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Courses and Programs at a Distance

Whether you live in Toronto or overseas, online learning is a flexible way to study off campus with specially designed course materials. Browse courses by subject area or certificate program or review a list of all courses offered in a distance education format.

Courses by Subject Area

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Accessibility Studies Accounting

Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of accounting, progress to a more advanced level, earn a professional designation, or develop expertise in specialized business applications, the following accounting courses, along with the courses listed under Finance and Financial Planning, will meet your needs.

All CACC course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials. For further information, see Material Fees.

CACC 100 — Introductory Financial Accounting
CACC 110 — Financial Accounting
CACC 406 — Introductory Management Accounting
CACC 410 — Management Accounting
CACC 414 — Intermediate Accounting I
CACC 514 — Intermediate Accounting II

Business Analysis

These courses will help you develop the expertise to make effective use of the vast amount of data available in business today.

Quantitative Methods
All CQMS course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CQMS 102 — Business Statistics I
CQMS 202 — Business Statistics II

Business Technology Management

The explosion of information technology has transformed the way business is done in today’s world. It has also created a need for a new type of management professional - the information management specialist. The courses offered here will give you the foundation of knowledge and technical tools to manage your information resources effectively. For more information, visit

Information Technology Management
A material fee of $0.50 is included in the total fee indicated for all CITM courses.

CITM 102 — Business Information Systems I
CITM 200 — Fundamentals of Programming
CITM 207 — Computer-Enabled Problem Solving
CITM 301 — IT Infrastructure
CITM 305 — Systems Analysis and Design
CITM 315 — Server Administration
CITM 350 — Concepts of e-Business
CITM 410 — Business Process Design
CITM 500 — Data and Information Management
CITM 600 — Data Communications Network Design
CITM 750 — IS Project Management
CITM 820 — Information Systems Security and Privacy

Caribbean Studies

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

Caribbean Studies

CCRB 100 — Introduction to the Caribbean
CCRB 501 — Racism and Caribbean Peoples in Canada
CCRB 502 — Cultural Traditions in the Caribbean


These courses can help you develop a high level of skill in written and oral communications and are especially relevant to business and government environments. They focus on building and integrating writing, analytical, and research skills so that your business presentations make your point and achieve your purpose. For more information, visit


CCMN 114 — Short Management Reports
CCMN 201 — Retail Management Communication
CCMN 279 — Introduction to Professional Communication
CCMN 313 — Organizational Report Writing
CDCM 415 — Promotional Communications

Computer Science

The following courses can develop your computer expertise in two key areas. Some courses focus on language programming and operating systems; these are particularly recommended if your interests lie in technical or system support. Other courses focus on using computers to solve engineering or technical problems. In these, the emphasis is on learning how to translate problems into an appropriate mathematical form. In addition, computer security, digital forensics, and 3-D printing, visualization, and agile product prototyping are taught.

Note: Written approval is required before undergraduate degree program students can register in these courses. See Engineering Students.

Computer Security and Digital Forensics
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CKDF 110 — Computer Network Security
CKDF 120 — Computer Cryptography and Digital Steganography
CKDF 130 — Digital Forensics Systems
CKDF 140 — Security Architecture and Design
CKDF 150 — Digital Forensics Investigation

Creative Writing

You can be the writer you’ve always dreamed of becoming. Let our group of talented instructors help unlock and develop your talents in short fiction, novel, poetry, or dramatic writing. Explore specialized genres. Tell your own life story. Enhance your business writing skills. For more information, including instructor biographies, visit

Creative Writing

CWWR 410 — Short Fiction Writing - Level I
CWWR 952 — Creative Travel Writing

Digital Entrepreneurship Innovation Disability Studies

Disability Studies focuses on society's definition of and response to disability. Students explore the social context and experiences of persons with disabilities.

Disability Studies

CDST 504 — Mad People's History
CDST 506 — Principles and Practices of Accessibility
CVDS 200 — AODA Capstone Synthesis

Disaster Emergency Management

This program is designed for existing and aspiring disaster management and emergency services professionals and first responders who wish to upgrade their education, pursue career opportunities, or perform volunteer work. Courses provide broad knowledge, case studies, and hands-on application within the local, provincial, federal, and international sectors of disaster and emergency response.

Important Note: Students registered in the Disaster and Emergency Management certificate should be aware that many of the Required Courses are listed under the Science subject area.

