First year course selection
New Student Course Selection
The first thing that you need to do is read the "BA Program" page of the Registration Guide for New Students.
In the Handbook, you will find important information about the courses you must take, including information about BA Distribution requirement courses. Please note that some GEOG courses are social sciences, and some are natural/mathematical sciences. Also note that our "First Year Seminar" courses (code: UNIV*1200) can be used to fulfill any of the BA Distribution categories (social science, arts/humanities, or natural/mathematical sciences).
Alternate delivery formats (online course offerings)
There are two delivery methods for online courses: asynchronous, and synchronous:
Asynchronous (AD-A) learning happens without the need for real-time interaction. Your instructor will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments and assessments with deadlines, and you can access the material and satisfy these requirements based on your own schedule; you do not need to log in at specific times.
One example of asynchronous learning at U of G is Distance Education (DE), which uses a variety of tools and resources to provide students with an enriched and flexible online learning experience.
Synchronous (AD-S) learning is the kind of learning that happens in real time. This means that you, your classmates, and your instructor interact through a specific online medium (e.g., Zoom), at a specific time (e.g., 9:30 to 10:20, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).
Required First Year Courses by Specialization
Below is more detailed course selection information for each specialization. When choosing your courses, you should also consult the Schedule of Studies (list of required courses) and Course descriptions for each subject area. The list of all the required courses for areas of concentration, majors and minors are found here.
Note: the semesters that courses are offered in can be subject to change, based on departmental discretion.
Anthropology (regular and co-op)
- ANTH*1150 is offered every semester but it is recommended that it be taken in your first semester.
- ARTH*1510 is only offered in fall semester and ARTH*1520 is only offered in winter semester.
- CLAS*1000 is offered both fall and winter semesters. It is recommended that you take this course in your first semester.
- GREK*1100 is offered in the winter and cannot be taken if you have taken Greek at secondary school (Level 4). If you have achieved this level at secondary school, you would proceed directly to GREK*1110 – offered in the fall semester. You do not receive credit for GREK*1100 toward your degree. You would need to take another acceptable Classics course to replace this requirement.
- LAT*1100/LAT*1110 - same as above (with respect to language proficiency) although the LAT*1100 course is offered in the fall.
Criminal Justice and Public Policy (regular and co-op)
- There are two 1000 level courses required: PHIL*1010 and SOC*1500.
- PHIL*1010 and SOC*1500 are offered both fall and winter semesters
Culture and Technology Studies
- CTS1000 is offered in fall only
Economics (regular and Co-op)
- ECON*1050 and ECON1100 are both offered in fall and winter and can be taken in any order. In the fall, 1050 is in class and 1100 is online and then in winter 1050 is online and 1100 is in class.
- It is also recommended that you take the required MATH in your first semester as well – you can choose from MATH*1030, MATH*1080, or MATH*1200.
- It is important to take ENGL*1080 in the fall semester but it is also offered in the winter semester. There may be a restriction on this course which allows only students in the BA program to add the course.
- ENGL*1030, ENGL*1200, and ENGL*1410 are elective courses for those who have an interest in the subject area and can also be used towards completing an English specialization.
Environmental Governance (regular and co-op)
- ECON*1050 is offered in both semesters – in the fall it is in class and it is online in the winter.
- GEOG*1220 and GEOG*1350 are typically offered both fall and winter
- INDG1000 is offered in both the fall and winter semesters
- EURO*1100 is only offered in the fall semester. It is strongly recommended that you take EURO*1100 in your first semester.
- You should take one course from your chosen language (French, German, Italian or Spanish). Please refer to the European Studies Schedule of Studies (www.uoguelph.ca/undergrad_calendar/c10/c10ba-eurs.shtml) and the course description section (www.uoguelph.ca/undergrad_calendar/c12/index.shtml) of the Undergraduate Calendar.
- If European Business is your intended Area of Emphasis, ECON*1050 should be taken in the first semester
- If European Culture and Civilization is chosen, you may wish to take one course at the 1000 level from the acceptable lists
Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (regular and co-op)
- AGR*1110 is offered in the fall semester (this course is worth 1.0 credit)
- FARE*1300 and FARE*1400 (this course is worth 1.0 credit) are offered only in the winter semester
- ECON*1050 can be taken in the fall semester.
- One of MATH*1080, MATH*1030 – offered fall and winter or MATH*1200 –offered in the fall are needed as well
- FREN*1200 is the course you would take in your first semester if you have 4U core French and it is the prerequisite for FREN1300 which you can take in winter.
