10 Unique Electives To Take at Ryerson

The open elective table is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. This list of courses is complied from every faculty and every program on campus to truly give you the chance to explore different opportunities outside your program! Check out these ten unique open electives that you could take at Ryerson next year if you’re having trouble deciding.

Note: be sure to check your program’s calendar before enrolling in any courses!


BLG 316 – Zoology

Who wouldn’t want to take a class where you talk about animals all day every day? In zoology you’ll learn everything from the king of the jungle to unicellular organisms to emphasize the diversity of this enormous Kingdom!

CPS 607 – Autonomous Mobile Robotics

Any course that includes “students will be expected to construct working robots” in their syllabus must be a pretty cool time right? This course will also cover issues involving sensing and actuation and study the nature of autonomy and autonomous behaviour.

Ryerson Robots


DST 504 – Mad People’s History

This course gives an overview of diverse perspectives of people diagnosed as mad, insane or mentally ill as being of central importance in the history of psychiatry. It aims to answer the question: How madness has been viewed by mad people over the centuries?

ENG 730 – The Social Life of Books

Books have social lives? Who knew! From the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century to now books have been central to the shaping of culture and society. This course investigates the relationship between authors, readers and publishers from interdisciplinary, transnational, and multimedia perspectives.

ENT 500 – New Venture Startup

This one I can personally vouch for! This introductory course is designed primarily for non-business students who are interested in starting a business of their own. Students learn the different aspects of business, such as entrepreneurial potential, intellectual property, market assessment and financing the business. Your final project is building a business plan that could be used in the future, how cool is that to have on your resumé?

FRE 302 – French Food, Wine and Hospitality

This intermediate French language course is created for students passionate about French culture, particularly in the hospitality industry. In this course you’ll learn everything from event planning to wine pairing as well as classical French cuisine. Who can say no to wine & food for class?

GCM 750 – 3D Printing

3D printing is a rapidly growing technology being adopted by many printing and advertising companies. In this introduction to 3D printing course you have the opportunity to 3D print your own projects! You’ll also explore three dimensional scanning, software and files for 3D printer output.



HIS 104 – Ten Days That Shook The World

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it”. With everything going on in the world today it’s a good time to brush up on your history skills. This course is pretty much the sparknotes of history. During this class you can re-live transformative moments in history and their social, cultural, political, and economic impacts on human beings and their societies.

NNS 410 – Queer Media

This course discusses how sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity have been portrayed in the media, news and entertainment. You’ll learn about this portrayal both historically as well as in contemporary culture. Students also learn about the power of persuasion and public perception of the LGBTQ community through their news coverage and various other entertainment fields.

THD 320 – Western Dance Styles

If you’re looking to change up your usual class routine, why not try dance class electives? This studio-based course focuses on styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Swing and Contemporary dance to get you prepped for your auditions in no time. Seems like a pretty cool class to me!

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