Open Studies students take classes for general interest, personal or professional development, or to earn credits to meet the competitive transfer average for admission or readmission to a degree program. They may choose part-time or full-time enrolment, may study in an on-campus or off-campus location or combine on-campus, off-campus and distance education options and may study during Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter terms.
Students who were originally admitted to a college but haven’t taken a credit class in the past academic year and want to re-establish status in the college they last attended or transfer to another college should contact Admissions rather than seek reactivation into Open Studies.
Classes taken in Open Studies have the potential to be transferred to a degree program, but students are responsible for conferring with the appropriate College in this regard. Open Studies students whose ultimate goal is to obtain a degree from a particular U of S College are encouraged to contact Open Studies for referral to a college advisor for detailed program advice and graduation requirements. For information about the college transfer process and required transfer averages, contact Admissions.
The selection of classes available to Open Studies students consists mainly of first and second year Arts and Science, some introductory Commerce and a small selection from the colleges of Agriculture and Kinesiology. All prerequisite requirements must be met. The Colleges determine in which classes they will have spaces for Open Studies students. The course offerings information on PAWS indicates which courses are restricted.
The Open Studies Faculty Council (OFC) is responsible for academic policies and regulations relating to Open Studies students.