- If you have graduated from a secondary school French Immersion program, you will be starting with FREN*1300.
- If you wish to specialize in French and do not have 4U core French, there are French courses offered to provide you with the necessary background to prepare you to take FREN*1200. You should consult the course descriptions (http://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c12/c12fren.shtml) and the French Studies department for further information.
Geography (regular and co-op)
- There are three first year required courses - GEOG*1200, GEOG*1220 and GEOG*1300
- There is no specific sequence of how these courses should be taken as they are different from each other
- GEOG*1220 and GEOG*1300 are offered fall and winter, GEOG*1200 is *only* offered in fall
History (regular and co-op)
- HIST*1050 is the only required first year course and it can be taken in either fall or winter but it is recommended that you take it in the first semester
- HIST*1010 and HIST*1150 are optional electives and are offered in both the fall and winter semesters
International Development Studies (regular and co-op)
- IDEV1000 can be taken in either fall or winter
- During the first semester you may also be choosing a course from your intended Area of Emphasis (if necessary) -It is also *recommended* (not required) that ID students pursue an additional language
Justice and Legal Studies (regular and co-op)
- JLS1000 is offered in the fall *only*
- One of ANTH*1150 and SOC*1100 are required. These courses are offered in both fall and winter semesters.
Mathematical Economics (regular and co-op)
- CIS1500 is recommended for semester 1 (is offered fall and winter)
- ECON*1050 should be taken in the first semester and ECON*1100 in the second semester.
- MATH*1200 should be taken in the first semester and MATH*1210 in the second semester Mathematical Science
- MATH*1160 and MATH*1200 should be taken in the fall.
- For the Economics area of emphasis, you should also take ECON*1050 and ECON*1100 in the fall and winter in any order
- MUSC*1180 and MUSC1060 (core courses) are offered both fall and winter, however it is advised to take MUSC1180 in the fall
- MUSC*1500(applied Music) is an elective course and requires an audition. You should contact the School of Fine Art and Music during the first week of September to arrange an audition time.
- There are four first year Philosophy courses available each fall and winter semester - PHIL*1000, PHIL*1010, PHIL*1030 and PHIL*1050
- Any one of these courses can be taken as preparation for upper level courses
- You can take more than one of these courses however, only **two classes (1.0 credit)** can be used towards a specialization in PHIL
Political Science (regular and co-op)
- POLS*1150 is the only required first year course and it is offered both fall and winter semesters. It is recommended that you take it in your first semester.
- POLS*1500 is not required but can be taken as elective. It is offered in the fall semester only.
Psychology (regular and co-op)
- PSYC*1000, PSYC*1010, and PSYC*1500 are all required courses and are offered in both fall and winter.
- PSYC1000 is a prerequisite for PSYC1010. Thus, PSYC*1000 should be taken in the fall semester and PSYC*1010 should be taken in the winter semester. PSYC*1500 can be taken in either the fall or winter semester.
- Both ANTH*1150 and SOC*1100 are required. It is recommended that you take one in each of the fall and winter semesters. These courses are offered both semesters and it does not matter which course you take first.
Spanish and Hispanic Studies
- Depending on your secondary school background, you could start with either HISP*1100, HISP*1110 or HISP*2000. All of these courses are offered in both the fall and winter semesters.
- For further information about which course to take, you should consult the course descriptions http://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c12/c12span.shtml and the Spanish Studies department (519-824-4120 ext. 53883).
- EURO*1100, LAT*1100, and LING1000 can be used towards a major, minor, or area of concentration.
- SART*1050 and SART*1060 are required first year courses and are offered fall and winter (you cannot do both courses at the same time). It does not matter which course is taken first but it is recommended that they be completed during the first year.
- ARTH*1510 is only offered in the fall semester and ARTH*1520 is only offered in the winter semester – you just need to choose one of these for your major (although it is fine if you choose to complete both)
- THST*1040 is required for all Theatre Studies specializations and is offered both fall and winter semesters however, it is recommended that you take it in the first semester
- THST*1190 and THST*1270 are also required. These courses are only offered in the winter.
- THST*1200 – offered in fall can be used as an elective towards a THST specialization or Undeclared Major
- During the first semester, a variety of courses should be chosen from the arts and social science areas that are of interest to you (see the Registration Handbook for New Students for the subjects that meet these areas). By taking different courses, you will have the opportunity to explore potential specializations. You are still on track for a B.A. degree by doing this!