So explain this breadth requirement to me

The Breadth Requirement is a degree requirement that ensures that, by the time you graduate, you have some understanding of the arts, global cultures, and processes of the social and natural world.

You need to complete:

– 1.0 credits from 4 of the 5 categories OR

– 1.0 credits from each of 3 categories and 0.5 from the remaining 2.

Many students choose to complete some of their Breadth Requirements in first year. But it is not necessary. It must be satisfied by the time you graduate.

Every course entry in the Calendar lists the breadth category for a course.

CCR               Creative and Cultural Representations
TBB               Thought, Belief & Behaviour
SII                 Society & Its Institutions
LTE               Living Things & Their Environment
PMU              Physical & Mathematical Universes


  • Some full courses count for a half-credit of breadth in 2 categories (e.g. ANT100Y, HIS109Y)
  • Some courses have no breadth category (e.g. ENG100H, MGT100H, INI103H).
  • Courses you take for program requirements can also satisfy Breadth requirements.
  • If you decide to take a course as Extra or as CR/NCR, it still counts as a Breadth Requirement.
  • These also count as Breadth requirements:

Here’s a really helpful site for choosing great breadth courses. (NOTE: this URL will change any day now) It includes filtered searches for potential breadth courses and it also includes examples of how other students in your area of study completed their breadth requirements.

You can also use Course Finder to filter courses by their breadth category.

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