First Year Foundations: The One Programs

First Year Foundations: The One Programs are optional combinations of courses, seminars and experiential learning opportunities specially designed to help first-year Arts, Science and Business students get off to a solid start at  
U of T. 

Like the Greater Toronto Area itself, the University is a collection of distinct and diverse communities. Start building your own core community from day one. Within dynamic small-group offerings, you will learn key critical thinking and writing skills, develop intellectual independence, expand your creative side and make a successful transition into university life.

One recent graduate took this route in her first year, and found it transformative. “I learned about ideas from disciplines as varied as anthropology, equity studies, philosophy, global health, and Classics, and from classmates whose political view ranged from Marxism to the Tea Party,” says Christine Farquharson. As an aspiring policy analyst, these perspectives helped her develop a nuanced worldview. She went on to complete a double major in Economics and European Studies with a Political Science minor.

While that One Program at Victoria College focused on social sciences, you can choose from a variety of these small-group programs offered at each U of T campus, at all seven St. George colleges and at the Munk School of Global Affairs. You can enroll in a One Program even if you aren’t a member of its college. Immerse yourself in the polemics of public policy in the Trinity One program, develop a creative and critical approach to the urban environment with Innis One, tackle real-world global problems at Munk One, or integrate your studies with community service at SMC One (all of these are at St. George). Conduct geological fieldwork or map your own genome sequence in the experiential-learning-focused UTSC One, or examine the role of creative expression in society at utmONE.

Take time to find the best fit for you.

Innis One: The Creative City

innis.utoronto.ca/academic-programs/one/

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.

How many credits? 0.5 FCE

How is the program structured? Small seminars and experiential learning activities

Who is eligible? Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus) applicants; full-time first-year applicants to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

How do I apply? Enrol during course selection

New One: Learning Without Borders

www.newcollege.utoronto.ca/academics/new-college-academic-programs/newone-learning-without-borders/

Explore the borderless issues of food securitylanguage diversitydigital technology and science and social justice by choosing among eight interdisciplinary and connected seminars. Experience New College’s commitment to socially engaged learning by participating in field trips, conversations with community leaders and senior students, public talks by scholars and academic skills-building workshops.

How many credits? 0.5 FCE

How is the program structured? Small seminars and experiential learning activities

Who is eligible? Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus) applicants; full-time first-year applicants to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

How do I apply? Enrol during course selection

SMC One: The GilsonMcLuhan and Boyle Seminars

St. Michael’s College offers first-year students the chance to join one of three exclusive seminars that will explore the intersection of faith with today’s most important questions.

How many credits? 0.5 FCE each for the McLuhan Seminar, the Boyle Seminar, the Gilson Seminar in Faith and Ideas and the Gilson Seminar in Faith and Rome.

How is the program structured?  20 to 40 students per Seminar delivered in a combination of lectures and tutorials depending on the Seminar.

Who is eligible? Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George), newly admitted first-year, full-time students

How do I apply? Apply online

Further Information: The GilsonMcLuhan, and Boyle Seminars

For questions, contact Michael Czobit: michael.czobit@utoronto.ca.

UC One: Engaging Toronto

www.uc.utoronto.ca/ucone/

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.

How many credits? 0.5 FCE

How is the program structured? Seminars of 25 students, community-based research

Who is eligible? Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus) applicants; full-time first-year applicants to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

How do I apply? Enrol during course selection

Trinity One

web.trinity.utoronto.ca/prospective/first-year-learning/trinity-one.html

Since 2005 The Margaret MacMillan Trinity One program has been a destination for students looking to challenge themselves in an intellectually engaging and supportive environment. Trinity One streams offer students a specialized inter-disciplinary introduction to central theories and concepts, while also devoting significant time to building the core skills needed to thrive in a wide range of subject areas. In addition to the two stream specific seminars, students attend monthly lunchtime talks with leading scholars as well other social and academic events designed to open up doors within the university.

How many credits? 2.0 FCE

How is the program structured?  Trinity One has six streams consisting of two credits each: Policy, Philosophy, & EconomicsEthics, Society, & LawInternational Relationsthe Anne Steacy Biomedical Health Stream; the Butterfield Environment & Sustainability Streamthe Anne Steacy Medicine & Global Health Stream. Students enroll in one of these six streams and class sizes are limited to 25 students. For Policy, Philosophy, & Economics; Ethics, Society, & Law; International Relations; the Butterfield Environment & Sustainability Stream; and the Anne Steacy Medicine & Global Health stream, the two seminar credits are both taken concurrently in the first year. For the Anne Steacy Biomedical Health Stream, one seminar credit is taken in the first year, and the second seminar credit is taken in the second year. 

Who is eligible? Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus) applicants; full-time first-year applicants to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design; Biomedical Health is limited to science students

How do I apply? Apply Online 

Vic One

www.vic.utoronto.ca/Future_Students/vicone.htm

Launched in 2003, the award-winning Vic One is the first of the ONE programs. It is an academically challenging and inspiring program for talented and engaged students who are interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, research, and human experience.

