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Hi,

I'm a permanent resident in Canada, although I have finished high school in Portugal (last July). Until today, I have always thought about studying Journalism, but History has been an option as well. When I came to Canada, I was determined to go with Journalism, and Ryerson seemed to be the best choice for me since I live in Toronto and from what I understand, this is one of the best Journalism programs in the country. The thing is, I'm obviously not as fluent in English as I am in Portuguese, and if I want to study Journalism, excellent knowledge of English and strong communication skills are a must. So I considered History again. Of course excellent English skills are required as well, but it's different. Besides, it's something I know I enjoy and am good at, and being a teacher or a professor in the future is actually an idea I quite like. What made me 'relegate' History to 2nd choice was the chances of employment. Of course someone with a History Degree has some difficulties finding a good job - more than those who have a Journalism degree, I think, although that is also not a very happy career in this perspective.
Anyway, I'm not completely sure yet of what I want. Which brings me to these questions:

- My average is 78.5%, not much but meets the minimum requirements for both Ryerson and U of T's Journalism program. My 12th Grade English grade was 95%. However, I have nothing to include in that portfolio they ask at Ryerson. All this, from what I've read, makes my chances of entrance very very small. I don't know about U of T, but I figure it's pretty much the same and my average won't be enough. Is this correct?
Also, I've heard that Ryerson is a very 'practical' school and those who study there are prepared for actual work in the end. This is not what I'm looking for. Of course I would like to be able to work for a while after my degree, but then I want to keep studying, I don't want to stop there. So, will Ryerson be a good choice or is U of T better? I'm interested only in written and maybe radio journalism ("maybe" because of my horrible English accent). I don't know if any of these universities focus on this more than the other, though.

- About History: Right now I'm considering two universities; York and U of T. York would be great because of the distances, but after what I've been reading online, I don't know if it's a good option...According to this website, York is ranked 4th in the country, but a lot of people seem to call it "the university for those who can't get accepted anywhere else"...Is this true? History wise, is U of T better than York?

Honestly, I am a little afraid of Journalism because I'm not sure it will meet my expectations. I'm not even sure if I really like it as much as I thought I did. I've been thinking about taking History and then, maybe, a Major (or a Minor, I'm not very familiar with this) in Journalism, if I don't change my mind. By that time I would be, hopefully, more familiar with higher education, university life, etc, and have some "basis" to study Journalism.

One more thing, what are the cut-offs and pre-requisites (if there are any) for History Undergraduate program in York and U of T?

Thank you so much and sorry for the huge wall of text.
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A photo of ktel ktel

@alexep wrote


- About History: Right now I'm considering two universities; York and U of T. York would be great because of the distances, but after what I've been reading online, I don't know if it's a good option...According to this website, York is ranked 4th in the country, but a lot of people seem to call it "the university for those who can't get accepted anywhere else"...Is this true? History wise, is U of T better than York?




I'm going to address this paragraph. There is a lot of elitism among Ontario university students, and particularly U of T students. They are the ones badmouthing York. Ignore it, it's a good university.

I think journalism in general is a more 'practical' degree that would expect you to go into the workforce after undergrad. History would probably be more grad school orientated, but I might be wrong. That being said, the job outlook for PhDs in History is NOT good.

In addition, you don't need a journalism degree to pursue journalism. A history, English, science, even engineering degree and decent writing/communication skills can get you in the door. Look at the guy who is the new host of Daily Planet. I believe he has a PhD in some science field, and now he's hosting a TV show.
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A photo of alexep alexep
Thanks for your answer. I've been searching online and it seems that at least for History, U of T is generally better.
Does anyone know if I could get in with an average of 78.5% (I've been told it is rounded to 79%) and an English grade of 95%?
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A photo of Katarina101 Katarina101
Your english grade alone will most likely get you in.
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A photo of ktel ktel
^ Yes, his English grade is great, but if his average is too low then he's out of luck. A 78.5% is cutting it close for a lot of universities these days. www.electronicinfo.ca gives an idea of averages you need to get into different universities
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