Approved Freshman Courses

As a Freshman student, you must select your Arts and Science courses from those listed below.

Note: The most up-to-date list of course offerings is in Class Schedule on Minerva. You should also consult Class Schedule on Minerva for changes in course offerings and for times and locations of courses. All courses have limited enrollment.

Humanities  |  Languages  |  Social Sciences  |  Mathematics & Science


Note: Some of the courses listed below are not suitable for first term as they require university-level prerequisites. Please click on the course titles for further information about appropriate background before registering.

African Studies

AFRI 200 Intro to African Studies
(also listed under Social Sciences)

Art History

ARTH 199 FYS: Themes in Art History
ARTH 200 Introduction to Art History 1
ARTH 202 Intro to Contemporary Art
ARTH 204 Intro to Medieval Art & Arch
ARTH 205 Introduction to Modern Art
ARTH 207 Intro Early Mod. Art 1400-1700
ARTH 209 Intro to Ancient Art and Arch
ARTH 215 Introduction to East Asian Art
ARTH 223 Intro Italian Renais. Art 1300-1500
ARTH 226 Intro to 18th C. Art & Arch

Canadian Studies

CANS 200 Introduction to the Study of Canada
(also listed under Social Sciences)

Catholic Studies

CATH 200 Introduction to Catholicism
CATH 325 Mystery and the Imagination
CATH 370 Topics in Catholic Studies


CLAS 200 Intro to Ancient Greek Lit
CLAS 203 Greek Mythology
CLAS 206 Classics in Modern Media
CLAS 208 Introduction to Roman Lit.
CLAS 240 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
HIST 205 Ancient Mediterranean History

Communication Studies

COMS 199 FYS: Themes in Comm. Studies
COMS 200 History of Communication
COMS 210 Intro to Communication Studies
COMS 230 Communication and Democracy

East Asian Studies

EAST 211 Intro: East Asian Culture: China 
EAST 212 Intro: East Asian Culture: Japan
EAST 213 Intro: East Asian Culture: Korea 
EAST 303 Current Topics: Chinese Studies 1
EAST 305 Current Topics: Japanese Studies 1

English (and English as a Second Language)

ENGL 199 FYS: Literature and Democracy
ENGL 200 Survey of English Literature 1
ENGL 201 Survey of English Lit 2
ENGL 215 Intro to Shakespeare
ENGL 225 American Literature 1
ENGL 226 American Literature 2
ENGL 227 American Literature 3
ENGL 228 Canadian Literature 1
ENGL 229 Canadian Literature 2
ENGL 230 Intro to Theatre Studies
ENGL 237 Intro to Study of a Lit Form
ENGL 279 Introduction to Film as Art
ENGL 280 Intro to Film as Mass Medium
ENGL 297 Special Topics of Lit. Study

CEAP 250 Research Essay & Rhetoric
CESL 299 ESL: Academic English Seminar
(also listed under Languages)
CESL 300 ESL: Academic English 2
​(also listed under Languages)
CESL 400 ESL: Essay & Critical Thinking
​(also listed under Languages)
CESL 500 ESL: Research Essay & Rhetoric
​(also listed under Languages)

French Language & Literature

FREN 198 FYS: Intro to French & Québec Lit
FREN 199 FYS: Littérature française
FREN 250 Littérature française avant 1800
FREN 251 Littérature française depuis 1800
FREN 252 Littérature québécoise

Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies

GSFS 200 Intro Feminist&Social Justice (previously WMST 200)
(also listed under Social Sciences)
GSFS 250 Intro: Sexual Diversity St (previously SDST 250)
(also listed under Social Sciences)

German Studies

GERM 259 Intro to German Literature 1
GERM 367 Topics In German Thought

Hispanic Studies

HISP 225 Hispanic Civilization 1
HISP 226 Hispanic Civilization 2
HISP 301 Hispanic Lit. & Culture in English 1

Indigenous Studies

INDG 200 Intro. to Indigenous Studies

Islamic Studies

ISLA 199 FYS: Narrations of the Middle East
(also listed under Social Sciences)
ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization
(also listed under Social Sciences)
ISLA 210 Muslim Societies
(also listed as a Social Sciences course)

