Program News

New Programs

Western is delighted to announce the introduction of the following new degree, diploma and certificate programs. For more information, visit the the Western website.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • New Minor and Certificate in Art History
  • New Minor and Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies
  • New Minor and Certificate in Photography
  • New Minor and Certificate in Studio Art

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • New Major and an Honors Specialization in Democratic Governance 
  • New Major and an Honors Specialization in Global Justice
  • New Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy and Economics – Politics and Philosophy Concentration (PPE-P) and HBA Combined Degree Program
  • New Honors Specialization in Politics, Philosophy and Economics – Economics Concentration (PPE-E) and HBA Combined Degree Program 
  • DAN Management & Organizational Studies: New Specialization and an Honors Specialization in Management and Legal Studies

Faculty of Science

  • New Minor in Applied Statistics
  • New Minor in Applied Financial Modelling
  • New Minor in Data Science
  • Introduction of a new WISc stream for Integrated Science with Astrophysics

Program Changes

Name Changes

  • First Nations studies has been renamed as Indigenous Studies
  • The Honors Specialization in Professional Kinesiology has been renamed as the Honors Specialization in Clinical Kinesiology
  • The Major in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures has been renamed as the Major in Spanish
  • Minor in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures has been renamed as the Minor in Spanish

Admissions Updates

Please see the reminders and recommendations below.

Commercial Aviation Mangement   

Required: 

  • Mandatory Supplementary Application form due February 15.
  • Flight Option:
    • A valid Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certificate is required before flight training can begin.
    • Two hours of small aircraft flying time is highly recommended.
    • Physics SPH4U is recommended.

Health Sciences

Required:

  • Students considering the Honors Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology will need Chemistry SCH4U in order to fulfill the first year Chemistry requirements of the module.

Kinesiology

Recommended:

  • A Grade 12 U level Math and Grade 11 or 12 U level Physics are recommended to prepare for senior Kinesiology subjects in biomechanics, research methods and statistics.
  • It is strongly recommended that students interested in the BSc program take an additional Science course from: Chemistry SCH4U, Calculus and Vectors MCV4U, Advanced Functions MHF4U, or Physics SPH4U. 
  • Chemistry SCH4U is a prerequisite for first year Chemistry courses.

Managment & Organizational Studies  

Required: 

  • Calculus and Vectors MCV4U and/or a university Calculus course is required prior to taking mandatory upper-year Economics courses in Finance and pursuing a Major or Honors Specialization in Economics.

Music

Required: 

  • Audition, Interview, Piano Proficiency and Theory Placement requirements for each program can be found on the Faculty of Music website.

Medical Sciences 

Recommended: 

  • Although Western offers first-year Physics courses that do not require secondary school Physics as a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that students complete Physics, SPH4U

Science 

Required: 

  • First-year Biology and Chemistry courses require Biology SBI4U and Chemistry SCH4U, respectively.
  • First-year Biology and Chemistry courses are required for all modules offered by the Department of Biology and for some modules offered by the Department of Chemistry and other Science departments.

Social Science 

Required:

  • Specializations and Majors in Psychology require a first-year university math course; therefore, any 4U math is highly recommended for this program.
  • Math is helpful as a preparation for Sociology and Geography programs.
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) are required for all Economics modules.
  • Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) and Physics (SPH4U) are highly recommended for the BSc in Psychology – see Western's Calendar.