Distribution Requirements

As part of your degree requirements, you will need to complete: 1.0 credit in Science, 1.0 credit in Social Science, and 1.0 credit in Humanities before you graduate. Between your first year and final year of study, some courses that you completed for your program requirements may also be used to fulfill distribution requirements.

For example, if you are completing majors in Psychology and Sociology, your Science and Social Science distribution credits will be done through your program requirements. In the above example, you would then need to take 1.0 Humanities credit in order to complete all Distribution Requirements.

Managing Your GPA

If you are concerned that a course may negatively impact your CGPA, you may want to consider using the Credit/No Credit option as long as the course is not a program requirement.

If you came to UTM with transfer credits from another institution, please see an Academic Advisor so we can help you determine which distribution credits you may already have, since transfer credits can also fulfill Distribution Requirements.

Search for Distribution Requirements

Click on one of the links below to find a filtered list to help you begin your search for courses in Humanities, Social Science, or Science on the Academic Calendar website. Once you're there, you can use the additional features for a more advanced search.

Suggested Courses

Choose courses that align with your personal strengths and interests. The suggested courses below are only a few examples, and we encourage you to explore the Academic Calendar to expand your search.

HumanitiesSocial ScienceScience
  • Art and Art History
  • Cinema Studies
  • Classical Civilization
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Language course
  • History
  • History of Religions
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Culture
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Most Anthropology courses
  • Diaspora and Transnational Studies
  • Most Geography courses
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • CCIT
  • Professional Writing


  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Communications
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

The suggested courses below do not have any Grade 12 or university level pre-requisites.


  • CIN101H5 - An Introduction to Cinema Studies
  • CLA201H5 - Latin and Greek in Scientific Terminology
  • ENG100H5 - Effective Writing
  • ENG101H5 - How to Read Critically
  • ENG102H5 - How to Research Literature
  • ENG105H - Introduction to World Literatures
  • FAH101H5 - Introduction to Art History
  • LIN101H5 - Introduction to General Linguistics: The Sounds of Language
  • LIN102H5 - Introduction to General Linguistics: Words, Sentences, their Structure and Meaning
  • LIN204H5 - English Grammar I
  • PHL103H5 - Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
  • PHL113H5 - Introduction to Philosophy: Persons and Value
  • PHL204H5 - Philosophy in Everyday Life
  • PHL239H5 - Critical Reasoning
  • RLG101H5 - Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • VCC101H5 - Introduction to Visual Culture
  • WGS101H5 - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS200Y5 - Theories in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • All Language Courses

Social Science

  • ANT102H5 - Introduction to Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANT208H5 - The Culture Machine: The Anthropology of Everyday Life
  • ANT209H5 - War, Trade and Aid: The Anthropology of Global Intervention
  • ANT212H5 - Who am I? Topics in Identity and Difference
  • CCT109H5 - Contemporary Communication Technologies
  • CCT110H5 - Rhetoric and Media
  • GGR111H5 - Human Geography
  • GGR252H5 - Retail Geography
  • SOC100H5 - Introduction to Sociology
  • WRI173H5 - Creative Non-Fiction
  • All Political Science Courses


  • ANT101H5 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
  • ANT210H5 - Fantasies, Hoaxes and Misrepresentations of the Ancient World
  • ANT211H5 - Sex, Evolution and Behaviour
  • AST101H5 - Exploring the Solar System
  • AST201H5 - Exploring the Universe
  • BIO201H5 - The Biology Behind the News
  • BIO211H5 - The History of Our Living Planet
  • CSC104H5 - The Why and How of Computing
  • ENV100Y5 - The Environment
  • ERS111H5 - Earth, Climate & Life
  • ERS101H5 - Planet Earth
  • GGR112H5 - Physical Geography
  • PHY100H5 - What’s Physics Got to Do With It?