Humanities (HBA)

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Studies in the Humanities cultivate critical thinking, logic and communication through the exploration of cultures, languages, literatures, philosophy and history. Humanities courses show how these diverse forms of human knowledge and experience are interconnected while laying a foundation for success in the study of other fields, such as business and the sciences. The Humanities are a dynamic option offering a truly international focus and leading to a wide variety of exciting careers.

"What I learned from my first few years in university is that I enjoy learning about humans through different lenses. Through my academic programs, I can see the evolution of humans and how our society and culture has changed over the years. I am so happy to have this renewed passion and enthusiasm for my studies."
- Erika, 4th year, Major in English, Double Minor in French Studies and Anthropology

Programs & Requirements

OUAC Program Code: TMH
Approximate Grade Range: Mid to high 70s (based on six Grade 12 "U" or "M" courses, including English (ENG4U) or equivalent)
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Program & Prerequisites Program Options

Art & Art History*

* U of T degree plus Sheridan College diploma earned.

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

Art History

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Canadian Studies

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Classical Civilization

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Cinema Studies

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

Creative Writing

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

Diaspora & Transnational Studies

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Dramaturgy and Drama Studies 
(formerly Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Education Studies

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

English

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

English Language Linguistics

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

Ethics, Law & Society

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

French Studies

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Functional French

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

History

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

History and Political Science

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

History of Religions

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Italian

(rec. Ita)

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Latin American & Caribbean Studies

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

Linguistics

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Philosophy

YesSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor

Philosophy of Science

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

South Asian Humanities

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

Teaching & Learning: French

(rec. Fr)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

Teaching & Learning: French & Italian

(rec. Fr, Ita)

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Teaching & Learning: Italian

(rec. Ita)

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
NoMinor

Visual Culture

NoSpecialist
NoMajor
YesMinor

Visual Culture & Communication

YesSpecialist
NoMajor
NoMinor

Women & Gender Studies

NoSpecialist
YesMajor
YesMinor


Exciting Opportunities

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World-class Faculty

At UTM, world-class experts teach their specialty areas. Our researchers make key contributions to science, social science, culture and humanities in Canada and globally. You can read about some of their exceptional work online.

Communication

Elective Language Courses

UTM offers a broad range of elective language courses, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Hindi, Latin, Persian, Sanskrit, Spanish and Urdu. Students can earn a Language Citation, an official recognition on a student's transcript.

Development Skill

Experiential Education

Experiential learning opportunities have been growing in number at UTM, and encompass many types of practical learning, or "learning by doing." Opportunities include community service, internship or practicum placement, and project research.


Courses You Would Love

Two Hearts

Bad Romance (ENG277H5)

This course covers romances of the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, ranging from the amatory (stories about love, longing, and desire) to the fantastic (the supernatural and fantasy).

Autumn

The History of Canada (HIS263Y5)

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of history students, those preparing to teach and others who want to benefit from a full lecture course and weekly tutorials.

Language

Bilingualism and Multiple Language Acquisition (LIN388H5)

This course examines simultaneous and successive second (and multiple) language acquisition by children. We will look at such topics as the bilingual brain, the nature of the input, and more.

Bot

Minds and Machines (PHL240H5)

Can machines think and feel? Are human beings simply very complicated organic machines? These questions are discussed in the light of recent work on the simulation of intelligence and purposive behaviour.


Discover Your Potential

Ashley Yoannou

Ashley Yoannou, HBA, History and English, Class of 2012

A graduate from the Class of 2012, Ashley Yoannou holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with High Distinction as a History Specialist with an English Minor. After convocation, Yoannou returned to the Department of Historical Studies as a graduate intern, in addition to working with a professor as a research assistant. 

Read more about Ashley Yoannou

 

Katherine Rehner

Katherine Rehner, Associate Professor, Language Studies

Is it ça va or quoi de neuf? For a native French speaker, the choice is easy; an unconscious lightning-quick assessment of the social situation, its level of formality, and the image the speaker wishes to portray. Yet for a student learning the language, even a simple greeting can be fraught with the potential of social censure.

Read more about Katherine Rehner

 

Queer in the Suburbs

Queer in the Suburbs: Hidden histories of Peel Region

“Groundbreaking” research from U of T Mississauga is creating a new record of the unique experiences of LGBTQ2+ people living in Canada’s suburbs. The Queer Peel Oral History Project collects first-person oral histories from current and former LGBTQ2+ residents of  Peel Region and establishes an important new archive of suburban queer experiences.

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Even More to Explore

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Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

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Created by our Career Centre, the Careers by Major database identifies some potential career fields, how to gain related skills and experience, and useful resources and job samples. But always remember, your program of study doesn't have to determine your career!

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On this edition of the View to the U podcast, we are talking mapping borders and territories and its impact on identities in Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with Professor Julie MacArthur, an Assistant Professor in U of T Mississauga's Department of Historical Studies. 

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Chart Legend: Bio = Biology
C = Calculus & Vectors
Ch = Chemistry
F = Advanced Functions
Fr = French
Ita = Italian
M = Mathematics of Data Management
Math = One of the Grade 12 U Maths
Ph = Physics
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, = and
rec. = recommended
approx. = approximate

Sp = Specialist program
Ma = Major program
Mi = Minor program