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Undeclared Arts (First-Year Studies Only)

Is it for you?

This one-year entry option allows you to explore program areas in the humanities and social sciences, and discover your passions and strengths before choosing a major or double major program.

First-year classes

Explore your program transfer options by choosing introductory courses in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology and Sociology.

Enroll in two required courses: Academic Writing and Research, and Critical Thinking.

Choose electives from a wide range of areas including news and film studies, law, business and natural sciences – many of which can lead to a minor.

Program transfer

You must apply to transfer to one of the 10 programs listed above, or to any of the nine double major programs, by February of your second semester. All of your completed courses will transfer to your new program. For program transfer requirements, refer to the Options tab below.

Program info

Faculty of Arts

Program format(s): 
Full time: First Year Studies Only


Grade range: 
Low 80s1


Experiential learning: 

Academic requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)

Undeclared Arts is an entry option only. By February of your second semester, you must indicate which one of the ten programs you wish to pursue. All program transfers are considered on a competitive basis and are subject to program capacity.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at on the admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $7,239 - $7,264
Out-of-province students: $8,415 - $8,440
International students: $35,075 - $35,100

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st Semester


  • SSH 205 Academic Writing and Research

REQUIRED GROUP 1: Four courses from Table I.

2nd Semester


REQUIRED GROUP 1: Two courses from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVE: Two Open Electives


Program transfer options and eligibility

The program transfer options for Undeclared Arts students are: CriminologyEnglishEnvironment and Urban SustainabilityGeographic AnalysisHistoryLanguage and Intercultural RelationsPhilosophyPolitics and GovernancePsychology, and Sociology. Because these ten programs share a common one-year foundation, all of the courses completed in Undeclared Arts are credited to the student's program of choice.

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

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  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.