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First Year Foundations

All seven colleges in the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs offer distinctive first-year programs that build community, foster critical thinking and writing skills and develop intellectual independence. First Year Foundations (or "Ones") enable first-year students to explore their interests, engage with community, and experience the extraordinary in a small seminar setting.

One programs 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.

Applications for fall 2014 are now closed.  Applications for fall 2015 will be available in the winter.

 

 

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Innis One: The Creative City

Drawing from the College's three academic programs - Cinema Studies, Urban Studies, and Writing and Rhetoric - Innis One encourages you to develop your creative and critical capacities by exploring the dynamism of the urban environment. By reaching beyond the walls of the academy to engage in an imaginative, inquiry-based, and civic-minded learning experience, you will gain a greater appreciation of the interplay between film, writing and urban landscapes. Small seminars featuring guest lecturers, student leadership events, and special field trips will offer you a unique experiential learning opportunity.

  • Number of credits: 1 One credit
  • Program structure: Small seminars and experiential learning activities
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application procedure: Apply online with a brief personal statement
  • Further Information: The Creative City Website
  • Application Closed

 

 

Munk One

Think Big. Work in teams to solve real world problems. Innovate. Munk One provides students with a focus on innovation and global problem-solving. Through case studies of complex challenges worldwide, Munk One students identify innovations that succeed, how successful innovation can be fostered, and why innovative solutions sometimes fail to address global problems. Beyond the classroom, you are placed in cutting-edge global affairs policy labs that are tackling real-world problems. Join a community of students engaging the role of innovation in areas such as cyber security, health, development and sustainability, and human rights.

  • Number of credits: Two
  • Program structure: Two small half-year seminars and one full-year lab course
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application procedure: Apply online with a statement on a global problem and an innovation
  • Further Information: Munk One Website - Challenge Yourself to Innovate
  • Application Closed

 

New One: Learning Without Borders

To foster “learning without borders,” New One integrates perspectives from the arts and sciences, from across the disciplines, from campus and community, and from students at different levels, embracing a variety of ways of learning, both conventional and more creative.  While focusing on a current topic in a small seminar course, students will combine regularly with others in the program, broadening their experience through field trips, public lectures and interactive workshops.  The program explores the ways in which we are connected and interdependent, as well as divided and unequal, locally and globally. It provides opportunities for students to reflect together on what it means to be socially aware and engaged global citizens today.

  • Number of credits: 1 One credit
  • Program structure: Small seminars, co-curricular activities
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application procedure: online application
  • Further Information: Learning Without Borders Website
  • Application Closed

 

 

SMC One: Cornerstone

If you are interested in social justice, SMC One: Cornerstone allows you to integrate your university experience with work in local community and advocacy. The Justice, Culture and Community course explores the theory, development and application of social justice from historical, sociological, political, philosophical, theological and psychological perspectives. Through critical and creative reflection practices, guest lectures and service-learning placements,  SMC One explores questions of truth and value in the context of academic study and lived experience.

  • Number of credits: 1 One credit
  • Program structure: 25 students in each theme-based seminar group; 2 hours of lectures and seminars and an average of 3 hours of community service each week.
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application procedure: online application with brief personal statement and service experience
  • Further Information: Cornerstone Website
  • Application Closed

 

Trinity One

The Margaret MacMillan Trinity One program has offered a slate of discussion-oriented intimate classes for academically engaged students since 2005. It includes five distinct streams, and generous endowments fund both regular co-curricular events, and the Raymond Pryke Chair, an academic appointment dedicated to the program.

  • Number of credits: 2
  • Program structure: Program structure: Five separate streams: The Public Policy, Ethics, theScience of Health, and the Health, Science and Society streams each have one section;International Relations has two. Each section is limited to 25 students. The Public Policy, Ethics, and International Relations streams are completed in one year; the Science of Health and the Health, Science, and Society streams are completed in two.
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application procedure: online application with brief essay and list of extracurricular activities.
 

UC One: Engaging Toronto

University College's UC One enables you to take one of an exciting set of small-enrollment interdisciplinary courses that engage different aspects of Toronto: its communities and their place in Canada, the health of its citizens, its performing arts scene, and the culture and politics of its urban sexual diversity. UC One combines a strong academic orientation with co-curricular components that use Toronto as a laboratory for both humanities and social scientific enquiry. This program not only prepares you to succeed at U of T but also teaches you to apply what you learn to the world around you.

  • Number of credits: 1 One credit
  • Program structure: Seminars of 25 students, community-based research
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application procedure: 150 word personal statement
  • Further Information: Engaging Toronto Website
  • Application Closed

 

 

Vic One (Six Streams)

First launched in 2003, the award winning Vic One is an academically challenging and rigorous program for talented and engaged students who are interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to examining major historical and cultural figures and ideas that have shaped human experience.  

Offered through six academic streams, Vic One aims to stimulate, encourage and refine intellectual curiosity.  Students work directly with instructors in a small-class setting, honing research, presentation, writing, creative and critical thinking skills.  Research opportunities and a weekly-series of guest lectures by noted scholars, thinkers, artists and industry leaders round out the Vic One experience.

  • Number of credits: 2 Vic One credits + 1 (program-based) co-requisite = 3 total
  • Program Structure: Six streams, each with enrolment limited to 25 students (Frye and Pearson streams each have two sections; Jewison, Stowe-Gullen, Schawlow and Ryerson have one section)
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application Procedure: Extracurricular activity history, a brief essay and a brief personal statement
  • Further Information: Vic One Website
  • Application Closed

 

Woodsworth One

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder,” Paul Valery once wrote.  Society requires law and order, but at what point does order become repression?  Disorder and change bring innovation and progress, but at what cost? Drawing upon sociology, political science, history, philosophy, psychology, and economics, Woodsworth One considers our inherent preference for order, and the ways in which order arises and collapses among groups, societies, states, and markets. In addition, it discusses the ways in which innovations of the past and future can transform our society and the globe. In addition to the seminars, the program includes a wide range of support resources, community-building activities, guest lectures, student leadership events, and field trips. 

  • Number of credits: 1 One credit
  • Program structure: Two half-credit seminars limited to 25 students, plus timetabled co-curricular activities.
  • Eligibility: Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) applicants
  • Application procedure: online application with brief personal statement
  • Further Information: Woodsworth One Website
  • Application Closed

 

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