First-Year Learning Communities: Humanities

The Humanities FLC is where you can discover research and writing norms in the Humanities, think about different approaches to research and learn strategies to navigate the University of Toronto’s Libraries. You will also build meaningful relationships with instructors, upper-year students and alumni from the Humanities. 

Eligibility  

  • First-year students in the Faculty of Arts & Science who have been admitted to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus. 
  • Students living off campus are encouraged to apply to the Humanities FLC 

Apply to Humanities FLC 

  • FLC Applications are currently closed for the 2022-2023 year. You can join a waitlist for the program by completing the following application form.  Please note: You will only be contacted if a spot becomes available.

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FLC Courses Overview 

Your FLC group will meet at a welcome session during the first week of classes and then every other week starting September 19, 2022.  

In addition to your FLC sessions, you can also connect with your FLC peers in your core first-year courses. You must select two of the following Humanities courses to be automatically enrolled in. These are the same first-year courses (and accompanying tutorials) as the other students in your FLC. These courses include: 

  • HIS103Y1Y– Statecraft and Strategy: An Introduction to the History of International Relations 
  • ENG140Y1Y- Literature for Our Time 
  • PHL100Y1Y— Introduction to Philosophy 
  • RLG101H1-F- Introducing Religion: Reason and Religion in a Modern Time OR RGL107H1-S: It's the End of the World as We Know It 

You will have the option to choose additional courses to complete your first-year course schedule during course enrolment in July. 

  • Humanities FLC HUM099Y1-Y LEC0101/LEC0201, Tuesdays 2 – 3:30 pm
  • HIS103Y1-Y Lecture 0101: Mondays and Wednesdays 2 - 3:00 pm
    • HIS103Y1-Y Tutorial 0201/0202: Mondays 4 - 5:00 pm
  • ENG140Y1-Y Lecture 0101: Fridays 2 - 4:00 pm
    • ENG140Y1-Y Tutorial 0101/0102: Fridays 12 - 1:00 pm
  • PHL100Y1-Y Lecture 0101: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am - 12:00 pm
    • PHL100Y1-Y Tutorial 0201/0202: Thursdays 1 - 2:00 pm
  • RLG101H1-F Lecture 0101: Mondays 12 - 2:00 pm
    • RLG101H1-F Tutorial 0301: Tuesdays 4 - 5:00 pm 
  • Humanities FLC HUM099Y1-Y LEC0101/LEC0201, Tuesdays 2– 3:30 pm
  • ENG140Y1-Y Lecture 0101: Fridays 2 - 4:00 pm
    • ENG140Y1-Y Tutorial 0101/0102: Fridays 12 - 1 pm
  • HIS103Y1-Y Lecture 0101: Mondays and Wednesdays 2 - 3:00 pm
    • HIS103Y1-Y Tutorial 0201/0202: Mondays 4 - 5:00 pm
  • PHL100Y1-Y Lecture 0101: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 - 12:00 pm
    • PHL100Y1-Y Tutorial 0201/0202: Thursdays 1 - 2:00 pm
  • RLG107H1-S Lecture 0101 Online synchronous: Wednesdays 1 - 3:00 pm
    • RLG107H1-S Tutorial 0101/0102 Online Synchronous: Wednesdays 3 - 4:00 pm

Your FLC Team 

Photo of Emma Hopkins, Economics FLC peer mentor

Emma Hopkins, Peer Mentor

Year: Three

Program: History and English

College: Woodsworth College

Hometown: Uxbridge, Ontario

Studies: I’m currently double-majoring in History and English, with the hopes of attending law school after undergrad. I’m a 2022 Laidlaw Scholar, and have previously been a Registered Study Group Leader and a volunteer note-taker.

Why peer mentorship? I’m interested in being a peer mentor because I strongly believe that FLC is an amazing opportunity for all first-year students. Throughout this year of FLC, I hope to educate first-years about everything U of T has to offer, and help them to make friends and maximize their university experience.

Advice to first-year students: The advice I would give to first year students is that it’s okay to be nervous or scared, but to use those emotions to push you out of your comfort zone and towards new things!

 

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Kristina Co, Assistant Peer Mentor

Year: Two

Program: Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, minors in Philosophy and Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity

College: University College

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Studies: I am studying Criminology and Sociolegal Studies with minors in Philosophy and Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity. I hope to become a civil rights attorney in the future and am currently an intern at the American Civil Liberties Union Northern California branch.

Why peer mentorship? I chose to be an assistant peer mentor because of the awesome experience I had with my FLC and I want to provide that to others. I hope I can also introduce helpful resources and guidance that allowed me to have a successful and fun first year!

Advice to first-year students: Get involved with clubs that genuinely interest you! From animé to debate to kendo and so much more, it's a great way to connect with others on campus and give yourself a break from academics.

 

Photo of Chelsea Macasaet, Humanities peer mentor

Chelsea Macasaet, Peer Mentor 

Year: Three

Program: International Relations, Environmental Studies

College: New College

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Studies: I'm studying international relations and environmental studies in the hopes of pursuing a postgrad degree! I'm involved with New College as a peer mentor and orientation leader, and I've been hosting a podcast called Arm Bridge with my friend for the past two years.

Why peer mentorship? Looking back, there were a lot of choices I made as an undergrad that I wish I had more guidance on. As a peer mentor, I want to make sure that first-year students have someone they can rely on in regards to different aspects of university life: making friends, choosing a program, living alone, etc.

Advice to first-year students: Say yes to new things, but not too many! University is a time of discovery and you never know what you might like.

 

Shirley Chen, Humanities FLC assistant peer mentor

Shirley Chen, Assistant Peer Mentor

Year: Two

Program: English, Philosophy, Book and Media Studies

College: Innis College

Hometown: Guangzhou, China

Studies: I'm pursuing a Specialist in English and Minors in Philosophy and Book and Media Studies. I enjoy reading/writing speculative fiction and I'm currently working on a novel! I also design posts for U of T's Creative Writing Club (everyone is welcomed!).

Why peer mentorship? I'm interested in being a peer mentor because I was a mentee in my first year. I found the program to be extremely helpful and engaging, and I want to give back to the FLC community.

Advice to first-year students: Join clubs! You could meet a lot of people who share your passions and interests.