Italian Studies

ITAL 199 Italy's Literature in Context
ITAL 230 Understanding Italy
ITAL 250 Italian Literary Composition
ITAL 260 Reading Italian Literature
ITAL 290 Commedia Dell'Arte
ITAL 310 The Invention of Italian Lit
ITAL 360 Contemporary Italian Prose
ITAL 375 Cinema & Society in Modern Italy

Jewish Studies

JWST 199 FYS: Images-Jewish Identities
JWST 201 Jewish Law
JWST 206 Intro to Yiddish Literature
JWST 211 Jewish St 1: Biblical Period
JWST 217 Jewish St 3: 1000 to 2000
JWST 225 Literature and Society
JWST 240 The Holocaust
JWST 252 Interdisciplinary Lectures
JWST 254 The Jewish Holy Days
JWST 261 History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

LLCU 199 Literary Animals
LLCU 201 Literature and Culture Topics
LLCU 212 Understanding Digital &Social Media
LLCU 230 Environmental Imaginations
LLCU 255 Intro to Literary Text Mining


MUAR 201 Basic Materials: Western Music
MUAR 211 The Art of Listening
MUAR 384 Romanticism & the Piano
MUAR 392 Popular Music after 1945
MUAR 393 Intro to Jazz


PHIL 200 Intro to Philosophy 1
PHIL 201 Intro to Philosophy 2
PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1
PHIL 221 Intro to History & Phil of Science 2
PHIL 230 Intro to Moral Philosophy 1
PHIL 237 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 240 Political Philosophy 1
PHIL 242 Intro to Feminist Theory

Religious Studies

RELG 201 Religions: Ancient Near East
RELG 202 Religion of Ancient Israel
RELG 203 Bible and Western Culture
RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity & Islam
RELG 207 The Study of World Religions 1
RELG 210 Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 252 Hinduism & Buddhism
RELG 253 Religions of East Asia
RELG 256 Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 270 Religious Ethics & the Environment
RELG 271 Sexual Ethics

Russian & Slavic Studies

RUSS 217 Russia's Eternal Questions
RUSS 223 Russian 19c: Literary Giants 1
RUSS 224 Russian 19c. Literary Giants 2
RUSS 337 Vladimir Nabokov
RUSS 382 Russian Opera

II. Languages

Placement tests: All language courses have limited enrollment and, as such, may require departmental approval (issued by the department offering the course). Consult the McGill Calendar and/or the class schedule for information about placement tests or departmental approval, if necessary. Placement tests for French and English Second Language courses and for English for Academic Purposes will be held during the week prior to the beginning of classes in September. 

Courses with numbers ending in D1 and D2 are taught in two consecutive terms (usually fall and winter). Students must register for the same section of both the D1 and D2 components. No credit will be given unless both components (D1 and D2) are successfully completed in consecutive terms, e.g., fall 2018 and winter 2019.

No more than one 6-credit or 9-credit language at an introductory level should be taken during the Freshman year. Students with prior knowledge of a language may take higher-level courses with permission from the department.

A 6-credit intensive language course given in one term is permitted - this is equivalent to two courses both in the number of credits as well as the workload.


CLAS 210 Introductory Latin 1
CLAS 212 Introductory Latin 2
CLAS 220 Introductory Ancient Greek 1
CLAS 222 Introductory Ancient Greek 2 
CLAS 230D1 Introductory Modern Greek
CLAS 230D2 Introductory Modern Greek

East Asian Studies

EAST 220D1 First Level Korean
EAST 220D2 First Level Korean

EAST 230D1 First Level Chinese
EAST 230D2 First Level Chinese

EAST 240D1 First Level Japanese
EAST 240D2 First Level Japanese

EAST 320D1 Second Level Korean
EAST 320D2 Second Level Korean

EAST 330D1 Second Level Chinese
EAST 330D2 Second Level Chinese

EAST 340D1 Second Level Japanese
EAST 340D2 Second Level Japanese

English (and English as a Second Language)

CESL 299 ESL: Academic English Seminar
(also listed under Humanities)
CESL 300 ESL: Academic English 2
(also listed under Humanities)
CESL 400 ESL: Essay & Critical Thinking
(also listed under Humanities)
CESL 500 ESL: Research Essay & Rhetoric
​(also listed under Humanities)

