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Strengthen your application for a full-time undergraduate degree with the Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities Foundations. From the degree-credit courses, you will gain a sense of what studying social sciences and humanities in university is like, without having to fully commit to a degree program. Once you’re ready to move forward in your academic journey, many of the courses can be transferred as credits to college and university degree programs. Invest in yourself and develop university-level skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and writing with this flexible certificate program.

Industry and Careers
A wide range of professions and industries require the foundational skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and writing that the social sciences and humanities provide. Those who have acquired these creative, analytical, and communication skills are better able to shift across a changing employment landscape as well as upward within their profession.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals who are interested in exploring degree-credit courses in social sciences and humanities before formally applying to university
  • Individuals who are looking to strengthen their application to a full-time undergraduate degree program

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 help you develop and enhance your skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, research, writing, and presenting your ideas.

Elective courses cover a wide range of topics in the social sciences and humanities, allowing you to explore specific areas that interest you that you may want to pursue academically or professionally.

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+

*Students may select a course in Arabic (CARB), American Sign Language (CASL), Chinese (CCHN), French (CFRE), or Spanish (CSPN) 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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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

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

OR

  • Mature student status

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 Client Services.

Email:  ce@ryerson.ca

Additional Details

Courses

Students may select a course in Arabic (CARB), American Sign Language (CASL), Chinese (CCHN), French (CFRE), or Spanish (CSPN) as part of this category. However, an online placement test is required; visit the Department’s website for details.