Pre-Approved Complementary Studies Electives (Fall 2013 and after)

For students admitted Fall 2013 and later

The information on this page is only intended for students admitted to ENSC from Fall 2013 onward.

If you were admitted before Fall 2006, please follow these guidelines.

If you were admitted between Fall 2006 and Summer 2013, please follow these guidelines.

Complementary Electives and WQB Requirements for Engineering Students

All SFU Engineering students are required to fulfill two types of requirements designed to introduce you to concepts that are outside of the field of engineering:

  1. Complementary electives and Science Electives are required for all engineering programs in Canada.
  2. Writing, Quantitative and Breadth (WQB) requirements  are courses required by all students graduating from SFU, and have been adapted for Engineering students.

You can use the same course to complete both a complementary elective and a breadth requirement.

What do I take?

 

Complementary Electives + Breadth Humanities and Social Science Requirements:

 

Engineering Physics, Systems Engineering, Electronics Engineering & Computer Engineering

The requirements involve completing 3 courses:

  1. ECON 103 (B-Soc)
  2. A course from the Central Issues, Methodology & Thought Process list below. This course will either be a B-Soc or B-Hum as indicated.
  3. A course that meets the following criteria:
  • If you take Central Issues course that is a B-HUM, your third course can be any B-Soc or  B-Hum from the SFU list of Breadth (B) Courses.
  • If you take a Central Issues course that is a B-SOC, your third course must be any   B-HUM from the SFU list of Breadth (B) Courses.

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical option currently recommends completion of GERO 300 (B-Soc/Central Issues course).

Students (on the new curriculum) who have already taken GERO 300 must take the following courses to meet the complementary elective and breadth requirements:

  1. ECON 103
  2. Any 3 unit course from the SFU approved B-Hum list

Students (on the new curriculum) who have NOT yet taken GERO 300 can appeal to substitute this course for a B-Hum course as indicated in point 2 below.  Students granted a substitution must take the following courses to meet the complementary elective and breadth requirements:

  1. ECON 103
  2. Any 3 unit B-Hum course that is also on the Central Issues, Methodology and Thought Process list *

* This option requires an appeal (https://coursys.sfu.ca/forms/ensc-appeal-form/). 

Breadth Science Requirements

Breadth-Science (B-Sci) - 6 units: This requirement is satisfied by Chemistry and Physics courses required by the program. (Phys 120, 121, Chem 180 etc).

Pre-Approved Science Elective Requirements

In addition to meeting B-Sci requirements, complete:

Biomedical Engineering

Computer Engineering:

Electronics, Engineering Physics, Systems Engineering:

  • No science electives required

Other WQB Requirements

University Writing Intensive Requirement:

  • Lower Division: ENSC 100W & ENSC 105W 
  • Upper Division: ENSC 405W

University Quantitative Requirement:

  • Satisfied by the math courses required by the program.

Other University Breadth Requirements:

  • 6 units of B-Undesignated: satisfied by Chemistry, Computing Science, Math and Physics courses required by the program.

Courses on Central Issues, Methodology & Thought Process

All Engineering students must take at least one course in this category.

NOTE: these course have been deemed to cover ideas and techniques that are in the "mainstream'' of the humanities. Courses intended to teach specific skills (such as ENGL 214-3 and FPA 120-3), that don't contain sufficient "analysis'' (such as BISC 003-3), or are too focused on a specific application (such as KIN 140-3 and CRIM 151-3) are generally not acceptable in this category.

