Choosing courses & programs

The course selection procedures differ by faculty and it is your student’s responsibility to read carefully all of the instructions and requirements. At first glance, the course selection materials appear daunting. Don’t worry, help is available at their campus, faculty or college.

Generally, Arts and Science students should select their courses in first year with a view to keeping as many options open as possible. Many may not know yet what specialist, major or minor program they want to take. Others may think that they know what they want to take and/or have their sights set on a professional or graduate school, but during their undergraduate years will change their minds. Perhaps the subject they thought they wanted did not turn out to be what they had expected; or perhaps they discover a new area of study they did not know about prior to admission. Be prepared to support your student through this period of exploration and changes in direction as they discover their true passions.

The University of Toronto offers a vast number of courses in seemingly countless subjects, allowing students to create a university experience based on their personal interests and future goals. Students will participate in classes taught by leaders in the field and join a community of scholars who enrich their education along the way.

Choosing courses & programs