First year options
First Year Foundations: Woodsworth One
First Year Foundations (also known as the One 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 to apply to these programs, regardless of college affiliation.
In the Woodsworth One program, Order and Disorder, you will explore issues and topics on law and order through seminars introducing perspectives from criminology, sociology, political science, philosophy and history. The program also includes a wide range of community-building activities, guest lectures, student leadership events and special field trips. As much as possible, you will be enrolled in special Woodsworth One tutorial sections in your Arts & Science courses, unifying your entire first year experience. Visit the Woodsworth One website to learn more and apply.
First Year Seminars (199 courses)
The Faculty of Arts & Science First-Year Seminars (also known as 199 courses) 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, 199 courses encourage the development of critical thinking, writing, oral presentation and research skills. 199 courses are an ideal way to have an enjoyable and challenging small-class experience in your first year.
There are a number of 199 courses offered right here at Woodsworth College. Learn more about the Woodsworth 199 courses.
First-Year Learning Communities (FLC) Program
The First-Year Learning Communities (FLC) Program in the Faculty of Arts and 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 benefit 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.
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; CHM138H1F and CHM139H1S. The Woodsworth College Life Sciences FLC is held on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 p.m. In addition to sessions covering strategies for academic success, previous FLCs toured the Grant’s Anatomy Museum, skated at City Hall and visited the Princess Margaret Radiation Unit.
As a member of the Rotman Commerce FLC, you will join with other first-year Woodsworth students in your FLC as well as sharing the same sections of RSM100H1, RSM250H1, RSM230H1 and RSM219H1; ECO101H1 and ECO102H1; MAT133Y1Y. The Woodsworth College Life Science FLCs are held on Mondays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. OR on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (depending on the FLC section you apply for). In addition to sessions covering strategies for academic success, previous FLCs have gone to the Rotman Commerce Career Centre, the Rotman Finance Lab as well as participating in an annual case competition.
You are also invited to apply to the other FLCs offered in Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Economics, Humanities, Mathematics and the Social Sciences. For further information, please visit First-Year Learning Communities.