Electives by theme

Not sure what courses to take to round out your first year? After selecting courses required for your program, you'll likely be left with a number of elective slots to fill.

Choosing electives can seem daunting - there are many courses, offered by many academic units, from which to choose. The Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences have grouped together courses into a number of thematic areas to help you as you explore your options. These courses are appropriate for first year students (or above), from any faculty.

Note: You can also review a complete list of 100- and 200-level courses without prerequisites if you would prefer to search by faculty and unit, rather than by theme.

Thematic areas and courses

Not all courses are offered in each term, so once you've found courses that interest you, check the academic calendar to confirm when each course will be offered for the upcoming session.

Ancient civilizations and societies

Canada

Children, youth and education

* Taught in French; can submit assignments in English
** Requires fluent French; suitable for École Brodeur graduates or similar

Environment

Film and media

Finance, economics, and the workplace

* Requires completion of the AWR as pre-requisite

Genocide and human rights

Global development

Health and sexuality

The history and science of language

Human geography

Human thought and fantasy

Improving your writing (at any level)

Indigenous culture, history, and language

International politics and foundations of the current global order

Knowledge and big ideas

Languages

* Taught in French; can submit assignments in English

Law and justice

Social justice

Societies and how they work

War and conflict

Not all courses are offered in each term, so once you've found courses that interest you, check the academic calendar to confirm when each course will be offered for the upcoming session.

Canada

Conflict and social justice

Contemporary society

Environment and sustainability

Global perspectives

Government, policy and decision-making

Health

Human complexity

Indigenous reconciliation

The following courses help support your academic progress. Taking an English course can help improve writing at all levels, while ED-D 101 will help you develop learning strategies for overall success at university.

Courses with an asterisk also satisfy UVic's Academic Writing Requirement.