Are you…

  • An incoming student choosing your first-year courses?
  • A current student looking for courses to complete your breadth requirement?

We want to help you choose great breadth courses!

Start here: download this Choosing Great Breadth Courses worksheet to help you navigate this information and figure out how breadth courses can contribute to your undergraduate experience.

Familiar with breadth requirement?

Explore potential breadth courses and examples of how other students in your area of study have chosen breadth courses that are meaningful, exciting, and help them meet their goals.

Potential breadth courses

Most programs (specialists, majors, and minors) will offer courses in more than one breadth category. Once you’ve identified courses within your program that you might use to complete your breadth requirements, you may wish to consult the following lists of courses. Please note that these lists are not comprehensive — you can complete your breadth requirement with courses not on this list.

How have other students in your area of study completed their breadth requirement?

The scenarios linked below depict how individual students completed their breadth requirements and some of the issues they considered in selecting their courses.

These scenarios are not intended as recommendations for students in these or similar programs, but instead as illustrations of some of the ways in which students can select breadth courses that both fulfill degree requirements and enhance their educational experience.

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Need to learn more about the breadth requirement?

Why a breadth requirement?

The University of Toronto is one of only a few Canadian universities where science, social science, and humanities fields are combined together and offered by a single Faculty.
Because we have this special diversity, your degree requirements make sure that you have not only studied in depth (through your program of study) but also have experienced a range of fields (through the breadth requirement).


The breadth requirement has several goals:

  • To allow you to explore courses and interests outside your program of study
  • To introduce you to other ways of looking at topics, from a range of fields; and
  • To encourage you to think about how different disciplines look at the same topic, and to let you explore topics from an interdisciplinary perspective

The breadth requirement

Students who began their studies in September 2010 or later must take at least 4.0 credits in courses that have been designated as satisfying the Breadth Requirement across five categories.

These areas are thematic and are determined by the topic and approach of the course, rather than the field in which the course is delivered, and represent the wide areas of study available in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

You must complete courses in at least four of these five categories. You can fulfill this requirement by completing at least 1.0 credit (one full-year (Y) or two half (H) courses) in each of any 3 of the 5 categories, and may complete the final 1.0 credit either by completing 1.0 credit in a fourth category, or 0.5 credits in each of the remaining two categories.

If a course is labelled in the Calendar with one or more of these categories, that course can count towards the breadth requirement. If a course is not assigned a breadth category, it cannot be used to fulfill breadth requirements.

Any course labelled with a breadth category that you take as part of your program of study (POSt) can count towards the breadth requirement. Most students can complete breadth requirements in at least two categories through your program of study.

Full breadth regulations are included in the Arts & Science calendar.

Breadth categories

    1. Courses in Creative & Cultural Representations (CCR) explore cultural products (including art, language, literature, music, dance, drama and other forms of creative expression) and their meanings.
    1. Courses in Thought, Belief and Behaviour (TBB) focus on the formation and function of systems of meaning, belief, and communication.
    1. Courses in Society and Its Institutions (SII) focus on societal organization, institutions, and systems, and the theories and models used to understand them.
    1. Courses in Living Things and Their Environment (LTE) explore the relation between organisms and their natural surroundings, and the ability to make and evaluate observations about living things.
    1. Courses in the Physical and Mathematical Universes (PMU) allow students to develop and apply an understanding of the physical world and mathematical models.

For further details on breadth categories the goals of the breadth requirement, please see the Arts & Science Faculty Council Proposal for New Breadth Requirement discussion document.