Social Sciences

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Meet your Advisors

Help is available for all Social Science students! If you would like to speak to an advisor feel free to contact them or schedule an appointment.  

Economics Academic Counsellor: Ferzeen Sammy (

Geography Academic Counsellor: Sabrina Ferrari (

Political Science Academic Counsellor: Norma Dotto (

Sociology Academic Counsellor: TBD

Preparing for Social Sciences

At the Social Science Departments, we want to encourage you to participate in two opportunities created specifically for YOU: Social Sciences Orientation @ O-Week, and LAUNCH! We have seen how these programs have benefited our students in the past and cannot recommend them more. Be sure to register soon to reserve your spots.

Social Sciences Departmental Orientation (Economics, Geography, Political Science):

Register for O-Week here!

Sociology Departmental Orientation:

Register for O-Week here!

Everyone is encouraged to attend this important orientation event. Meet other new students, first year faculty, and learn about academic expectations. 

utm103H5F LAUNCH: Humanities and Social Science

Date: Weekly during the Fall term
Time and Room: There are 6 sections to choose from!
Register: Register for utm103H5F on ACORN.

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Whenever starting a new journey, there are always tips and tricks to making that journey easier and more fun. Who's better at providing these tips and tricks than someone who has already been through the entire experience?

LAUNCH pairs you with a successful upper-year mentor in your academic discipline to assist you in transitioning successfully to UTM.

Here’s how LAUNCH can help you as a Social Sciences student:

  • Are you interested in meeting people studying in your field?
  • Do you want to develop your critical and creative thinking?
  • Would you like to learn how to be academically successful?
  • Do you want to find out about campus resources available to students?
  • Do you want make friends and learn about ways to relax and have fun on campus?

LAUNCH is not-for-credit - there is no homework, assignments, or tests! Instead, earn a notation on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) for completing, in addition to learning some valuable skills, making friends, and having a good time!

Don’t miss out on all the fun! LAUNCH into your UTM experience with us!

Program Entry Requirements

Choosing a Subject POSt

Students request their programs at the end of their first year, as all UofT students are admitted to a general first year program (such as Life Sciences or Humanities). You need to complete a minimum of 4.0 credits as well as any other program enrollment criteria (such as CGPA) before you can be considered for entry into a program. Please refer to the Subject POSt Guide for more information.

Social Sciences Program Requirements

Once you have or expect to complete at least 4.0 credits, you need to select your programs. 

You may choose any minimum program combination of your choice and this means if you were admitted to social sciences, you are not limited to selecting social science programs.  It is up to you which programs you choose and yes, you can combine a social science program with a humanities program, or humanities with a science program. Or if you decide your interests have changed and you want to change programs altogether, that is fine too. Just make sure you have the pre-requisite courses for the programs you want; you can find this information in the Academic Calendar

Program Advising: Department Contact Information

Do you have questions about the program or programs you are considering? Are there program entry issues, or do you have questions about pre-requisites?  Or maybe you just want to make sure you are on track for your program. Each department has an undergraduate advisor/counsellor/administrative assistant you can contact. You can find their contact information in the Academic Calendar under each program section. Again, see the Academic Calendar


What Courses to Take: Take a look at the Academic Calendar to see the large variety of programs that we offer. 

Consider your strengths, your interests and your long term goals.  Then select the first year recommended courses towards those programs.   Make sure you have the pre-requisites if there are any. If you have no idea, then choose a variety of different first year courses to get a feel of what you might want to select as a program after completing 4.0 credits.  Make sure to look out for enrolment controls on the online timetable; some courses have priority or may be restricted.

Getting Involved with Your Department

Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Beyond

Through the Professional Writing and Communication (PWC) Program, UTM students from any faculty can submit their narrative and creative non-fiction pieces to Mindwaves, PWC`s journal. UTM students can also submit research-based journalistic articles to Compass, their research-focussed journal. Get published and show what you`ve accomplished to your friends and family! Find Mindwaves & Compass on Facebook.

The Medium, UTM`s student newspaper, is always looking for volunteers to write articles or take photos. Learn more about getting involved with The Medium at their website.

More journals! Prandium: the Journal of Historical Studies at University of Toronto Mississauga welcomes scholarly submissions from undergraduate students on subjects relative to Historical Studies and its related disciplines. Read the latest issue and learn more here.

Academic Societies

There are also many other opportunities through your student societies: the Political Science & Pre-Law Association (PSLA) run a practise LSAT in October in addition to many social events, the Undergraduate Economics Society (UEC, page currently unavailable) hosts case competitions and networking events, the Student Association of Geography and Environment (SAGE) hosts many social events and workshops, and the Sociology and Criminology Society has an annual lecture series, panels of legal professionals, and film screenings. Get involved with other student organizations by visiting the ULife Website.

Get Help

Have more questions? Visit your Department Website.

Find us!

Department of Economics
Innovation Complex Room KN3274
Phone: (905) 828-5257

Department of Geography
Davis Building, Room DV3284

Department of Political Science
Davis Building, Room DV3125
Phone: (905) 828-3921

Department of Sociology
Davis Building, Room DV3218
Phone: 905-569-4288

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