.ca

Additional Details

Courses

You may select a French (CFRE) and/or a Spanish (CSPN) course as part of this category. However, an online placement test is required; visit the Department’s website for details.