French Language & Literature

FREN 198 FYS: Intro. to French & Québec Lit.
FREN 199 FYS: Littérature française
FREN 201 Composition 1
FREN 203 Composition 2
FREN 231 Linguistique française
FREN 239 Stylistique comparée
FREN 245 Grammaire avancée
FREN 252 Littérature québécoise

French as a Second Language

FRSL 101 Beginners French 1
FRSL 102 Beginners French 2
FRSL 103 Near Beginners French
FRSL 104 Corrective French Pronunciation
FRSL 105 Intensive Beginners French
FRSL 206 Elementary French

FRSL 207D1 Elementary French 01
FRSL 207D2 Elementary French 01

FRSL 208 Intensive Elementary French

FRSL 211D1 Oral and Written French 1
FRSL 211D2 Oral and Written French 1

FRSL 212 Oral & Written French 1
FRSL 215 Oral & Written French 1-Intensive
FRSL 216 Découvrons Montréal en français
FRSL 302 Listening Comp & Oral Exp 1
FRSL 303 Listening Comp & Oral Exp 2
FRSL 321 Oral and Written French 2
FRSL 322 Oral & Written French 2
FRSL 325 Oral & Written French 2-Intensive
FRSL 332 Intermediate French: Grammar 01
FRSL 333 Intermediate French: Grammar 02
FRSL 407 Compréhension et Expression orales
FRSL 408 Français oral: Textes et Expressions
FRSL 431 Français fonctionnel avancé
FRSL 432 Français fonctionnel
FRSL 445 Français fonctionnel, écrit 1
FRSL 446 Français fonctionnel, écrit 2
FRSL 449 Le français des médias
FRSL 455 Grammaire et création

German Studies

GERM 200 German Language Intensive Beginners

GERM 202D1 German Language, Beginners
GERM 202D2 German Language, Beginners

GERM 300 German Lang Intensive Intermediate

GERM 307D1 German Language - Intermediate
GERM 307D2 German Language - Intermediate

Hispanic Studies

HISP 199 FYS: Hispanic Literature & Culture

HISP 210D1 Spanish Language: Beginners
HISP 210D2 Spanish Language: Beginners

HISP 218 Spanish Lang Intensive-Elementary

HISP 219 Spanish Lang Intensive-Intermediate

HISP 220D1 Spanish Language: Intermediate
HISP 220D2 Spanish Language: Intermediate

HISP 244 Survey of Spanish-American Lit. 2

Islamic Studies

ISLA 521D1 Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 Introductory Arabic

ISLA 522D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic

ISLA 532D1 Introductory Turkish
ISLA 532D2 Introductory Turkish

ISLA 533D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 533D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish

ISLA 541D1 Introductory Persian
ISLA 541D2 Introductory Persian

ISLA 542D1 Lower Intermediate Persian
ISLA 542D2 Lower Intermediate Persian

ISLA 551D1 Introductory Urdu-Hindi
ISLA 551D2 Introductory Urdu-Hindi

ISLA 552D1 Intermediate Urdu
ISLA 552D2 Intermediate Urdu

Italian Studies

ITAL 205D1 Italian for Beginners
ITAL 205D2 Italian for Beginners

ITAL 206 Beginners Italian Intensive

ITAL 210D1 Elementary Italian
ITAL 210D2 Elementary Italian

ITAL 215D1 Intermediate Italian
ITAL 215D2 Intermediate Italian

ITAL 216 Intermediate Italian Intensive

Jewish Studies

JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 Introductory Hebrew

JWST 281D1 Introductory Yiddish 1 
JWST 282D2 Introductory Yiddish 2 

JWST 320D1 Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 Intermediate Hebrew

JWST 340D1 Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 Advanced Hebrew

JWST 367 Hebrew Language & Israeli Culture 1
JWST 368 Hebrew Language & Israeli Culture 2
JWST 369 Hebrew Language & Israeli Culture 3
JWST 370 Hebrew Language & Israeli Culture 4

Religious Studies

RELG 257D1 Introductory Sanskrit
RELG 257D2 Introductory Sanskrit

RELG 264 Introductory Tibetan 1
RELG 265 Introductory Tibetan 2

RELG 280D1 Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 Elementary New Testament Greek

Russian & Slavic Studies

RUSS 210 Elementary Russian Language 1
RUSS 211 Elementary Russian Language 2
RUSS 215 Elementary Russian Language Inten. 1
RUSS 310 Intermediate Russian Language 1
RUSS 311 Intermediate Russian Language 2
RUSS 316 Intermediate Russian Language Inten. 2


Note: If you intend to follow a psychology program, you should not register in SOCI-216 (Social Psychology). PSYC-215 (Social Psychology) is more appropriate. Credit will not be given for both courses.

