First-Year Study Options

Choose one of three

Students entering the Bachelor of Arts degree program may choose one of three approaches to their first year of study:

Arts ONE

Engages students in academic discussion through the analysis of classic and critical texts from within the literature of the humanities and social sciences. Arts One blends three courses into one cohesive theme, with one set of readings, a series of essay assignments, and one exam. For more info, visit

Credits: 18-credit program structured as one course, plus 12 credits of electives

Length: Two terms (Sept – Apr)

Streams: Visit

Teaching Approach: Each stream is team-taught by five faculty members from various departments.

Format: Standard Timetable. A lecture of up to 100 students once a week; seminars of 20 students twice a week; and tutorials with a ratio of one faculty member to every four students once a week.

Assignments: One set of readings, a series of essays, and a final capstone assignment.

Degree Requirements: Arts One satisfies the Writing Component and three credits of the Literature Requirement.

Coordinated Arts Program (CAP)

Introduces students to a variety of core disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts within a supportive cohort setting. Students select a stream of study that encompasses linked, but separate courses connected by a broad research focus. For more info, visit

Credits: 18-credit program made up of 5 separate courses, plus 12 credits of electives

Length: Two terms (Sept – Apr)

Streams 2015/16: Media Studies; Global Citizens; Individual & Society; Law & Society; PPE (Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics)

Teaching Approach: Each course is taught by a different faculty member.

Format: Standard Timetable. Each course has a lecture of up to 125 students once a week and a seminar of approx. 25 students once a week.

Assignments: Each course has its own readings, assignments and exam.

Degree Requirements: All CAP streams satisfy the Writing Component and all streams except PPE also satisfy three credits of the Literature Requirement.

Custom Timetable

Allows students to explore a broad range of Arts disciplines with maximum flexibility. Students design their own course schedules to meet degree requirements. For more info, click here.

Credits: Students build a timetable of courses to meet 30 credits.

Length: Typically a mix of one- and two- term courses

Streams: N/A

Teaching Approach: Varies

Format: Varies

Assignments: Varies

Degree Requirements: Students must ensure that they include courses that meet first-year degree requirements, specifically the Writing Component of the Writing and Research Requirement.

vsaranphotodotcom-46Ease the transition to university

Arts One and CAP both ease the transition from high school to university by offering small learning communities, coordinated assignment schedules, and access to the Gateway Lounge, an exclusive study and social space located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Their cohort structure also makes it easier to meet peers and build social and academic relationships.

Identify or confirm an area of interest

Bachelor of Arts students are not required to declare a major in first year. Instead, each of the three study options provides the opportunity to try out and confirm an area of interest, or explore and identify a new one. In most cases, BA students declare or apply for their major at the end of their second year.