Disaster Emergency Management

CKDM 160 — Emerging Issues
CKDM 999 — Disaster and Emergency Fast Track


CSCI 230 — Emergency Management Practice
CSCI 232 — Incident and Operations Management
CSCI 234 — Analysis of Critical Incidents
CSCI 241 — Planning for Emergency Management
CSCI 243 — Continuity and Risk Management

Early Childhood Studies

These courses introduce you to the challenging field of early childhood education. Whether working with children who have special needs or those from different ethno-racial backgrounds, diversity is key. Those who flourish in the field know that teaching, assessing, and guiding children begins with an understanding of the Canadian cultural mosaic. Early childhood educators' contribution to society is immeasurable. For more information, visit

Early Childhood Studies
This direct entry program for ECS diploma graduates from the CAATs builds on students' knowledge of child development and curriculum. For further information on courses, prerequisites, and admission to the ECS degree program, call the School of Early Childhood Studies at 416.979.5306 or visit

CCLD 307 — Cognitive Development
CCLD 314 — Literacy in the Early Years
CCLD 322 — Research I: Methods
CCLD 323 — Research II: Applications
CCLD 332 — Families in Canadian Context II
CCLD 342 — Assessment for Programming
CCLD 419 — Children and Technology
CCLD 442 — Infant Mental Health
CCLD 445 — Inclusion and Consultation
CCLD 446 — Children and Chronic Illness
CCLD 448 — Childhood in a Global Context
CCLD 450 — Indigenous Early Learning
CCLD 454 — Policy in ECEC


These courses offer you the opportunity to become competent in economic analysis and the application of economics to national and international problems.


CECN 104 — Introductory Microeconomics
CECN 204 — Introductory Macroeconomics
CECN 506 — Money and Banking
CECN 606 — International Monetary Economics
CECN 707 — Economics of International Trade I

Energy Management

In the energy management sector, for every two people retiring from the workforce, there is only one who is qualified in joining. The next leaders in the energy management sector require the knowledge and emerging skill sets vital to dealing with the technical and non-technical demand and response issues, fiscal oversight, project management, regulatory policy, and risk assessment that impacts energy generation, transport, distribution, and consumption.

Important Note: Students registered in the Energy Management and Innovation certificate should be aware that the Required Courses are listed under the Technology Studies subject area.

For more information, visit

Energy Management
Transforming to a green economy has emerged as one of the many management challenges facing society today. Managing the conversion to renewable energy, the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels, and the development of smart grids is seen as the cornerstone of success in achieving economic, environmental, and industrial sustainability. Managing the risks and the opportunities for energy innovation is high on the public agenda in Canada and countries around the world.

CKEI 140 — Current Topics in Energy Management and Innovation

Technology Studies

CTEC 241 — Energy Innovation
CTEC 269 — Trends in Energy Conservation


We offer courses in English Literature and Creative Writing.

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 112 — Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop Lit
CENG 222 — Fairy Tales and Fantasies
CENG 602 — Women's Writing

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.

CLNG 112 — Spoken and Written Language

Experiential Learning Family Studies Family Supports

Individuals seeking admission to the certificate program are strongly encouraged to contact the academic coordinator, Catherine Moher, by email. For general information on the program, phone 416.979.5035 or attend an Open House session. For more information, visit

Family Supports

CVFS 401 — Contemporary Family Issues
CVFS 403 — Family Supports Theory and Practice
CVFS 406 — Guiding Children's Development
CVFS 408 — Practicum/Project


The following fashion courses offer you an eclectic mix of choices. Ranging from sewing and retail and merchandising issues to pattern drafting and fashion drawing, they are suited to both your professional and personal learning interests. For more information, visit


CDFC 103 — Design Fundamentals in Fashion
CDFC 105 — Fashion Shows and Special Events

Finance and Financial Planning

Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of finance, progress to a more advanced level, earn a professional designation, or develop expertise in specialized business applications, the following finance courses, along with the courses listed under accounting, will meet your needs. For more information, visit

All CFIN course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CFIN 300 — Managerial Finance I
CFIN 401 — Managerial Finance II
CFIN 502 — Personal Financial Planning
CFIN 512 — Risk Management and Insurance
CFIN 612 — Retirement and Estate Planning