Vic One aims to stimulate, encourage and refine intellectual curiosity. Students work directly with professors in a small-class setting, honing research, presentation, writing, creative and critical thinking skills. Depending on the stream of study in humanities, sciences, or social sciences, students have a variety of opportunities for enhanced experiential learning, such as mentorship by a life science or technology professional, archival research projects, and educational field placements in Toronto schools. A weekly series of guest lectures by noted scholars, thinkers, artists and industry leaders rounds out the Vic One experience.

How many credits? 2.0 FCE

How is the program structured? Small seminar courses + guest lectures

Who is eligible? Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus) applicants; full-time first-year applicants to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

How do I apply? Apply Online

Woodsworth One

https://wdw.utoronto.ca/woodsworthone

Woodsworth One offers small classes for students in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The theme is “Order and Disorder” and the courses focus on law, crime, war, justice and government policies. If you’re studying Political Science, Sociology, Criminology, International Relations, History, Economics, Philosophy and related disciplines, Woodsworth One could be a great fit for you!

As a Woodsworth One student, you take one course in the Fall term and another in the Winter, each worth a half credit (0.5 Full Course Equivalent, or “FCE.”) In addition, you participate in weekly co-curricular activities.

The courses are capped at 25 students and the emphasis is on class discussion and participation. It’s a great way to build a new network of friends. You participate in role-playing games, simulations, debates and more. The co-curricular activities include field trips, guest speakers, and workshops on important skills such as time management, research, and test-taking.

As a Woodsworth One student, you have access to a team of peer mentors: upper-year students who have already gone through the program. These mentors attend class and help you navigate your first year. They share advice on studying, balancing school and other demands, and generally help to build a strong sense of community within the program.

The Woodsworth One team also includes Woodsworth’s Academic Writing Centre, a Learning Strategist, a dedicated Registrar, and a program administrator. Each member of the team seeks to create a strong sense of community and to set students up for academic success.

The Woodsworth One team also includes Woodsworth’s Academic Writing Centre, a Learning Strategist, a dedicated Registrar, and a program administrator. Each member of the team seeks to create a strong sense of community and to set students up for academic success.

Woodsworth One offers students:

  • Small classes, but a big community;
  • A direct connection to the professor;
  • Interactive learning experiences, field trips, and guest speakers;
  • Networking & advising for future academic and career paths;
  • Workshops to build academic skills: test-taking, time management, essay-writing, and more;
  • Lots of support: upper year mentors, and support staff dedicated to aiding the transition to university.

What courses do I need to take, and how many credits will I receive? Students must enrol themselves in both WDW 151 (Fall term) and WDW 152 (Winter term). You’ll receive 1.0 FCE in total.

How is the program structured? Two half-credit seminars capped at 25 students, plus weekly co-curricular activities. Learn more from two former students or reach out to one.wdw@utoronto.ca with your questions.

Who is eligible? Woodsworth One is for first-year students enrolled in the Social Sciences and Humanities within the Faculty of Arts & Science. In keeping with Woodworth College’s tradition of open access, there is no incoming grade requirement.

How do I register for Woodsworth One? Registration in Woodsworth One is done via ACORN. Find course enrolment instructions on the Faculty of Arts & Science website.

Munk One: Global Innovation

munkschool.utoronto.ca/munk-one/

Think Big. Work in teams to solve real world problems. Munk One prepares students to connect research to action on some of the most important global challenges in health, environmental sustainability, poverty, education, security, and digital governance.  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 labs that are tackling real-world problems offering unique enrichment opportunities to work with professors, distinguished experts and graduate students from the first year of university, and form a tight-knit community with like-minded peers within Canada’s largest university.

How many credits? 2.0 FCE

How is the program structured? Two small half-year seminars and one full-year lab course

Who is eligible? Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus) applicants; full-time first-year applicants to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

How do I apply? Apple Online

UTSC One

www.utsc.utoronto.ca/admissions/utscone

The first year experience at UTSC offers options for small seminars, fieldwork and engaging workshops to provide you with hands-on educational opportunities. You will have access to a multitude of resources to support your transition to university and your future success.

How many credits? 0.5 credit for each academic course; other options not for credit

How is the program structured? Small seminars, travel, fieldwork, co- and extra-curricular activities

Who is eligible? Students registered at UTSC entering first year

How do I apply? Online enrolment through ACORN for academic courses

utmONE: First-Year Transition Courses

http://uoft.me/utmone-courses

Develop foundational learning strategies, and sharpen your academic skills while engaging and reflecting on themes related to becoming a successful, well-rounded student.  utmONE first-year transition courses are interdisciplinary and small in size giving you the opportunity to connect with classmates from all disciplines and to develop meaningful connections with your instructors.  All utmONE course sections are designed to provide you with the transferrable skills you need for a successful university career.  utmONE courses are open to all first-year students. 

How many credits? 0.5 credit

How is the program structured? utmONE courses consist of weekly class sessions and small tutorial sections (maximum 28 students)

Who is eligible? Students registered at UTM entering first year

How do I apply? Online enrolment through ACORN for academic courses.

The Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy also offers utmONE Scholars seminars to incoming first-year students who have received an entrance scholarship and have an incoming CGPA of 90% or above.  Entrance to the utmONE Scholars seminars are application-based and by invitation. More information can be found at https://uoft.me/utmone-scholars