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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Overview

Choosing Your Major

Your academic major is the program of study in which you are most interested. Each program has required and/or recommended courses for your first year of study. Before enrolling, consult the program requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar. Interested in two majors? You can combine two areas of study in a Combined Honours (or Double Major) four-year program. In the first term, you should take the courses listed for both programs. In addition, you should plan to meet with advisors in both areas of study to ensure your course selections meet all requirements.

Choosing a Minor

In addition to your major, you can also gain an advantage by including a “minor” in your academic major. A minor is an area of supplementary specialization (generally 6 specific courses in an area of study). Tailor a university experience that is unique to you!

Choosing a Certificate

You might also be interested in taking courses toward a certificate (generally 8-10 specific courses). Certificate programs within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) include: Arts Management; Law and Politics; North American Studies; Public Administration; Second Language Education; Women’s and Gender Studies; and Work and Employment Issues.

Discovering Your Interests (Undeclared Major)

Your undergraduate years are a time of discovery—of who you are, your strengths, and what your passion is in life. If you are unsure in what you want to major, you can register as an “Undeclared Major” in your first year of study. This will give you the opportunity to try different subject areas and discover your real interests. To help you, we require all Undeclared Majors to seek academic advising at the university’s Student Success Centre, and in the departments in which you have a particular interest. As an Undeclared Major, you should take Understanding the Contemporary World (GART 1200: double-credit course in Fall semester), a course specifically designed to help you develop and explore your own university skills.

Effective Writing

All first-year students in a FAHSS program must take Effective Writing I (GART 1500 in the Fall semester and Effective Writing II in the Winter semester.) (English majors are exempt from Effective Writing II.) These foundational courses are designed to help you develop the writing skills you need to succeed in your university courses. The Effective Writing courses include an online component, as well as a weekly, on-campus class component.

Additional Course Options

Arts courses include those offered in: Dramatic Art; English; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Philosophy; and the Creative Arts. You may take one or two of these courses in your first year of study. Here are some suggested Arts courses:

  • INCS 1370 Introduction to German, Italian and Spanish Literature
  • GRST 1200 Introduction to Roman Civilization
  • GRST 2110 Greek Prose
  • GRST 2111 Greek Poetry
  • GRST 2210 Latin Prose
  • GRST 2211 Latin Poetry
  • GRST 2000 Topics in Classical Culture
  • DRAM 1110 Theatre in Contemporary Culture
  • DRAM 1300 Theatre History I
  • ENGL 1039 Writing Creatively
  • ENGL 1289 Women and Literature
  • ENGL 1409 Topics in Literature
  • ARHS 1500 Contemporary Visual Culture
  • PHIL 1100 Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • PHIL 1120 Philosophy and Human Nature
  • PHIL 1290 Contemporary Moral Issues
  • PHIL 1300 Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • PHIL 1600 Reasoning Skills
  • CNMA 1100 Fundamentals of Film Theory and Aesthetics

Social Science courses include those offered in: Anthrozoology; Communication, Media and Film; History; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Women’s and Gender Studies; and Work and Employment. Social Science courses you might take in your first year of study:

  • ANZO 1600 Animals and Humans in Society (also offered as an Arts course)
  • DISB 1000 Social Justice in Action
  • WGST 1400 Queer Activism (also offered as WGST 1400)
  • CMAF 1010 Introduction to Media and Society
  • CMAF 1400 Introduction to Film Studies
  • HIST 1130 Europe Encounters the World: Facing Islam, 8th-15th Century
  • HIST 1230 The World in the 20th Century 1914-1945
  • POLS 1000 Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics
  • POLS 1200 Space, Place, and Scale: Foundations of Human Geography
  • POLS 1300 Comparative Politics in a Changing World
  • PSYC 1150 Introduction to Psychology as a Behavioural Science
  • PSYC 1160 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
  • SWRK 1170 Meeting Human Needs through Social Welfare
  • SACR 1000 Understanding Social Life
  • SACR 1100 Foundations of Social Life
  • WGST 1000 Women in Canadian Society
  • WGST 1600 Women and Religion (can also be counted as an Arts course)
  • WGST 1200 Gal Pals: Women and Friendship (can also be counted as an Arts course)
  • WORK 1000 Labour and Social Movements in Canadian Society
  • WORK 1500 Working for a Living

