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Certificate in
Social Sciences and Humanities Foundations

This certificate provides an opportunity to explore areas in social sciences and humanities and develop transferable university-level skills such as critical analysis and problem solving. Courses are based on the common first-year foundation of Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts programs and may provide an opportunity for students to strengthen applications for full-time undergraduate degrees. Successfully completed courses may be considered as transfer credits to higher education degree programs, subject to admission and requirements for credit transfer.

Academic Coordinator: Dr. Alexandra Orlova, aorlova@ryerson.ca

See more courses and programs relating to Humanities and Social Sciences.

Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.

Students who have not met the above requirements are required to take CENG 110 as one of their four electives.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

Students are advised to take the courses in the following sequence:
CSSH 205
CSSH 105
Electives (four selections – two from Humanities and two from Social Sciences)

Students who are planning to pursue an Arts degree and who do not have an English Grade 12 U or M course with a grade of 70% or higher are required to take CENG 110 as one of their four electives. It is recommended that they take CENG 110 immediately following CSSH 205, since both courses will provide a strong foundation in the writing skills needed to complete this certificate successfully.

Required Courses

CSSH 105   Social Sciences and Humanities:  Critical Thinking I
CSSH 205   Social Sciences and Humanities:  Academic Writing and Research


Electives (select a total of four courses)

Electives – Humanities (select two)

CFRE *** A French course†
CSPN *** A Spanish course†

CACS 100   Contemporary Studies:  Ideas That Shape the World I
CACS 210   Contemporary Studies:  Ideas that Shape the World: Antiquity
CENG 110   English Literature:  Literatures Across Borders
CENG 208   English Literature:  Introduction to Non-Fiction
CHIS 104   History:  Ten Days That Shook The World
CHIS 105   History:  Inventing Popular Culture
CHIS 106   History:  Technology, Warfare and Social Change
CHIS 107   History:  Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
CLIR 100   Languages and Intercultural Relations:  Global Models in Intercultural Relations
CPHL 101   Philosophy:  Plato and the Roots of Western Philosophy
CPHL 201   Philosophy:  Problems in Philosophy
CPHL 333   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Human Nature
CPHL 366   Philosophy:  Existentialism and Art and Culture


Electives – Social Sciences (select two)

CCRM 100   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice
CCRM 102   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Introduction to Criminology
CECN 104   Economics:  Introductory Microeconomics
CECN 204   Economics:  Introductory Macroeconomics
CEUS 102   Environment and Urban Sustainability:  Environment and Sustainability
CEUS 202   Environment and Urban Sustainability:  Sustaining the City's Environments
CGEO 131   Geography:  Energy, Earth and Ecosystems
CGEO 151   Geography:  Location, Location, Location
CPOG 100   Politics and Public Administration:  People, Power and Politics
CPOG 110   Politics and Public Administration:  Power and Influence in Canadian Politics
CPPA 101   Politics and Public Administration:  Cdn Public Administration I: Institutions
CPPA 102   Politics and Public Administration:  Cdn Public Administration II: Processes
CPSY 102   Psychology:  Introduction to Psychology I
CPSY 202   Psychology:  Introduction to Psychology II
CSOC 105   Sociology:  Introduction to Sociology
CSOC 107   Sociology:  Sociology of the Everyday
CSSH 100   Social Sciences and Humanities:  Inquiry and Problem-Solving
CSSH 102   Social Sciences and Humanities:  Learning and Development Strategies
CSSH 301   Social Sciences and Humanities:  Research Design and Qualitative Methods


† An online placement test is required. See the Department’s website for details: www.ryerson.ca/llc/currentstudents/placement_tests.html.

Note to registered certificate program students
Electives - Humanities
CACS 200 deleted.
CACS 210 added.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CECN 104   Economics:  Introductory Microeconomics
CECN 204   Economics:  Introductory Macroeconomics
CPPA 101   Politics and Public Administration:  Cdn Public Administration I: Institutions
CPPA 102   Politics and Public Administration:  Cdn Public Administration II: Processes