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First year options


Woodsworth One and other "Ones" Programs

First-Year Foundations: Ones Programs are optional programs that combine seminars and experiential learning opportunities specially designed to help first-year students get off to a solid start at U of T. If you’re a first-year full-time student in the Faculty of Arts & Science you are eligible, regardless of college affiliation. There are eight different First-Year Foundations Programs - learn more on the Faculty of Arts & Science website.

Woodsworth One

Woodsworth One is our very own First-Year Foundations Program right here at Woodsworth College. No application is necessary for WDW One. The Woodsworth One program has two streams: Order and Disorder and Popular Culture today. All courses are capped at 30 students. Order and Disorder explores issues pertaining to law, crime, warfare and justice. It draws upon criminology, sociology, political science, philosophy and history. Popular Culture Today examines the products of the entertainment industry -- movies, music, and more -- and the behaviours associated with their consumption, exploring popular culture's economic, social, and political meaning and importance. Both streams include skills workshops, field trips, guest lectures, and films. Visit the Woodsworth One website to learn more.


First-Year Foundations Seminars

The Faculty of Arts & Science First-Year Foundations Seminars are open only to newly-admitted Faculty of Arts & Science students. They are full-credit or half-credit courses that focus on the discussion of issues, questions and controversies surrounding a particular discipline (or several disciplines) in a small-group setting. With a maximum enrolment of 24 students each, these seminars encourage the development of critical thinking, writing, oral presentation and research skills. Foundations Seminars are an ideal way to have an enjoyable and challenging small-class experience in your first year.

Woodsworth College First-Year Foundation Seminars

There are a number of Foundations Seminars offered right here at Woodsworth College. Learn more about Woodsworth's First-Year Foundations Seminars.


First-Year Learning Communities (FLC) Program

The First-Year Learning Communities (FLC) Program in the Faculty of Arts & Science is designed to improve the transitional experience for first-year students. FLCs provide first-year students with the opportunity to meet classmates, develop friendships, form study groups, and develop academic and personal skills. FLCs also introduce students to the resources, opportunities, culture, and benefits of the campus and its surrounding community.

As a student in a First-Year Learning Community or FLC, you will get together with a small group (25-30) of first-year students who are also registered in several of the same courses, labs and tutorials. Each FLC group meets on a bi-weekly basis for academic, developmental and social activities facilitated by senior-year students and with the guidance of faculty and staff advisors. In addition to the Woodsworth College FLCs listed below, you are invited to apply for FLCs in Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Economics, Humanities, Mathematics and the Social Sciences.

First-Year Learning Community at Woodsworth College

Life Sciences FLC

The Life Sciences First-Year Learning Community (FLC) is for students academically interested in the Life Sciences.  Along with learning the fundamental FLC curriculum, the Life Sciences FLC will provide you with opportunities to learn about research and writing norms in the Sciences, strategies to navigate U of T Libraries, how-to find research roles at the University and volunteer positions with local hospitals as well as the many program options available to a student in the Life Sciences.

The following information applies to the 2021-2022 academic year. Please check back in spring 2022 for updates:

As a member of the Life Sciences FLC, you will join with other first-year Woodsworth students in your FLC group as well as sharing the same sections of BIO120H1F and BIO130H1S; MAT135H1F and MAT136H1S; CHM138H1 and CHM136H1. The Woodsworth College Life Sciences FLC is held on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Rotman Commerce FLC (RSM099Y)

The following information applies to the 2021-2022 academic year. Please check back in spring 2022 for updates:

All first-year Rotman Commerce students are pre-enrolled or automatically enrolled into a First-Year Learning Community (FLC). You will see this on your timetable as RSM099Y1 – this is not a course. Learn more on the Rotman Commerce FLC website