What are breadth requirements?

Breadth Requirements are a way of diversifying your undergraduate degree in the hopes that you receive a well-rounded education from U of T.

To complete your Breadth Requirements (BR), you need to earn:

– 1.0 credit from 4 of the 5 categories OR

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

Many students choose to complete some of their Breadth Requirements in first year, but this is not required. You just need to make sure all your Breadth Requirements are complete by the time you graduate.

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

BR1               Creative and Cultural Representations
BR2              Thought, Belief & Behaviour
BR3              Society & Its Institutions
BR4              Living Things & Their Environment
BR5              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.

You can also use the advanced search function in the Timetable to filter courses by their breadth category.

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