ARCHAEOLOGY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

ARCH 100-3

Ancient Peoples and Places

B-Soc

ARCH 131-3

Human Origins

B-Soc

ARCH 200-3

Special Topics in World Prehistory

B-Soc

ARCH 201-3

Introduction to Archaeology

B-Soc

ARCH 223-3

The Prehistory of Canada

B-Soc

ARCH 226-3

The Prehistory of Religion: Shamans, Sorcerers and Saints

B-Hum/Soc

ARCH 252-3

Ancient Egypt and Africa

B-Hum/Soc

ARCH 272W-3

Archaeology of the Old World

B-Soc

ARCH 273-3

Archaeology of the New World

B-Soc

ARCH 301-3

Ancient Visual Art

B-Hum

ASIA-CANADA  

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

ASC 101-3

Introduction to Asian-Canadian Studies I

B-Hum/Soc

ASC 102-3

Introduction to Asian-Canadian Studies II

B-Hum

ASC 200-3

Introduction to Chinese Civilization

B-Hum

ASC 201-3

Introduction to Japanese Civilization

B-Hum

BUSINESS

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

BUS 238-3

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and innovation

B-Soc

COMMUNICATIONS

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

CMNS 110-3

Introduction to Communication Studies

B-Soc

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

COGS 100-3

Introduction to Cognitive Science

B-Hum/Soc/Sc

CRIMINOLOGY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

CRIM 101-3

Introduction to Criminology

B-Soc

CRIM 103-3 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
B-Soc
CRIM 104-3
Sociological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
B-Soc
CRIM 131-3 Introduction to Criminal Justice System B-Soc
CRIM 135-3 Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
B-Soc
CRIM 301-3 Introduction to Crime in Contemporary Society B-Soc
CRIM 315-3 Restorative Justice B-Soc
CRIM 355-3 The Forensic Sciences
B-Soc

DIALOGUE

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

DIAL 390-5

Undergraduate Semester: Dialogue

B-Soc/B-Hum

DIAL 391-5 Undergraduate Semester: Seminar B-Soc/B-Hum
DIAL 392-5 Undergraduate Semester: Final Project
B-Soc/B-Hum

ECONOMICS

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

ECON 102-3 The World Economy
B-Soc
ECON 103-4
Principles of Microeconomics B-Soc
ECON 104-3 Economics and Government B-Soc

ECON 105-4

Principles of Macroeconomics

B-Soc

ECON 110-3 Foundations of Economic Ideas B-Soc
ECON 300-3 Introduction to Economic Concepts and Issues B-Soc

EDUCATION

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

EDUC 100-3 Selected Questions and Issues in Education B-Hum
EDUC 211-3 Mathematical Experience l: Numbers and Beyond B-Sci
EDUC 212-3
Mathematical Experience ll: Shape and Space B-Sci
EDUC 220-3 Introduction to Educational Psychology B-Soc

EDUC 230-3

Introduction to Philosophy of Education

B-Hum

EDUC 250-3 Studies in the History of Education in the Western World B-Hum/Soc
EDUC 311-3 Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language and Culture B-Hum
EDUC 341-3 Literacy, Education and Culture B-Hum
EDUC 452-8 Environmental Education B-Sci

ENGLISH

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

ENGL 101-3

Introduction to Fiction B-Hum

ENGL 102-3

Introduction to Poetry B-Hum

ENGL 103-3

Introduction to Drama B-Hum

ENGL 104-3

Introduction to Prose Genres B-Hum
ENGL 105-3 Introdution to Issues in Literature and Culture
B-Hum
ENGL 111W-3 Literary Classic in English
B-Hum

ENGL 201-3

Medieval Literature

B-Hum

ENGL 203-3

Early Modern Literature B-Hum
ENGL 205-3 18th Century Literature (1660-1800)
B-Hum
ENGL 206-3 19th Century Literatures in English B-Hum
ENGL 207-3 20th Century Literatures in Engish
B-Hum


ENVIRONMENT

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

ENV 412-3

Technologies, Cultures, and a Sustainable World

B-Soc


EXPLORATION

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

EXPL 110-3

Society and Sustainabilty

B-Soc

EXPL 120-3 Experiencing Society
B-Hum
EXPL 130-3 Global Development: Issues and Patterns
B-Soc
EXPL 150-3 Introduction to Research Approaches in the Social Sciences
B-Soc
EXPL 160-3 Introduction to Research and Interpretation in the Arts
B-Hum
EXPL 235-3 Images in Society and History
B-Hum/Soc
EXPL 310-3 Selected Topics B-Soc


