Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions are illustrations of the courses that are listed in the Western Academic Calendar.  Student Central offers a course description service for successfully completed undergraduate courses only (excluding special topics courses).  The descriptions are not sent by email or fax.  Course description requests may take up to two weeks to process.

These descriptions are available at $2.00 per course.

Note: For Graduate, Professional, or Faculty of Education course descriptions please contact the related department.

Is a course description the same as a syllabus?

No. A course description is a brief overview or statement that informs students of the subject matter and breadth of a course. These descriptions are found within the Western Academic Calendar to assist students during enrollment periods. Course descriptions prior to the current year.

A syllabus is the detailed, structured outline of a course that is usually composed by the instructor or department of said course, and distributed at the start of each term.  Undergraduate and Graduate course syllabi become available on Student Center after the first month of the term.  For Undergraduate and Graduate syllabi before 2009 contact the Department that offered the course.

How to Order

Note: Due to Payment Card Industry requirements, we are unable to process any requests received via email.

To order Course Descriptions, please complete the Official Course Descriptions Request form (pdf) and submit using one of the methods specified below. Alternatively, you may submit a signed letter that includes: your name, student number, date of birth, telephone number where you can be reached, Visa or Mastercard number with expiry date, card verification value (CVV) number and cardholder's signature, the courses or academic years you would like the descriptions for, and the full mailing address of where the course descriptions are to be sent.

In Person: Order by coming into Student Central during regular business hours. In person requests can be paid via cash, cheque, money order, or credit card.

Fax: 519-850-2397


Student Central - Course Descriptions
Room: 1120 Western Student Services Building
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, CANADA
N6A 3K7

All Course Description orders must include payment to be processed.