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These courses are designed for non-native speakers and teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Modern Arabic. All students must take the Arabic Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions.
Arts and Contemporary Studies
These courses give you the opportunity to develop your learning, research, ethical, and literacy competencies – important ingredients for success in any pursuit. They combine traditional education in the humanities with practical skills and theoretical approaches to deal with relevant societal issues. Arts and Contemporary Studies courses may be credited towards Ryerson University's full-time degree program, which stresses foundational skills and a broad liberal arts education.
These courses will explore topics of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, and the social, economic, and political developments in the diverse Caribbean region. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/caribbean.
These courses are designed for non-native speakers and teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Mandarin using the standard Hànyu Pinyin phonetic system. All students must take the Chinese Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/chinese.
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Students will become familiar with the structural, administrative, political, and professional context of the criminal justice system and its related agencies, while also gaining an appreciation for the complex causes and consequences of crime in Canadian society.
We offer courses in English Literature and Creative Writing.
English as a Second/Additional Language
Students enrolled in Ryerson degree programs are responsible for ensuring that any course selected from those listed below meets the specific requirements of their program. For more detailed information regarding specific program restrictions, check the Undergraduate Calendar.
CENG 101 — Laughter and Tears: Comedy and Tragedy
CENG 104 — The Short Story
CENG 110 — Literatures Across Borders
CENG 112 — Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop Lit
CENG 200 — Writing as a Cultural Act
CENG 201 — Myth and Literature
CENG 203 — The Literature of Native Peoples
CENG 208 — Introduction to Non-Fiction
CENG 212 — Cultures in Crisis
CENG 222 — Fairy Tales and Fantasies
CENG 224 — Children's Literature
CENG 413 — Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures
CENG 503 — Science Fiction
CENG 510 — Gothic Horror
CENG 511 — The Art of Writing Life
CENG 520 — The Language of Persuasion
CENG 560 — Poetry and Poetics
CENG 602 — Women's Writing
CENG 610 — The Language of Love, Sex and Gender
CENG 620 — English Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
CENG 621 — Women's Texts, Global Contexts
CENG 705 — Studies in Visual Cultures
CENG 706 — Shakespeare and Performance
CENG 720 — Persuasion from Plato to Present
CENG 888 — Televisual Texts and Contexts
CENG 921 — Narrative in a Digital Age
English Writing Development
The ability to write clearly, effectively, and in a voice that is distinctly your own can be learned. These courses are designed to develop your feeling for language, your knowledge of its forms and structures, and your skills in composition. As you master these fundamentals, your writing will begin to reflect a more powerful and purposeful use of language.
CENG 505 — Creative Writing
CLNG 121 — Language and Society
These credit and non-credit courses are designed for non-native speakers, who are still learning English and need to continue improving their English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/esl.
English as a Second/Additional Language
If English is not your first language, and you need to develop greater fluency to advance your career, these courses are ideally suited to you. Ranging from general to specialized, from intermediate to advanced, they give you the opportunity to develop your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English.
For placement assessment, complete the online placement test. For more information, applicants can attend an Open House session or contact Marju Toomsalu, ESL/EAL Academic Coordinator, at 416.979.5000, ext. 4196, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/esl.
CLNG 111 — Language and Identity
CLNG 112 — Language: Spoken and Written
CLNG 113 — Language and Public Life
COEN 201 — Professional Communication for the Workplace I
COEN 202 — Professional Communication for the Workplace II
COEN 204 — Intermediate Grammar
COEN 210 — Reading/Listening Test Prep I
COEN 220 — Writing/Speaking Test Prep I
COEN 294 — Writing Accurately and Clearly
COEN 295 — Critical Reading and Effective Writing
COEN 296 — Writing for Professionals
COEN 298 — Scientific and Technical Writing
COEN 299 — Effective Conversation Strategies
COEN 301 — Pronunciation
COEN 304 — Advanced Grammar
COEN 306 — ESL/EAL: Oral Communication for Professionals
COEN 311 — Integrated Skills I
COEN 312 — Integrated Skills II
COEN 410 — Reading/Listening Test Prep II
COEN 420 — Writing/Speaking Test Prep II
COEN 462 — Academic and Professional Skills
These courses cover French language, literature, and culture. For French language courses (CFRE), all students must take the French Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions.
French Studies courses (CFRS) are taught in English and cover French literary and cultural topics. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/french.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers a wide range of courses on demographic analysis, digital geography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their various applications. These courses give a broad perspective on human/environment interactions in different contexts. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/gis.
Are you interested in learning a phonetic language? Do you want to learn about Indian culture? Are you travelling to India, Pakistan, or Nepal? Do you have Indian friends, relatives, or business contacts? If you want to learn Hindi for any of these purposes, our non-credit courses are for you. Students who have no or very little knowledge of Hindi may enroll directly into COHI 101.
The Department of History offers a wide selection of courses, ranging from general surveys in European, African, Canadian, and American history to courses that examine themes in subjects such as modern international relations and the history of science and technology. Students enrolled in degree programs are responsible for ensuring that any course selected from those listed meets the specific requirements of their program.
Languages and Intercultural Relations
Philosophy and Music
In Philosophy, we cover both the ‘Big Questions,’ such as “What can we know?” or “How should we live?” or “Does God exist?,” as well as subject-oriented areas, such as philosophy of religion or ethics and health care. Sometimes, we deal with questions that have been discussed for thousands of years. Each generation has to answer them again, either expressly or by the implications of the choices they make and the beliefs they adopt. At other times, we deal with questions arising from the social arrangements and technologies we face right now - situations which may never have existed before. What unites these inquiries is the ‘philosophical turn;’ we learn how to uncover, evaluate, and use the most basic principles appropriate to the questions we tackle.
In Music, we offer a range of courses in the traditions, development, variety, and cultural implications of various kinds of music.
Politics and Public Administration
The Department of Politics and Public Administration offers a full-time undergraduate program in Politics and Governance and a part-time undergraduate program in Public Administration and Governance, the latter of which consists of a certificate, advanced certificate, and a degree. This program is specifically designed for people working in the public and para-public sectors, non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups. These courses may also be of interest to those aspiring to careers in the broader public service, private-sector employees in regular contact with the government, and those interested in gaining knowledge about public administration and public policy in Canada.
Psychology courses address questions about the nature of human behaviour: how and why we act, think, feel, and reason, and how these questions are investigated through research.
Social Sciences and Humanities
These interdisciplinary courses are offered by various departments in the Faculty of Arts and provide a good foundation for pursuing academic study, particularly programs in the humanities and social sciences. Topics include learning and development strategies, critical thinking, academic writing, research design, and qualitative methods.
Courses offered in Sociology are designed to encourage the critical examination of today’s complex society and to broaden individuals’ understanding of the world in which they live.
These courses cover Spanish language and literatures and cultures in Spanish-speaking countries. CSPN 101 to CSPN 601 are language courses designed for non-native speakers. For Spanish language courses (CSPN), all students must take the Spanish Placement Test on the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website or attend one of our interview/placement assessment sessions.
Spanish Studies courses (CSPS) are taught in English and cover Spanish and Latin American literary and cultural topics. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/spanish.