African Studies

AFRI 200 Intro to African Studies


ANTH 201 Prehistoric Archaeology  
ANTH 202 Socio-Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 203 Human Evolution
ANTH 204 Anthropology of Meaning
ANTH 206 Environment and Culture
ANTH 207 Ethnography Through Film
ANTH 208 Evolutionary Anthropology
ANTH 209 Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 210 Archaeology of Early Cities
ANTH 212 Anthropology of Development
ANTH 214 Violence, Warfare, Culture
ANTH 222 Legal Anthropology
ANTH 227 Medical Anthropology

Canadian Studies

CANS 200 Introduction to the Study of Canada
(also listed as a Humanities course)


ECON 199 FYS: Aspects of Globalization
ECON 205 An Intro to Political Economy
ECON 208 Microeconomic Analysis & App.
ECON 209 Macroeconomic Analysis & App.
ECON 219 Current Econ Problems: Topics
ECON 223 Political Economy of Trade Policy  
ECON 225 Economics of the Environment

Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies

GSFS 200 Intro Feminist&Social Justice (previously WMST 200)
(also listed under Humanities)
GSFS 250 Intro: Sexual Diversity St (previously SDST 250)
(also listed under Humanities)


GEOG 200 Geo. Perspectives: World Envr. Prob. 
GEOG 210 Global Places and Peoples  
GEOG 216 Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 217 Cities in the Modern World
GEOG 221 Environment and Health


HIST 194 FYS: Jewish Concepts of Others
HIST 195 FYS: Sources of World History
HIST 197 FYS: Race in Latin America
HIST 198 FYS: Nation Building & Nationalism
HIST 200 Intro to African History
HIST 201 Modern African History
HIST 202 Survey: Canada to 1867
HIST 203 Survey: Canada since 1867
HIST 205 Ancient Mediterranean History
HIST 206 Africa & the Indian Ocean World
HIST 207 Jewish History:400 BCE to 1000
HIST 208 Intro to East Asian History
HIST 211 American History to 1865 
HIST 213 World History, 1300-2000
HIST 214 Intro to European History
HIST 215 Modern European History
HIST 216 History of Russia to 1801  
HIST 218 Modern East Asian History
HIST 219 Jewish History: 1000-2000
HIST 221 United States since 1865
HIST 223 Natives of the Americas 
HIST 226 East Central&South Eastern Europe in 20th C
HIST 236 Russia from 1801 to 1991
HIST 240 Modern History of Islamic Movement
HIST 249 Health & the Healer in West History
HIST 292 History and the Environment

Islamic Studies

ISLA 199 FYS: Narrations of the Middle East
(also listed under Humanities)
ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization
(also listed under Humanities)
ISLA 210 Muslim Societies
(also listed under Humanities)


LING 199 FYS: Language and Mind
LING 200 Intro to the Study of Language
LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics

Political Science

POLI 199 FYS: Inside Political Campaigns  
POLI 200 Introduction to Political Science  
POLI 210 Political Science Research Methods
POLI 212 Gov't & Politics-Developed World
POLI 221 Government of Canada
POLI 222 Political Process & Behaviour in Canada
POLI 226 La vie politique Québécoise
POLI 227 Developing Areas/Introduction
POLI 231 Intro to Political Theory
POLI 232 Modern Political Thought
POLI 243 Intl Politics of Econ Relations  
POLI 244 Intl Politics: State Behaviour


PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 180 Critical Thinking: Biases and Illusions  
PSYC 199 FYS: Mind-Body Medicine  
PSYC 204 Intro to Psychological Statistics
PSYC 211 Intro Behavioural Neuroscience  
PSYC 212 Perception
PSYC 213 Cognition
PSYC 215 Social Psychology  