Food and Nutrition Food Security French

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

French Studies

CFRS 602 — French Caribbean Literature and Culture

Fundraising Management

These courses provide a sound understanding of the role that fundraising can play in the charitable and voluntary sector. Interested students are encouraged to email Krishan Mehta, Academic Coordinator. For more information, visit

Fundraising Management

CVFM 202 — Donor Centered Fundraising
CVFM 203 — Fundraising Campaigns
CVFM 302 — Entrepreneurial Fundraising
CVFM 303 — Annual Giving Programs


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


CODA 110 — GIS Applications in Demography
CODG 101 — Spatial Databases and Digital Cartography
CODG 102 — Digital Geography and Spatial Analysis
CODG 124 — Digital Geography Applications in Business Decision-Making
CODG 125 — Digital Geography Applications for the Municipal Professional
CODG 131 — Issues and Innovations
CODG 132 — Customizing GIS Software: Applications Programming
CODG 136 — Web Mapping
CODG 211 — Advanced GIS Programming


These interdisciplinary courses cover topics concerned with aging and the promotion of quality of life for older adults. For more information, visit


CVGE 142 — Aging: Individual and Soc. Aspects
CVGE 143 — Aging: Ethical and Legal Consid.
CVGE 144 — Aging and Technology
CVGE 145 — Practicum Project Course
CVGE 205 — Evid. for Practice and Policy

Health Services Management

Health Services Management is a unique part-time program, the first of its kind in Canada. It is designed to meet the needs of present and aspiring managers in health service organizations. In keeping with Ryerson’s tradition of professionally relevant education, the program has been designed in close consultation with leading practitioners, employers, and professional associations. It provides education in management theory and practice which builds on previous professional education and experience. Individual courses in the Health Services Management part-time degree completion program are available to all Chang School students who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the health services management area. Courses examine the Canadian health system and the manager’s role in the health services organization. For more details about the part-time degree program, visit For more information, visit

Health Information Management

CHIM 300 — Managing Health Information Services
CHIM 301 — Healthcare Information Analysis
CHIM 305 — Introduction to Health Informatics
CHIM 306 — Healthcare Interoperability
CHIM 307 — Human-Computer Interfaces in Healthcare
CHIM 404 — Introduction to Health Economics
CHIM 408 — Statistics for Health Services Managers

Health Services Management

CHSM 301 — The Healthcare Systems
CHSM 305 — The Management Cycle
CHSM 306 — Management Leadership and Decision-Making
CHSM 307 — Principles of Long Term Care Service Del.
CHSM 330 — Managerial Epidemiology for Healthcare
CHSM 407 — Healthcare Financial Management
CHSM 408 — Program Planning and Evaluation
CHSM 417 — Research Methodology
CHSM 437 — Human Resources Management in Healthcare


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.


CHST 222 — The History of The Caribbean
CHST 503 — Crime and Punishment in Modern Canada
CHST 504 — War to War: World Conflict 1900-45
CHST 511 — Quebec in Canada: A History
CHST 533 — Africa Before 1850
CHST 540 — Espionage: A Modern History
CHST 604 — The Uneasy Peace: The Cold War, 1945-90
CHST 633 — Modern Africa
CHST 711 — Canada and the United States


If you are already active in the hospitality and tourism industry, the courses listed offer an ideal opportunity to upgrade your skills. If you are planning to pursue a career in hotel, resort, or restaurant management, they provide an excellent base for your professional development.

Hospitality and Tourism

CHTI 746 — Destination Management Systems

Human Resources

These courses give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in human resources management. With their intensive focus on contemporary issues and management techniques, they can help you upgrade your professional qualifications or prepare you to pursue accreditation in this challenging and rewarding field. For information about the Certificate in Human Resources Management, visit For information about the Certificate in Leadership in Organizations, visit

Human Resources
All CMHR course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CMHR 405 — Organizational Behaviour
CMHR 505 — Organizational Behaviour II
CMHR 523 — Human Resources Management
CMHR 640 — Leadership
CMHR 711 — Occupational Health and Safety

Interdisciplinary Studies

In the professional world of community services, no discipline or profession operates in isolation. The following courses, many of which are available by distance education, will develop your understanding of issues faced in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective. They will provide the knowledge and skills you need to work effectively across professional and disciplinary boundaries. For more information, visit

