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First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars (199 courses) are open only to newly-admitted, Faculty of Arts & Science students (3.5 credits or less). They are full-credit or half-credit courses that focus on discussion of issues, questions and controversies surrounding a particular discipline (or several disciplines) in a small-group setting that encourages the development of critical thinking, writing skills, oral presentation and research methods. 199 seminars are as rigorous and demanding as any other first-year course and require in addition the acquisition of those skills expected of successful undergraduate students. With a maximum enrolment of 24 students each, they are an ideal way to have an enjoyable and challenging small-class experience in your first year.

First-Year Seminars:

  • Count as 1.0 or 0.5 of the 20 credits required for an Hon. B.A., Hon B.Sc. or B. Com.
  • Do not count towards a program. For example, if you intend to enrol in a Major program in Mathematics, a 199Y1 or 199H1 course offered by the Mathematics Department do not count as one of the courses required for that program.
  • Can be counted towards the breadth requirement.  Each 199 course is categorized according to the five breadth categories as follows:
  • CCR 199 courses count as Category 1 Creative and Cultural Representations;
  • TBB 199 courses count as Category 2 Thought, Belief, and Behaviour;
  • SII 199 courses count as Category 3 Society and Its Institutions;
  • LTE 199 courses count as Category 4 Living Things and Their Environment;
  • PMU 199 courses count as Category 5 The Physical and Mathematical Universes;
  • XBC 199 courses are Y courses that count as half in each of two breadth categories. These two categories are indicated, within brackets, at the end of the course title (e.g., (1 & 3) for a course that counts as half in 1 and half in 3, (4 & 5) for a course that counts as half in 4 and half in 5).

Please Note: Newly Admitted First-Year Students may enroll in only ONE 199Y1 course or TWO 199H1 courses. Students who are enrolled in more than one FCE will be removed from the additional course(s) without consultation.

For students enrolled in Vic One Hundred, enrolment in a first-year seminar course (199s and Vic One Hundred) is limited to 1.0 FCE. Students may take a combination of Vic One Hundred and 199H seminars as long as enrolment does not exceed 1.0 FCE.

Students planning to enroll in two 199H1 half-courses with the same section code (e.g. two F sections or two S sections) with the same designator (e.g., two CCR 199H1F or two LTE 199H1S) will not be able to register in both on ACORN. Students should contact Ms. Deborah Shaw at the First Year Seminars Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Office, 416-978-0359 or deb.shaw@utoronto.ca immediately after enrolling into one 199H1 course on ACORN to be enrolled into the second 199H1 course.

For further information and advice about First-Year Seminars, contact the First Year Seminars Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Office, located in Room 2005, Sidney Smith Hall, 416 978-0359. deb.shaw@utoronto.ca.


2018-2019 First-Year Seminars





2018-19 Arts  & Science Timetable