FIRST NATION STUDIES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

FNST 101-3

The Cultures, Languages and Origins of Canada's First Peoples

B-Hum/Soc

FNST 201-3 Canadian Aboriginal Peoples' Perspectives on History
B-Soc


FPA - CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

FPA 136-3

The History and Aesthetics of Cinema I

B-Hum

FPA 137-3 The History and Aesthetics of Cinema II B-Hum
FPA 140-3 Music in the 20th Century   B-Hum
FPA 147-3 Introduction to Electoacoustic Music
B-Hum
FPA 167-3
Visual Arts and Culture I (History of Art 1839 - 1939)
B-Hum  
FPA 168-3 Visual Arts and Culture II (History of Art 1940-Present)
B-Hum
FPA 227-3 History of Dance: From the 20th Century to the Present
B-Hum/B-Soc
FPA 236-3 Cinema in Canada
B-Hum
FPA 237-3 Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies
B-Hum
FPA 257-3 Context of Theatre I B-Hum
FPA 317-3 Introduction to Performance Studies   B-Hum  
FPA 357-3 Context of Theatre II B-Hum


FRENCH

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

FREN 245-3

Introduction to French Literary Studies

B-Hum

FREN 275-3
French Linguistics Today
B-Soc
FREN 330-3
Francophone World B-Hum

GEOGRAPHY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

GEOG 100-3

Society, Space and Environment: Introducing Human Geography

B-Soc

GEOG 102-3

World Problems in Geographic Perspective

B-Soc

GEOG 162-3

Canada

B-Soc

GEOG 261-3 Introduction to Urban Geography
B-Soc

GERONTOLOGY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

GERO 101-3
Aging and Society
B-Soc

GERO 300-3

Introduction to Gerontology

B-Soc

GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND WOMEN'S STUDIES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

GSWS 100-3
Sex Talk: Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Studies
B-Hum

GSWS 101-3  

Introduction to Women's Issues in Canada

B-Soc

GSWS 102-3 Feminist Action B-Hum
GSWS 305-4 Conceiving Creativity B-Hum
GSWS 316-4 Disciplining Sex: Perspectives on Sex from Evolutionary Biology and Psychology
B-Hum/Soc/Sc


HISTORY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

HIST 101-3

Canada to Confederation

B-Hum

HIST 102-3

Canada Since Confederation  

B-Hum

HIST 104-3 History of the Americas to 1763
B-Hum

HIST 106-3

Western Civilization: Reformation to 20th C.

B-Hum

HIST 115-3

Introduction to the History of Sexuality

B-Hum

HIST 130-3

Fundamentals of World History

B-Hum

HIST 146-3

Africa After the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade 1830s-2000s

B-Hum

HIST 151-3 The Modern Middle East: A Survey of Changing Societies
B-Hum
HIST 204-3 The Social History of Canada
B-Hum  
HIST 206-3 History of Modern Japan B-Hum
HIST 208-3 Latin America: The Colonial Period   B-Hum  
HIST 209-3
Latin America: The National Period
B-Hum/Soc
HIST 212-3 The History of the United States to 1877
B-Hum
HIST 213-3 The United States Since 1877 B-Hum
HIST 214-3 Quebec Society, Culture and Politics
B-Hum
HIST 215-3 The Making of the British Isles
B-Hum
HIST 220-3 Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe B-Hum
HIST 223-3 Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 B-Hum
HIST 224-3 Europe from the French Revolution to WW1 B-Hum
HIST 225-3 20th Century Europe
B-Hum
HIST 231-3 History of Africa to the 19th Century: From Ancient Times to the Slave Trade
B-Hum
HIST 236-3 Japan from 1603 to 1867
B-Hum
HIST 249-3 Classical Islamic Civilization   B-Hum
HIST 252-3
Islamic India B-Hum
HIST 254-3 China to 1800 B-Hum
HIST 255-3 China Since 1800 B-Hum
HIST 265-3 Global History from the Revolutionary Age to the Present B-Hum
HIST 276-3 Social, Economic, and Political History of the Mediterranean B-Hum
HIST 277-3 History of Greek Civilization
 