Interdisciplinary Studies

CINT 900 — Program Planning and Evaluation Strategies
CINT 901 — Gerontology: Critical Issues and Future Trends
CINT 902 — Disability Issues
CINT 904 — Health Promotion and Community Development
CINT 905 — Conflict Resolution in Community Services
CINT 907 — Team Work for Community Services
CINT 910 — First Nations Issues
CINT 911 — International Community Development
CINT 913 — Issues of Migration
CINT 914 — Settlement Experiences
CINT 915 — Responses to Migration
CINT 916 — Introduction to Fundraising
CINT 920 — Community Collaborations
CINT 922 — Intro to Aboriginal Worldviews


We offer courses in Journalism, Magazine and Web Publishing, and Publishing to meet the needs of today's students and professionals. Whether you are taking courses for personal interest or professional development, we are sure to have something for you. For more information, visit For information about the Certificate in News Studies, visit


CDJN 121 — Magazine Packaging
CDJN 206 — Creating Website Editorial

Landscape Design

Landscape Design combines the fields of art, science, and humanities. The certificate program offers an excellent education in the fundamental components that comprise the field of landscape design. Through course offerings, you will learn how to analyze, plan, design, manage, and sustain the built and natural environment. For more information, visit

Landscape Design

CKLA 300 — Landscape Design Communications and Theory
CKLA 310 — Landscape Construction, Materials and Methods
CKLA 320 — Plant Materials
CKLA 420 — Art and Management of Planting Design
CKLA 450 — Landscape Restoration


The following courses span a range of legal issues. Some investigate general legal principles, theories, and procedures; others, the laws that govern various industries and activities within those industries; and some, the law as it concerns consumer rights and protection, management and labour, or safety in the workplace. These courses are of value to professionals in any field who wish to understand the legal environment in which Canadian business is conducted.

All CLAW course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CLAW 122 — Business Law
CLAW 326 — Law for Health Managers
CLAW 401 — Information Access and Privacy Protection
CLAW 402 — Health Information Access and Privacy
CLAW 529 — Employment and Labour Law
CZLW 120 — Law for Forensics Professionals
CZLW 327 — Privacy By Design
CZLW 527 — Applying Privacy and Access


These courses and workshops introduce you to business basics: how companies are created, organized, and run to achieve their objectives. They will give you an excellent foundation, whether you plan to launch your own enterprise or simply want to understand the dynamics of a successful operation. Please note that many Ryerson courses have a management focus; consult the other listings in this calendar for specific areas of business expertise and specialization.

Entrepreneurship and Strategy
CENT course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CENT 500 — New Venture Startup
CENT 501 — Family Business in Canada
CENT 526 — Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Strategy
CENT 601 — Identifying Opportunities

Global Management Studies
All CGMS course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CGMS 200 — Introduction to Global Management
CGMS 401 — Operations Management
CGMS 522 — International Marketing
CGMS 691 — The Asian Business Environment
CGMS 692 — The European Business Environment
CGMS 723 — International Trade


There is scarcely any field of professional activity that does not require the expertise of a skilled and knowledgeable marketing specialist. The following courses can help you develop broad-based or industry-specific marketing skills, either to upgrade your present qualifications or as preparation for a new career. For more information, visit

All CMKT course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CMKT 100 — Principles of Marketing
CMKT 300 — Marketing Metrics and Analysis
CMKT 400 — Understanding Consumers and the New Media
CMKT 500 — Marketing Research
CMKT 510 — Innovations in Marketing
CMKT 723 — Marketing in the Service Industry

New Media

The following series of courses provides instruction that is relevant to new media production in business, in the communications industry, in architecture and interior design, and in education and the arts. Courses explore production concepts and the creative possibilities of composition, computer imaging, and many other aspects of new media.

Equipment/Facilities Use: Please note that equipment and facilities use outside of class time will not be provided.

Combined Media

CMPC 101 — Visual Studies I
CMPC 103 — Art and the Classical Tradition
CMPC 201 — Concepts and Theories

Media Studies

CFPN 542 — Design for Mobile Devices
CNPF 566 — History of Animation

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management Nursing

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in co-operation with the Ryerson School of Nursing, has been highly responsive to the needs identified by nurses for high-quality, accessible, degree-level educational opportunities. Credit courses are offered in three categories:

(a) degree-credit professional courses selected from the BScN program,

(b) prerequisite and professionally related elective arts courses, and

(c) specialized credit electives in the Certificate in Advanced Nursing Leadership and Management.