Note: Courses in all languages listed above that may be used to satisfy language requirements include: XXXX-1000, XXXX-1010, XXXX-1020, XXXX-2000, XXXX-2010, XXXX-2020, XXXX-3000, XXXX-3010. All French Studies courses count as language requirements. ARAB-1100 and ARAB-1110 also count as language requirements. All other courses in any language listed above count only as Arts courses.

Put some music in your life and earn academic credit! Each of these courses counts as one-half (0.5) credit:

  • MUSP 2100 University Singers (by audition)
  • MUSP 2200 University Wind Ensemble (by audition)
  • MUSP 2400 Jazz Ensemble (by audition)
  • MUSP 3100 Chamber Choir (by audition)

Contact the School of Creative Arts, Ext. 2829, or email for more information. Private lessons (full or half credit): 60- or 30-minute lessons in classical or jazz/pop for all instruments/voices. Audition required; fees apply. Other music courses available, subject to availability and instructor approval.

Interested in Visual Arts? Our foundational Studio courses have a limited number of places for non-majors each semester:

  • VSAR 1050 Studio Practice and Ideas/Space
  • VSAR 1060 Studio Practice and Ideas/Image
  • VSAR 1070 Studio Practice and Ideas/Drawing
  • VSAR 1080 Studio Practice and Ideas/Time-Based

Contact the School of Creative Arts, Ext. 2829, or email for more information. Private lessons (full or half credit): 60- or 30-minute lessons in classical or jazz/pop for all instruments/voices. Audition required; fees apply. Other music courses available, subject to availability and instructor approval.

Science courses include those offered in: Biological Sciences; Computer Science; Earth & Environmental Sciences; Mathematics & Statistics; and Physics. Suggested Science courses for majors in FAHSS programs:

  • ECON 2000 Life Choices and Economics
  • BIOL 1000 Biology of Organisms
  • FRSC 1100 Introductory Crime Scene Investigation
  • FRSC 2010 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • COMP 1047 Computer Concepts for End-Users
  • COMP 2067 Programming in C for Beginners
  • MATH 1780 Access to Differential Calculus
  • MATH 1280 Access to Linear Algebra
  • PHYS 1000 Introduction to Astronomy I
  • PHYS 1010 Introduction to Astronomy II
  • ESCI 1120 Introduction to Geomorphology
  • ESCI 1100 Atmosphere and Climate
  • ESCI 1200 Natural Hazards and Disasters

Most programs in FAHSS have Language or Science requirements. There are many Language courses open to students who have no previous knowledge of the language, including:

  • German (GRMN 1020 and GRMN 2020)**
  • Italian (ITLN 1020 and ITLN 2020)**
  • Latin (LATN 1200)
  • Spanish (SPAN 1020 and SPAN 2020)**

** These are intensive double-credit courses.

French: Students with Grade 11 “U” French can take FREN 1140 (Preparatory French: Intermediate Level II). Students with Grade 12 “U” French can take FREN 1210 (French Language Training I) followed by FREN 1220 (French Language Training II). Students may also take FREN 1410 (Introduction to Literary Studies). Use your language skills to go on an exchange program at a foreign university in Year 3, a great asset when you look for a job!

If you already have some language background, call the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ext. 2888 for placement into a more advanced language course.

Note: Suggested courses listed in this overview may be offered in the Fall, Winter or both terms. Students should check available offerings when planning and selecting courses.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out which courses to take or if you’re not sure if you’re on the right track reach out to us for help. Talk to an academic advisor if you have program specific questions, and for general inquiries you can ask.UWindsor.

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