Frequently Asked Questions

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Please find below answers to some common questions from prospective students.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am having to trouble with the required statistics courses, what can I do?

There are resources on campus can provide students with support specifically with regards to statistics at the Math & Statistics Learning Centre. They provide free seminars, workshops, virtual tutoring, individual appointments, and small-group consultations. If you would like individual tutoring for the course please click here

How does the registration system work? What determines if I will get into a specific course?

Our first year A-level courses are open to all students. Second year, B-level, courses are open to all students that have completed 4.0 credits. C and D- level courses all have specific prerequisites which must be met prior to the start of the course. The department will remove students that do not meet prerequisites for a course.

What is the average class size?

Class sizes vary and generally become smaller as students progress to third and fourth year courses. Our first year courses generally have 300 students in a class while second year courses have 80 to 150 students in a class. Third year courses may range from 30 to 60 students while our fourth year courses have 20 to 25 students .

When I select a program of study, does it appear on my Diploma?

No, your program of study does not appear on your diploma. It appears on your transcript.

Do I need to specialize in one of the three areas of focus (City Building, City Governance, and Community Development) to complete a program in City Studies?

No, students do not need to complete a set of required courses from one specific area of focus within our curriculum. We have categorized these courses to give students a better understanding of the overall content in our curriculum and how each of our courses relate to one and another. Students can complete the requirements of the program(s) from a variety of the areas.

Do I need to specialize in one of the three areas of focus (Urban Geography, Social/Cultural Geography and Environmental Geography) to complete a program in Human Geography or Physical and Human Geography?

No, students do not need to complete a set of required courses from one specific area of focus within our curriculum. We have categorized these courses to give students a better understanding of the overall content in our curriculum and how each of our courses relate to one and another. Students can complete the requirements of the program(s) from a variety of the areas.

Can I complete the Minor Program in Urban Public Policy and Governance alongside the Specialist Program in City Studies?

Yes, students may complete a Specialist Program in City Studies and the Minor Program in Urban Public Policy and Governance, however they cannot overlap all of their courses for the Minor Program with the Specialist Program.

What career opportunities are available to students in City Studies, Human Geography and Physical and Human Geography Programs?

There are a wide variety of career opportunities available within the fields of City Studies, Human Geography and Physical and Human Geography. To help decide which area would be best for you, the Academic Advising & Career Centre offers individual career counselling to all current students. In addition, our department has prepared career tip sheets that provide you with more information on the skillsets you will build through your time here are UTSC in our programs and the various entry-level positions that are possible after graduation.

What are the benefits of the City Studies Co-op program?

The City Studies Co-op program provides students opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to applicable real world problems with paid employment. Co-op provides valuable and intensive training in job searches, applications and interviews, and provides access to sets of co-op job postings tailored to each co-op student. This valuable job-search and work experience will enhance your professional growth and can help you find a permanent position after graduation.

How many work terms are required for the City Studies Co-op program?

The equivalent of two work terms of four months duration are required.

I am currently studying at another University and I am thinking about transferring to UTSC for a program offered by the Department of Human Geography-what is the procedure?

All students must follow the procedure of transferring outlined within the admissions guidelines. It is recommended that you apply well in advance of final deadlines. For more information, please visit: http://utsc.utoronto.ca/admissions/college-university

I would like to study abroad, do you have exchange programs to study elsewhere?

The University of Toronto has partnered with over 150 universities across the globe. If you have a particular university in mind where we do not have an exchange agreement, you are welcome to seek a letter of permission with the Admissions and Student Recruitment Office. For more information, please click here to learn more about the Summer Abroad program.

Why is statistics a required component of the program?

While statistics seems like a very specialized area of study, in fact an understanding of how to make meaning from large and small datasets is essential both for all social science study, and for citizenship in the contemporary world. Statistics is a component of our programs that provides students with a skillset that covers applications in a wide variety of fields. This skillset is often also required for graduate studies and professional schools. Our department aims to provide our students with a good foundation of skills that prepares them to explore such applications and further studies while also preparing them for positions that they may encounter in their careers. We believe that it is best to take your Statistics course(s) early in your undergraduate career, so that this knowledge can be drawn upon in other classes. Don’t leave this until your final year! We also recognize that many of our students combine our programs with other major or minor programs on campus that also require statistics as it is a key a component in the social sciences, sciences, and management studies. Our programs require STAB23H3 or equivalent (ANTC35H3, MGEB11H3/(ECMB11H3), (POLB11H3), PSYB07H3, (SOCB06H3), STAB22H3, STAB52H3, STAB57H3, STA220H, STA250H). Many programs on campus at UTSC also follow the same model and allow students to take one statistics course that can count to both of their programs of study while also allowing them to fulfill their quantitative breadth requirement which is required of all UTSC students to complete as a part of their degree requirements.