Nursing website: more information and resources are available online, including room numbers, regional access centre locations, course outlines, information on the 19- and 30-month part-time degree in Nursing, and the Nursing Academic Planner.

Please note that all nursing courses involve computer use. Students require access to a computer with Microsoft Windows (Windows 2003 minimum) and Internet Explorer.


CNUC 832 — Community Nursing
CNUR 600 — Epidemiology: Major Health Problems
CNUR 805 — The Evolution of Theoretical Knowledge
CNUR 810 — Concepts in Contemporary Nursing Practice
CNUR 816 — Health Assessment
CNUR 820 — Gerontological and Geriatric Nursing
CNUR 823 — Adult Health
CNUR 830 — Current Issues and Future Perspectives
CNUR 831 — Leadership Development for Practice
CNUR 833 — Organizational Context of Practice
CNUR 850 — Research Methods
CNUR 860 — Statistics and Nursing
CVNU 113 — Paediatric Health Assessment
CVNU 317 — Health and Social Policy
CVNU 322 — Computer and Information Management in Nursing
CVNU 370 — Change and Innovation

Occupational Health and Safety 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.


CMUS 101 — Intro to World and Early European Music


CPHL 214 — Critical Thinking I
CPHL 302 — Ethics and Health Care
CPHL 307 — Business Ethics
CPHL 509 — Bioethics
CPHL 550 — Knowledge, Truth and Belief
CPHL 606 — Philosophy of Love and Sex
CPHL 612 — Philosophy of Law

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.

Politics and Public Administration

CPPA 101 — Cdn Public Administration I: Institutions
CPPA 102 — Cdn Public Administration II: Processes
CPPA 120 — Canadian Politics and Government
CPPA 122 — Local Politics and Government
CPPA 125 — Rights, Equity and the State
CPPA 301 — Administrative Law

Project Management

These courses in project management provide you with an opportunity to acquire a level of knowledge and expertise that will permit you to contribute effectively to the management and the control of costs within any project environment.

Important Note: Students registered in the Project Management certificate should be aware that the Introductory Required Course (CTEC 210) is listed under the Technology Studies subject area.

For more information, visit

Project Management

CKPM 203 — Planning and Scheduling
CKPM 209 — Project Risk and Quality Management
CKPM 211 — Leadership in Project Management
CKPM 212 — Project Cost and Procurement Management
CKPM 213 — Management of Projects in the AEC
CKPM 216 — Project Management Internship
CKPM 217 — Agile Project Management
CKPM 219 — Mobile Project Management
CKPM 220 — Rescuing Failing Projects
CKPM 221 — From Technical to Managerial

Technology Studies

CTEC 210 — Fundamentals of Project Management


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.


CPSY 300 — Psychology and Law
CPSY 325 — Psychological Disorders
CPSY 607 — Drugs and Human Behaviour
CPSY 614 — Psychology of Sport
CPSY 682 — Sleep

Public Relations Publishing Retail Management

Far-reaching trends in everything from technology to philosophy have transformed the retail industry. Today you must keep a watchful eye on global advancements while you master electronic communications and devise strategies to keep one step ahead of the competition. Ryerson, the only university in Ontario to offer a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Retail Management, can prepare you. Our Retail Management program was designed with the input of industry leaders and blends the most modern aspects of retail with the traditional components. For more information, visit

Retail Management
All CRMG course fees include a $2.20 fee for materials.

CRMG 200 — Intro to Retail and Services Management
CRMG 301 — Retail Operations Management
CRMG 302 — Retail Consumer Insight
CRMG 303 — Service Quality Management
CRMG 400 — Buying Process I
CRMG 452 — Visual Merchandising and Space Planning
CRMG 806 — Retailer Perspectives on Category Management
CRMG 902 — Franchising
CRMG 907 — Relationship Marketing
CRMG 909 — Advanced Buying Process II
CRMG 910 — Omni-Channel Retailing
CRMG 911 — Retail Sales Management
CRMG 916 — Managing B2B Channels

Robotics and Embedded Systems

These components – mobile, miniature, or standard – are utlized in different types of applications, including telecommunications, power distribution, electrical and electronic products, transport, and factory, medical, or commercial automation systems. Embedded systems are present in a wide range of manufactured products and system components. The infusion of this technology is expected to grow at a phenomenal pace and has increased the demand for professionals who are technologists with simultaneous expertise in both software and hardware.