SOCI 210 Sociological Perspectives  
SOCI 211 Sociological Inquiry  
SOCI 219 Sociology of Culture  
SOCI 222 Urban Sociology  
SOCI 225 Medicine & Health in Mod Society
SOCI 230 Sociology of Ethnic Relations
SOCI 234 Population & Society
SOCI 235 Technology and Society
SOCI 247 Family & Modern Society
SOCI 250 Social Problems
SOCI 254 Development & Underdevelopment
SOCI 270 Sociology of Gender  


Note: Some of the courses listed below are not suitable for first term as they require university level prerequisites. Please click the course titles for further information about appropriate background before registering. Some Science Courses require students to also register for a mandatory lab component. For courses with a lab component, Students must register and pass both the lecture and lab components in order to obtain credits.

Special Note for Freshman Registration

Since B.Sc. U0 students begin registering after several other faculties start registering, science usually restrict access to some of their Freshman Science courses for part of the summer, and open them to everyone once our students have had a chance to register. This is to ensure that students who need these courses have equal access to places in the courses.

Click here for detailed registration dates for the Science Freshman courses affected by the restriction.

Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

ATOC 181 Intro to Atmospheric Science
ATOC 182 Intro to Oceanic Sciences
ATOC 183 Climate and Climate Change
ATOC 184 Science of Storms
ATOC 185 Natural Disasters



BIOL 111 Principles: Organismal Biology
BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 115 Essential Biology
BIOL 200 Molecular Biology
BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism
BIOL 202 Basic Genetics
BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms
BIOL 206 Meth in Biology of Organisms


CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1
CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chem. Giants
CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2
CHEM 180 World of Chemistry: Environment
CHEM 181 World of Chemistry: Food
CHEM 182 World of Chemistry: Technology
CHEM 183 World of Chemistry: Drugs
CHEM 199 FYS: Why Chemistry?
CHEM 203 Survey of Physical Chemistry
CHEM 204 Physical Chem. /Biological Sci. 1
CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1
CHEM 214 Physical Chem. /Biological Sci. 2
CHEM 217 General Analytical Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 219 Intro to Atmospheric Chemistry
CHEM 222 Intro Organic Chemistry 2
CHEM 223 Intro Phys Chemistry 1
CHEM 243 Intro Phys Chemistry 2
CHEM 253 Intro Phys Chemistry 1 Lab
CHEM 263 Intro Phys Chemistry 2 Lab
CHEM 281 Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHEM 287 Intro Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 297 Intro Analytical Chem. Lab.

Computer Science

COMP 102 Computers & Computing
COMP 189 Computers and Society
COMP 202 Foundations of Programming
COMP 206 Intro to Software Systems
COMP 230 Logic and Computability
COMP 250 Intro to Computer Science
COMP 280 History and Philosophy of Computing

Earth & Planetary Sciences

EPSC 180 The Terrestrial Planets
EPSC 181 Environmental Geology
EPSC 182 Astrobiology
EPSC 185 Natural Disasters
EPSC 199 FYS: Earth & Planetary Exploration
EPSC 201 Understanding Planet Earth
EPSC 233 Earth and Life History
EPSC 334 Invertebrate Paleontology
ESYS 104 The Earth System


GEOG 201 Intro Geo-Information Science
GEOG 205 Global Change: Past, Present & Future
GEOG 221 Environment and Health

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH 112 Fundamentals of Mathematics
MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 134 Enriched Linear Algebra and Geometry
MATH 139 Calculus 1 with Pre-calculus
MATH 140 Calculus 1
MATH 141 Calculus 2
MATH 150 Calculus A
MATH 151 Calculus B
MATH 180 The Art of Mathematics
MATH 222 Calculus 3
MATH 223 Linear Algebra


PHIL 210 Intro to deductive logic 1


PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics
PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetism
PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves
PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics
PHYS 180 Space, Time & Matter
PHYS 181 Everyday Physics
PHYS 182 Our Evolving Universe
PHYS 183 The Milky Way Inside and Out
PHYS 184 Energy and the Environment
PHYS 224 Physics of Music


PSYC 199 FYS: Mind-Body Medicine
PSYC 204 Intro to Psychological Stats


PSYT 199 FYS: Mental Illness & The Brain