Academic Calendar - 2024

Western University Academic Calendar. - 2024
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First-Year Program

Students are required to meet the breadth requirements for bachelor degrees in order to widen their knowledge and understanding across a broader range of disciplines. Exposure to different disciplines enables students to develop insight and experience in areas distinct from their main fields of study.

First-Year Program
Students registering in general first-year programs must choose courses that fulfill the basic requirement of 5.0 courses numbered 1000-1999. The 5.0 courses must include at least four different subjects with no more than 2.0 courses in one subject. Additionally, students are subject to the Breadth Requirements outlined below. Students are encouraged to take an essay course in first year.

Except with Special Permission, a student must not register for a full program of senior courses (numbered 2000 - 4999) until the 5.0 courses of first year have been completed satisfactorily.

Students are responsible for choosing courses that fulfill the prerequisites for senior courses (numbered 2000 - 4999). Specific prerequisites are included in the individual course descriptions listed in the UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION. If in doubt, students should seek appropriate counselling and consult directly with the department(s) concerned. Prospective first-year students should seek help in choosing courses during the Summer Academic Orientation.

Part-time students who have completed 1.0 first-year course are eligible to register in senior courses (numbered 2000 - 4999) for which they have completed the prerequisite(s). Part-time students who have a substantial background and interest in a particular subject area are eligible, on written recommendation of the Dean of their Faculty, to register in a senior course pertinent to that subject prior to the completion of a first-year course. All part-time students must successfully complete the 5.0 first-year courses within their first 10.0 courses attempted.

Breadth Requirements for First Year
First-year students must include 1.0 course from each of two of the three categories (A, B, and C) shown below.

Breadth Requirements for Graduation

At least 1.0 course must be chosen from each of the three categories (A, B, and C) shown below. Any outstanding breadth requirement not completed in first year must be completed prior to graduation. Note: Not all subjects listed below offer first-year courses.

Category A

Category A:

Social Science
Anthropology, Economics, [Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies], Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Leadership Studies, Management and Organizational Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.

Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary
American Studies, Analytics and Decision Sciences, Animal Ethics and Sustainability Leadership, Canadian Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies, Creative Arts, Dance, Disability Studies, Education, Family Studies and Human Development, Global Studies, [Governance, Leadership and Ethics], Health Sciences, Human Rights Studies, Information and Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Media and the Public Interest, [Media, Information and Technoculture], Nursing, [Politics, Philosophy and Economics], Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Justice and Peace Studies, Social Science, Transitional Justice.

Business Administration, Digital Communication, Foods and Nutrition, Human Ecology, Law, Music, Social Work, Thanatology

Category B

Category B:

Arts and Humanities
Art History, Arts and Humanities, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, Creative Arts, Digital Humanities, East Asia Studies, English, Film Studies, French Studies, [Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies], Global Great Books, Intercultural Communications, Islamic Studies, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Museum and Curatorial Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities, Speech, Studio Art, The New Liberal Arts, Theatre Studies, Theological Studies, Visual Arts History, Visual Arts Studio, World Literatures and Cultures, Writing

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Category C

Category C:

Artificial Intelligence Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Leadership and Innovation, Engineering Science, Green Process Engineering, Integrated Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Software Engineering

Medical Science
Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Chemical Biology, Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Bioinformatics, Medical Biophysics, Medical Health Informatics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, One Health, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Physiology and Pharmacology

Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Differential Equations, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, History of Science, Integrated Science, Linear Algebra, Materials Science, Mathematics, Numerical and Mathematical Methods, Physics, Planetary Science, Science, Statistical Sciences

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Financial Modelling

Academic Handbook, Registration, Registration and Progression


For information about how Pre-University level introductory courses (0001-0999) relate to essay and breadth requirements, see COURSE NUMBERING POLICY, ESSAY COURSES, AND HOURS OF INSTRUCTION