HIST 278-3
The Greeks in the Ottoman Empire
B-Hum  
HIST 279-3 Greece in the 20th Century   B-Hum
HIST 288-3
History of Christianity to 1500 B-Hum
HIST 373-4 Conquest in North America B-Hum


HELLENIC STUDIES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

HS 276-3

Social, Economic, Political History of the Mediterranean

B-Hum

HS 278-3
The Greeks in the Ottoman Empire
B-Hum
HS 279-3   Greece in the 20th Century
B-Hum


HEALTH SCIENCES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

HSCI 100-3

Human Biology

B-Sci

HSCI 120-3
Introduction to Human Sexuality Behaviour
B-Soc
HSCI 130-3 Foundations of Health Science
B-Soc/Sci
HSCI 140-3 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
B-Soc
HSCI 160-3
Global Perspectives on Health
B-Soc

HUMANITIES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

HUM 101-3

Introductions to the Humanities

B-Hum

HUM 102-3

Classical Mythology

B-Hum

HUM 103-3

The Invention of the Book: Alphabets, Papyrus, Parchment and Print

B-Hum

HUM 105-3

Western Civilization: Ancient World to Reformation Era

B-Hum

HUM 130-3 Introduction to Religious Studies B-Hum
HUM 201-3 Great Texts: Ancient World to Renaissance
B-Hum
HUM 202-3 Great Texts: Renaissance to Modernity
B-Hum
HUM 203-3 Great Texts: Asian Thought and Literature B-Hum
HUM 204-3 Great Religious Texts B-Hum
HUM 211-3 Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance
B-Hum
HUM 216-3 The Ancient World
B-Hum
HUM 219-3 The Early Middle Ages B-Hum
HUM 227-3 Introduction to the Study of the Future   B-Hum
HUM 240-3 Studies in Modern European Culture B-Hum
HUM 302-3
The Golden Age of Greece: An Integrated Society
B-Hum
HUM 303-4 The Latin Humanist Tradition B-Hum  
HUM 305-4 Medieval Studies B-Hum
HUM 307-4 Carolingian Civilization B-Hum
HUM 309-4 Literature and the Arts Across Cultures
B-Hum
HUM 311-4 Italian Renaissance Humanism B-Hum
HUM 312-4 Renaissance Studies
B-Hum
HUM 320-4 The Humanities and Philosophy
B-Hum
HUM 321-4 The Humanities and Critical Thinking
B-Hum
HUM 322-4 The Humanities and the Critique of Culture
B-Hum
HUM 325-4 The Humanities and the Natural World
B-Hum
HUM 330-4 Religion in Context B-Hum
HUM 331-4 Studies in Asian Religions B-Hum
HUM 332-4 Mythology in Context B-Hum
HUM 340-4 Great Cities in Their Time
B-Hum
HUM 350-4 Great Figures in the Humanistic Tradition
B-Hum
HUM 360-4 Great Themes in the Humanistic Tradition B-Hum


INTERACTIVE ARTS & TECHNOLOGY  

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

IAT 100-3

Systems of Media Representation

B-Hum

IAT 110-3

Visual Communication Design

B-Hum

IAT 202-3 New Media Images B-Hum
IAT 206-3 Media Across Cultures
B-Hum
IAT 210-3 Game Studies
B-Hum/Soc
IAT 222-3 Interactive Arts B-Hum


INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

IS 101-3

Introduction to International Studies: Studying Global Conflict and Cooperation

B-Soc

IS 209-3 Latin America: The National Period
B-Hum/Soc
IS 210-3 Comparative World Politics: Trajectories, Regimes, Challenges
B-Soc
IS 230-3 Transnationalism and Society
B-Soc
IS 232-3 Introduction to Southeast Asia B-Soc
IS 265-3 Global History from the Revolutionary Age to the Present
B-Hum


LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

LAS 100-3

Images of Latin America

B-Soc

LAS 140-3

Cultural Heritage of Latin America

B-Hum

LAS 200-3 Cultural Heritage of Latin America
B-Hum
LAS 300-3 Latin American Literature
B-Hum


LINGUISTICS

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

LING 100-3

Communication and Language

B-Soc

LING 110-3

The Wonder of Words

B-Soc

LING 160-3 Language, Culture, and Society
B-Soc
LING 220-3 Introduction to Linguistics
B-Soc
LING 290-3 The Science of Speech B-Soc/B-Sci


PHILOSOPHY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

PHIL 100-3

Knowledge and Reality

B-Hum

PHIL 120-3

Introduction to Moral Philosophy

B-Hum

PHIL 144-3 Philosophy of Science B-Hum/B-Sci

PHIL 150-3

History of Philosophy I

B-Hum

PHIL 151-3

History of Philosophy II

B-Hum

PHIL 300-3

Introduction to Philosophy

B-Hum

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

POL 100-3

Introduction to Politics and Government

B-Soc

POL 101-3*
Introduction to Politics and Government *W version of POL 100
B-Soc
POL 151-3 The Administration of Justice
B-Soc
POL 210-3 Introduction to Political Philosophy   B-Soc
POL 211-3 Politics and Ethics   B-Soc
POL 223-3 Canadian Political Economy
B-Soc
POL 231-3
Introduction to Comparative Government
B-Soc
POL 241-3 Introduction to International Politics B-Soc
POL 252-3 Local Democracy and Governance
B-Soc  

PSYCHOLOGY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

PSYC 100-3

Introduction to Psychology I

B-Soc

PSYC 102-3

Introduction to Psychology II

B-Soc

PSYC 106-3

Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society

B-Soc

PSYC 260-3 Introduction to Social   B-Soc

RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

REM 100-3

Global Change

B-Soc

REM 200-3 Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management
B-Soc/Sci
REM 201-3 Introduction to Sustainable   B-Soc
REM 301-3
Sustainable Community Development Theory and Practice   B-Soc

SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

SA 100-4

Perspectives on Canadian Society

B-Soc

SA 101-4

Introduction to Anthropology

B-Soc

SA 150-3

Introduction to Sociology

B-Soc

SA 302-4 Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism
B-Soc
SA 418-4 International Health
B-Soc

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT  

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

SCD 201-3

Introduction to Sustainable Community Development

B-Soc

SCD 301-3

Sustainable Community Development Theory and Practice

B-Soc


WORLD LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Course No.

Course Title

B Type

WL 100-3

Introduction to World Literature

B-Hum

WL 101-3

Writing about Literature

B-Hum

WL 102-3 Literature Across Cultures
B-Hum
WL 103-3 Pre-Modern World Literature
B-Hum
WL 104-3
Modern World Literature
B-Hum
WL 201-3 East/West B-Hum
WL 202-3 North/South B-Hum
WL 203-3 Selected Genres in World Literature
B-Hum
WL 204-3 Human Rights Literature
B-Hum
WL 304-4 Exiles and Emigres
B-Hum
WL 305-4 Poets and Sages B-Hum
WL 306-4 Literary Romanticisms B-Hum
WL 308-4 Imperial Cultures   B-Hum
WL 309-4 Post-imperial Cultures
B-Hum


** denotes courses which are no longer offered.

 

Last updated January, 2021