Important Note: Students registered in the Robotics and Embedded Systems certificate should be aware that the introductory course (CSCI 130) is listed under the Science subject area.

For more information, visit

Robotics and Embedded Systems

CKRE 110 — Digital Logic and Hardware Architecture
CKRE 120 — Programming Robotics Systems
CKRE 130 — Embedded Systems Hardware Architecture and Implementation
CKRE 140 — Real-Time Embedded Systems Programming
CKRE 150 — Emerging Issues in Robotics and Embedded Systems


CSCI 130 — Mobile Robotic Devices Embedded Systems

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.

Social Sciences and Humanities

COPH 200 — Ethics Capstone Course

Social Work

Your awareness of human diversity gives you insight – it's what motivates you in your fight to help solve social problems. If you want to work for social change in an urban environment, these courses are for you.

Social Work

CSWP 934 — Community Engagement Foundations
CSWP 935 — Engaging Diverse Communities
CSWP 936 — Community Engagement Practices
CSWP 937 — Community Engagement Capstone
CVSW 932 — Aboriginal Knowledges in Practice


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.


CSOC 103 — How Society Works
CSOC 202 — Popular Culture
CSOC 502 — Violence and the Family
CSOC 808 — Sociology of Food and Eating
CSOC 880 — Information Technology and Society
CSOC 885 — Women and Islam


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

Spanish Studies

CSPS 502 — Spanish Caribbean Literature and Culture

Spanning the Gaps

Through holistic and innovative transitional programming, Spanning the Gaps aims to provide an accessible pathway to post-secondary for adults and young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience higher education. For more information, visit

Spanning the Gaps

CYSG 110 — Academic Preparation

Sustainability Management

Sustainability is regarded as a global issue that will impact society and the world we live in. These courses provide you with an opportunity to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge of sustainability-related issues. For more information, visit

Sustainability Management

CKSS 100 — Fundamentals in Sustainability I
CKSS 101 — Fundamentals in Sustainability II
CKSS 210 — Lean Six Sigma Contin Improvement
CKSS 211 — Lean Six Sigma Sust Bus Enterprise

Urban and Regional Planning

Courses in Urban Planning are designed to prepare students with substantive knowledge about cities and regions, and with thinking and problem-solving skills for those who contribute as leaders in the community and the profession of urban and regional planning.


CVUP 110 — Digital Government and Civic Tech
CVUP 155 — LED Applied Research Project
CVUP 160 — Capstone Project in LED

Certificate Programs

We’re meeting the demand for distance education by developing new courses, available at a distance, every year. Students can choose from several certificate programs available entirely at a distance, as well as numerous programs that can be partially completed through study at a distance.

View our course offerings for:

Fully Online Certificates

Note: Please be aware that all courses are not scheduled every academic year; check the individual courses for up-to-date scheduling. Should you have any questions, contact us.

Blended Certificates (with online and classroom courses)

Course Series

The following course series can be completed fully at a distance.

Note: Please be aware that all courses are not scheduled every academic year; check the individual courses for up-to- date scheduling. Should you have any questions, contact us.

Part-Time Degrees

Part-time degree programs are designed to meet the needs of those students who choose to study at a time and pace more suited to their personal needs.

If you plan to use a Chang School course for credit in your part-time degree program, it is your responsibility to ensure that the course meets the specific requirements and restrictions of your program. Complete information about part-time degree programs, including admission criteria, promotion standards, and graduation requirements, can be found in the Part-Time Undergraduate Calendar. You may also contact Ryerson's ServiceHub directly.

Note: Please be aware that all courses are not scheduled every academic year; check the individual courses for up-to-date scheduling. Should you have any questions, contact us.

The Early Childhood Studies part-time degree completion program (third and fourth years) is available online, with the exception of a two-week residency on campus in the summer.

Part-time degree programs with courses available at a distance

Note: Many of the courses in these programs are available by distance education. Check the individual courses for availability and scheduling.

All Distance Courses by Title

The following is a list of all the courses which can be taken at a distance. Click the course code link to browse the course description and details.

All Distance Courses by Title