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Student Testimonials

Sam Colbert

Sam Colbert

It wasn’t job training. It was human-being training. The program encouraged me to be a curious learner, an engaged citizen, and an open-minded person. The most enduring lesson came at the start of a first-year inquiry course: if you think you know the answer, you haven’t asked enough questions. The courses prepared me to challenge the things I thought I knew, even when it was uncomfortable. All that is (or should be) a prerequisite to a responsible and satisfying life and career.

Saad Syed

Saad Syed

The Arts & Science Program at McMaster surrounded me with professors and staff who made my education truly student-centred. Whether it was a certain topic or contemplation of a certain career, I was able to gain extensive knowledge and tailor my undergraduate experience to explore my interests. By providing this exposure, and coupling it with a focus on communication and critical thinking skills, the program has established a strong foundation for my postgraduate education as an MD/PhD.

Your Classes

Want to take a look at this year’s offerings and build a mock schedule? You can use McMaster’s MyTimetable tool to pick from Mac’s entire course offerings this year. We have pre-populated it with what your first semester may look like.


How does it work? Simply follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Look at your first semester. You will see a schedule filled out with a typical first semester of courses. If you would like to start from scratch, click “Start Over” in the bottom left.
  • Step 2: Start searching for classes in the box on the left. Don’t know where to start? You can type out subjects, such as “English” or “Physics,” or pick from the courses listed below under “Typical First-Year Courses.” Classes that have the number “1” in the title are first-year courses.
  • Step 3: Pick your classes and times. When you find a class that you like, click on it and it will appear in the calendar on the left. You can pick different tutorial and lecture times to fit the classes you want. When you find a class and times that you like, click on it in the calendar to pin it in place.
  • Step 4: Fill out your schedule and save the URL. Keep picking classes and times until you have your schedule (this is usually five courses per semester). Once you’re finished, save your URL so you can come back and see what you’ve built.

What You’ll Take:

  • Practices of Knowledge (ARTSSCI 1A06)
  • Writing (ARTSSCI 1B03)
  • Argumentation (ARTSSCI 1BB3)
  • Inquiry: Global Challenges (ARTSSCI 1C03)
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies (ARTSSCI 1CC3)
  • Calculus (ARTSSCI 1D06)

Learn more about Arts & Science program requirements.

Since Arts & Science is a direct entry program, students admitted to this program are considered to be specializing in “Arts & Science” from first year to the end of the program.

Students take specifically designed ARTSSCI courses as well as electives. Elective space increases in upper levels of the program, with two electives per term in second year, and three electives per term in the third and fourth years.

Arts & Science can be combined with 32 different subjects from across the University:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English and Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environment & Society
  • French
  • Health & Society
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PNB)
  • Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PNB) – Music Cognition Specialization
  • Political Science
  • Society, Culture & Religion
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Film Studies

For a full list of courses that can be available in this program, please consult the academic calendar.