Electives without prerequisites

To meet the requirements or your program of study, you need to take a certain number of elective credits, which you can choose from all the disciplines offered by the University. Electives without prerequisites are courses that do not require you to have passed any other university course to register for them. They give you the opportunity to explore other disciplines that interest you. For example, you could register for a biology course from this list if you are studying in the Faculty of Arts.

See if and when a course is offered by using the course timetable tool. If it is, you can include this course in your timetable scenarios and register for it once the official registration period has begun.

If you are enrolled in a program at the Faculty of Engineering, please see the lists of complementary electives and science electives that are available to you (as per accreditation regulations).

Electives without prerequisites by faculty

The electives without prerequisites are sorted by faculty, then by discipline. Select a faculty that interests you to see all the disciplines and courses offered.

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Modern language courses (Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian):
Modern language courses are included in the list of electives without prerequisites offered by the Faculty of Arts. If you have no prior knowledge of the language you wish to study, just register for the Elementary I level course. If you have prior knowledge of the language, follow the registration process for modern language courses, which includes a placement test. To avoid delays when you register, complete the online placement test as early as possible, before the registration period begins.
English or French as a second language courses:
English as a second language (ESL) and French as a second language (FLS) courses are included in the list of electives without prerequisites offered by the Faculty of Arts. Students from all faculties who wish to improve their language proficiency in English or French can register for these courses, which range from beginner to high-advanced levels. To register for a second-language course, follow the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) procedures.

HIS1101 The Making of Canada
HIS1110 The Twentieth-Century World to 1945
HIS1111 The Twentieth-Century World from 1945
HIS1120 The History of Europe (16th-20th Century)
HIS1501 La formation du Canada
HIS1510 Le monde au XXe siècle jusqu'en 1945
HIS1511 Le monde au XXe siècle depuis 1945
HIS1520 Histoire de l'Europe (XVIe-XXe siècle)
HIS2105 History of the Jews in Canada
HIS2116 Imperial Russia from 1613 to the 1917 Revolution
HIS2117 History of the USSR
HIS2130 The Peopling of North America
HIS2150 The Colonial Era in American History
HIS2151 The United States from 1776 to 1865
HIS2152 The United States from 1865 to 1945
HIS2153 The United States from 1945 to the Present
HIS2160 History of the Middle East from World War I
HIS2170 Latin America, Colonial Period
HIS2171 Latin America, Modern Period
HIS2175 Southeast Asian Civilizations to the 18th Century
HIS2176 Southeast Asian Civilizations from the 18th Century to the Present
HIS2177 History of East Asia from Antiquity to 1600
HIS2178 History of East Asia from 1600 to the Present
HIS2182 Women in Canada
HIS2183 Women in Western Societies to the Eighteenth Century
HIS2307 History of the Native Peoples in Canada, from the Origins to the Present
HIS2335 Western Europe from the 5th to the 15th Century
HIS2336 Early Modern Europe, 16th to 18th Century
HIS2341 Europe in the 19th Century
HIS2342 Europe in the 20th Century
HIS2350 Selected Topics in Modern History
HIS2351 Selected Topics in Contemporary History
HIS2355 Nation-Building in Central Europe
HIS2361 New France
HIS2362 British North America, 1763-1867
HIS2363 Canada, 1867-1939
HIS2364 Contemporary Canada
HIS2375 History of Africa South of the Sahara, 1000-1850
HIS2376 History of Africa South of the Sahara since 1850
HIS2505 Histoire des Juifs au Canada
HIS2516 La Russie impériale de 1613 à la Révolution de 1917
HIS2517 Histoire de l’U.R.S.S.
HIS2550 Les treize colonies américaines
HIS2551 Histoire des États-Unis de 1776 à 1865
HIS2552 Histoire des États-Unis de 1865 à 1945
HIS2553 Les États-Unis depuis 1945
HIS2560 Histoire du Moyen-Orient depuis la Première Guerre mondiale
HIS2570 Amérique latine, époque coloniale
HIS2571 Amérique latine, époque contemporaine
HIS2575 Civilisations de l’Asie du Sud-Est jusqu’au XVIIIe siècle
HIS2576Civilisations de l’Asie du Sud-Est du XVIIIe siècle à nos jours
HIS2577 Histoire de l’Asie de l'Est de l’antiquité à 1600
HIS2578 Histoire de l’Asie de l’Est de 1600 à nos jours
HIS2582 Les femmes au Canada
HIS2583 Les femmes dans les sociétés occidentales jusqu’au XVIIIe siècle
HIS2707 Histoire des Amérindiens au Canada, des origines à nos jours
HIS2708 Histoire des francophonies nord-américaines
HIS2735 L’Occident du Ve au XVe siècle
HIS2736 L’Europe moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle)
HIS2741 L’Europe au XIXe siècle
HIS2742 L’Europe au XXe siècle
HIS2750 Thèmes choisis en histoire moderne
HIS2751 Thèmes choisis en histoire contemporaine
HIS2761 La Nouvelle-France
HIS2762 L’Amérique du Nord britannique 1763-1867
HIS2763 Le Canada de 1867 à 1939
HIS2764 Le Canada contemporain
HIS2775 Histoire de l'Afrique au sud du Sahara, 1000-1850
HIS2776 Histoire de l'Afrique au sud du Sahara depuis 1850


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