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Program Overview & Courses

How does the program work?



    Part-time and full-time options

    Part-time option

    The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis, which involves taking a single course as a part-time student. Most students choose this option. There are three possible start-times for the part-time program: SeptemberJanuary and April.

    1. The Fall/ Winter session runs from September to December or September to April (applications open in May*).
    2. The Winter session runs from January to April (applications open in October*).
    3. The Summer session runs from April to June (applications open in January*).

    *We encourage you to submit your completed application well in advance of the start date you have chosen. 

    Full-time option

    Some students choose to enrol in the full-time offering of the program which includes three courses. The full-time program takes place during the Fall/ Winter session (September to April). Applications open in May*. 

    The full-time program may be more suitable for you if:

    • You have been out of school for a significant amount of time and you would like more academic skills instruction.
    • You have not completed senior-level high school courses.
    • You require OSAP while you are studying to help cover living expenses.

    *We encourage you to submit your completed application well in advance of the start date.


    Eligibility to transition into degree studies

    If you successfully complete one Academic Bridging Program course by earning a grade of 63 per cent or higher, you are eligible to begin degree studies in a bachelor of arts program within the Faculty of Arts & Science the following September.  

    • If you earn between 63 per cent and 72 per cent in the course, you may begin degree studies as a part-time student.
    • If you earn a grade higher than 73 per cent, you have the option to begin full-time studies immediately following the program.

    Part-Time Academic Bridging Program Timetable
    Applicants will enrol in ONE of the available part-time courses:


    September 2019 to April 2020:

    Contemporary Canada (WDW102Y1Y) Monday 10 am - 1 pm
    Introduction to the Study of Literature (WDW103Y1Y) Tuesday 1 pm - 4 pm
    Introduction to Environmental Studies (WDW104Y1Y) Wednesday 6 pm - 9 pm
    Topics in Indigenous Cultures and Societies (WDW105Y1Y) Monday 1 pm - 4 pm


    September 2019 to December 2019:

    (students who complete this course will not be eligible to enrol in degree studies in January 2020)

    Canadian History (WDW101Y1F) Tuesday and Thursdays 10 am - 1 pm


    January 2020 - April 2020:

    Contemporary Canada (WDW102Y1S) Tuesday and Thursdays 6 pm - 9 pm
    Introduction to the Study of Literature (WDW103Y1S) Tuesday and Thursdays 1 pm - 4 pm

    April 2020 - June 2020:

    (applications for the summer will be available on this website by the end of January) 

    Contemporary Canada (WDW102Y1F) Monday and Wednesdays 1 pm - 4 pm
    Contemporary Canada (WDW102Y1F) Tuesday and Thursdays 6 pm - 9 pm

    Full-Time Academic Bridging Program Timetable
    Applicants will be enrolled into ALL of these full-time program courses:

    September 2019 to April 2020
    Introduction to Academic Studies (ABP100Y1Y) Tuesday 10 am -1 pm
    Contemporary Canada (WDW102Y1Y)

    Monday 10 am -1 pm

    Order and Disorder I (WDW151H1F) Thursday 10am - 1pm (Sep to Dec)
    Order and Disorder II (WDW152H1S) Thursday 10am - 1pm (Jan to Apr)

    Academic Bridging courses


    Introduction to Academic Studies

    This interdisciplinary, skills-focused course parallels the other component courses of the full-time Academic Bridging Program, supplementing those courses while providing intensive, workshop-style training in the fundamental skills needed for success in the program in further university studies. The course will focus on the texts studied in both Contemporary Canada and Order and Disorder I and II, and a substantial amount of class time will be devoted to preparing for and writing the term assignments for those courses and helping students integrate their entire Academic Bridging experience.


    Canadian History

    This course provides a survey of Canada’s political, social and economic history from European settlement to the near present by studying a range of topics, including the history of Canada’s First Nations people, Anglophone-Francophone relations, relations with Great Britain and the United States and the development of the various structures of modern Canada.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Anthropology, Cultural or Media Studies, International Relations, Political Science and History.


    Contemporary Canada

    This interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to the changing nature of contemporary Canadian society by examining the historical roots of a variety of themes, such as Aboriginal issues, regionalism, French-English relations, gender/women’s issues and immigration/multiculturalism. They are examined in a variety of interdisciplinary sources that include geography, history, politics, literature and culture.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Art, Geography, Political Science and Sociology or interdisciplinary programs such as Canadian Studies or Women’s Studies.


    Introduction to the Study of Literature

    In this course, students will learn how to read critically, comprehend more fully and analyze representative examples of outstanding literary work in drama, poetry and fiction. They will also learn how to write more clearly and effectively and how to use the library to do research. This is a Humanities course, and, as such, addresses major issues of the human condition – love and friendship, aging and death, the natural and social environment and heredity and free will.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Comparative Literature, English, Philosophy and Writing and Rhetoric.


    Introduction to Environmental Studies

    This interdisciplinary course introduces major issues regarding the sustainability of the global environment in the face of human development by integrating Humanities and Social Science with the fundamental concept of environmental sciences. It focuses on a variety of themes, such as human development and health issues, environmental toxicology, solid and hazardous waste, air and water pollution, climate change, ethical concerns, food resources, renewable energy and conservation and sustainability.

    You might consider this course if you have interests in:

    Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, Geography, History, Sociology and Political Science.


    Topics in Indigenous Cultures and Societies

    This course provides an interdisciplinary focus on key topics relevant to Indigenous communities, historically and in the present. Students will be introduced to diverse cultures, communities, and worldviews of Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (particularly Canada) and how they have been affected by colonialism. Emphasis will be placed on the ways Indigenous peoples are resisting social, economic, political, and environmental injustices, while revitalizing their identities, knowledges, and communities and creating space for the expression of Indigenous voices.