Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – EAS Undergraduate Programs in 2020-2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) –
EAS Undergraduate Programs in 2020-2021

The EAS Department hopes that you are all keeping safe and staying healthy this summer. We are looking forward to having you back ‘in’ classes in September. We’ve tried to assemble questions you might have below, but if we’ve missed any, please email While it’s difficult to plan too far ahead in these evolving circumstances, we will do all we can to provide you with up-to-date information, so that you can make informed decisions. Please note that given the changing public health situation, the answers provided below may also change. We will note when we’ve made an addition or correction. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

1. How will EAS courses be delivered this coming year? 

Updated July 16 
EAS courses will be offered online in the Fall semester (F courses), as will full-year courses (Y courses). The 2020 – 2021 Fall & Winter Session Timetable has been released by Arts & Science. Please pay special attention to the delivery instructions for each course.

For the Winter semester (S), the University has not yet made a final decision about the mode of instruction for Winter 2021. Please see the Arts & Science FAQ. For EAS courses, course enrolment will proceed as if most courses are being delivered in person as well as online. Please note that Winter session delivery methods are subject to change. Arts & Science has indicated that: “Final delivery methods for Winter 2021 S-term courses will be available in early fall to ensure that students have enough time to make plans for January” (A&S FAQs). Some EAS courses that are currently listed as in person and online may be offered online only. At the same time, some EAS courses could move to in-person only, depending on the A&S decision made in the early fall.

2. When can I enrol in courses?

Updated July 10
Enrolment dates can be found on the Arts & Science course enrolment webpage. EAS students have priority for EAS courses so can enrol in the Priority Period (July 13-29). For some courses, EAS Specialists and Majors have priority as indicated in the Timetable. See ACORN for your enrolment start time. Be sure to register as soon as course enrolment opens for you. For non-EAS students, please see the Arts & Science webpage above.

3. I am in a different time zone. If a course is being offered as Online Synchronous but the offering time does not work for my online attendance, can I take the course? 

Updated July 10 
Core courses:
In the Fall semester, EAS core course lectures (for EAS103H1F and EAS209H1F) will be delivered asynchronously, which means that you can attend the lecture at a time that works for you as long as you keep up with the pace of the course. The tutorials will be synchronous, which means that you should attend at the specific time of the tutorial in which you are enrolled on ACORN. There may be other opportunities for synchronous participation such as discussion or office hours.

Society-Culture courses: In the Fall semester, EAS society-culture courses (any EAS course that is neither a language course nor a core course) will, for the most part, be delivered synchronously (which means you should attend the class online at the posted time). If you are unable to participate synchronously, please check the delivery instructions on the timetable for the course you wish to take. The delivery instructions will note whether the course can be taken asynchronously. There may be other opportunities for synchronous participation such as discussion or office hours.

Language courses: All EAS language courses will have mandatory synchronous participation. For some courses, both lectures and tutorials are synchronous. In other language courses, the lectures are asynchronous while the tutorials are synchronous. Please see the timetable for details for each specific course.

4. I am hoping to take an EAS course (not a language course) but do not have the prerequisite. What should I do? 

Question added July 14
EAS core courses are meant to be taken in sequence: you must take EAS103H1, EAS105H1 and EAS209H1 in that order. For society-culture courses (all other EAS non-language courses), please check the prerequisites before you enrol. EAS 105H1 is a prerequisite for our 300-level courses, and EAS209H1 is a prerequisite for all 400-level courses. Some courses have additional prerequisites.

If you enrol in a course for which you do not have the prerequisite, you will be removed from the course.

The department only considers requests to waive our core course prerequisites (for example, the prerequisite of EAS105H1 for our 300-level courses) in cases where a student needs the exemption for program progress/graduation purposes. Such requests are only granted in exceptional circumstances, and you must also demonstrate that you are prepared for the course material. Please address your request to Professor Linda Feng, EAS Associate Chair, Undergraduate, and send it to the department at

Waivers of other prerequisites require the permission of the instructor and evidence that you are prepared to handle the course material. If you believe that you are prepared for a course and would like to request an exemption from a specific prerequisite, please write directly to the course instructor.

In all cases, if you receive permission to take a course without the prerequisite, please forward the permission to Finally, if the prerequisite is waived and you are granted permission to take a course, you will be added to the end of the waitlist for the course, behind those who have fulfilled the course prerequisites.

5. I am hoping to take an EAS language course this coming year, but need to go through the placement process because I have some background and did not take the prerequisite. What should I do?

Placement processes for language courses are taking place online. For details, please see our language webpages: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Registration for the Japanese placement test is available now (the test will take place in late July/early August); registration opens for the Chinese and Korean placement tests/interviews on July 24, 9 a.m. EDT.

6. ACORN indicates that multiple courses are being taught on Sunday mornings from 7 a.m.–8 a.m. Why?

Question added July 7
Please refer to the timetable. Lectures with a Sunday morning timeslot on ACORN are in fact being delivered asynchronously. You can enrol in multiple courses with a Sunday morning meeting time on ACORN without worrying about a time conflict.

7. EAS296H1F does not have a topic specified on ACORN. What is the course topic? 

Question added July 16
The course topic is East Asian archeology. The course subtitle will be added to the system.

8. I have questions about my EAS program and/or EAS courses. Whom should I contact?

Please feel welcome to email us at any time at We are working remotely throughout the summer months and will answer your question as soon as we can. If you have multiple questions or a complex question and would like to set up a virtual appointment, please email us with that request. We are happy to meet with you online and will arrange a time that works for you.

9. What other websites should I check out for information about the coming year?

Question added July 7

Information about Fall 2020 at U of T
Faculty of Arts & Science COVID-19 – Undergraduate Student FAQs
Vice-Provost, Students – Covid-19 Information for University of Toronto Students
Your college’s website/the webpage of our college’s Registrar’s Office