First Year Opportunities

First Year Foundations - One Programs

First Year Foundations typically combine one or more small-group, theme-based courses with co-curricular events (e.g. guest lectures) and experiential learning opportunities. All first-year, full-time students in the Faculty of Arts & Science, regardless of college affiliation, are eligible for admission to these programs.

All seven colleges and the Munk School of Global Affairs in the Faculty of Arts & Science offer distinctive first-year programs to help with the transition to university. These programs focus on developing critical thinking, speaking and writing skills and an atmosphere that allows you to develop close relationships with fellow classmates and instructors.


First Year Seminars

  • First Year Seminars give you an opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a class of no more than 24 students
  • Issues, questions or controversies of particular interest to the instructor are discussed
  • You are encouraged to develop your ability to think analytically and to express ideas and logical arguments through class discussions and in your writing
  • Examples include: Fatal Attraction: The Lure of Villains (and now Vampires!) in Literature – examine the lure of the charismatic, compelling, and ultimately devious villain; Capitalism, the First 3000 Years – study the long and complex history of this political system; Astronomy at the Frontier – be at the cutting edge of astronomy, cosmology and space science by learning about the formation of stars and galaxies, exploration of the solar system, dark


First Year Learning Communities (FLCs)

  • First Year Learning Communities (FLCs or "flicks") are small groups of first-year students who have several classes in common
  • FLCs are offered in eight areas of study:  Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Economics, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy, Rotman Commerce and Social Sciences
  • The goal of FLCs is to help you meet classmates in your area of study, develop friendships and form study groups, while developing academic and personal skills
  • Program enrolment is limited and all FLC groups are capped at 24-30 students


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year