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? 1 credit (via two half-credit courses)

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? Apply online

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? 1 credit (via two half-credit courses)

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? Apply online

SMC One: The GilsonMcLuhan and Boyle Seminars

New for 2018-19, 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 is the program structured? 50 students in a weekly two-hour lecture, with two 25 student tutorial groups that meet each week for one hour.

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

How do I apply?  online. Application will open on February 1, 2018.

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? 1 credit

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? Apply online

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 credits

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? Online application with a brief essay and video response

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 credits + 1 (program-based) co-requisite credit = 3 credits

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? Applicationwith brief essay, a personal statement and a description of extracurricular activities 

Woodsworth One

https://wdw.utoronto.ca/woodsworthone

Woodsworth One offers one stream, whch involves small classes and weekly co-curricular workshops that include field trips, guest lectures, films, and student leadership events.

The Order and Disorder stream focuses on the role of laws, values, government policies, trade, and innovation in creating and disrupting both social and global order.   This stream take an interdisciplinary approach to its topic, drawing on perspectives from a wide range of disciplines. 

How many credits? 1 credit (one Fall course and one Winter course)

How is the program structured? Two half-credit seminars limited to 25 students, plus timetable co-curricular activities

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

How do I apply? Applyonline with a brief personal statement

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 credits

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? Onlineapplication with brief personal statement 

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 Academic Transition Courses

http://uoft.me/utm-one

Develop transferable academic skills and enhance your learning with utmONE’s First-Year Academic Transition Courses: utmONE and utmONE Scholars. You will experience an interdisciplinary approach and develop skills you’ll be able to apply across the curriculum. utmONE offers all incoming students (on a first-come, first-serve basis) smaller first-year classes and a focus on campus engagement and skill building within a theme-based course. Admittance to utmONE Scholars is by invitation only and provides incoming students with the highest grades the opportunity to learn together in a small seminar setting.

How many credits? 0.5 credit

How is the program structured? utmONE Scholars offer small seminars and experiential learning opportunities. utmONE consist of weekly class sessions, small tutorial sections, and campus events.

Who is eligible? Students registered at UTM entering first year

How do I apply? Online application for utmONE Scholars, by invitation only. utmONE is first-come, first-serve enrolment through ACORN (UTM course code).