Do New One courses count towards the 20 credits I need to complete my degree?
Yes. Each New One course counts as a half credit (.5 FCE) towards your degree.
Do New One courses count as a credit toward any Major, Specialist or Minor program of study?
No, New One courses do not fulfill the requirements of any Major, Specialist or Minor program of study.
Can I use New One courses to fulfill the Breadth Requirement?
Yes, you may use your New One courses as electives or towards fulfillment of the Breadth Requirement.*
* For an explanation of the Breadth Requirement, see the Degree Requirements in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar. All these New One courses can be used to fulfill Breadth Requirement #3: Society and Its Institutions.
Do I have to be a New College student to apply to New One?
No, any first year student who has applied to the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George campus can apply to New One.
How will I know I’ve been accepted to a New One course?
We review applications on an ongoing basis. You will receive an email about the status of your application no later than June 1. If you are offered a place in New One, you need to confirm acceptance of that offer by the indicated deadline to secure your place in your two selected New One courses. Further offers of places will be made throughout the summer if space is still available.
I am also interested in a course in another College One program. Can I take both a New One course and a course in another College One program?
No, you can only accept an offer to one of the College One programs.
Can I participate in an FLC (First Year Learning Community) if I am enrolled in a New One course?
Yes, you can participate in both New One and a FLC.
What is a seminar?
A seminar is a small group of students that meets with an instructor to examine a subject in depth and discuss emerging ideas and insights. Each New One course takes the form of a seminar that most often meets for 2 hours each week, with a third hour set aside for other New One program activities.
What are plenary sessions (Learning Labs)?
Plenary sessions – which in New One we call Learning Labs – bring together all the students in concurrent New One courses for joint activities such as guest speakers, panels, workshops and performances. The Learning Labs will occasionally take the full 3 hours of class time (for example when we take field trips or do academic development workshops), but most often will be for an hour, followed by your course seminar.
How can I enroll in New One courses?
You must first apply to New One and accept your offer of admission by the given date. You will be automatically enrolled in your two chosen New One courses a day or two before the first day of on-line enrollment for first year students (the end of July). If you apply and are accepted into New One after that date, the New One Coordinator will arrange for your enrollment.
I have been admitted to a course in New One, but I think I may have a timetable conflict with a required course in my program of study. What should I do?
New One classes take place on Thursdays 1 – 4 pm in both terms. If this time clashes with required course schedules contact your College Registrar as soon as possible to see what options there might be for enrolling in another course. It is helpful if you find out about timetable conflicts as soon as possible. There are often waiting lists for the New One courses and if you are not able to take them, we would like to offer your position to the next student in line.
Do any of the courses require any specialized knowledge or educational background? For example, does the course on Digital Technology require knowledge of computers and/or a science background?
None of the New One courses require a specialized knowledge. In fact, we encourage you to take this opportunity in your first year to explore topics that you are interested in but perhaps don’t know too much about. The New One Program is intended to broaden your knowledge and open you up to new and different kinds of learning experiences. The program provides opportunities for all to contribute their knowledge, share experiences and learn from each other.
New One I courses in the first term (September to December) do not assume students will have prior specialized or technical knowledge. Students will come with different educational backgrounds and interests. Courses are taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, which means that instructors will draw on material from a range of different fields.
New One II courses in the second term (January to April) assume that you will have completed any one of the first term New One half-courses. These second term courses build on the shared learning experiences and foundational academic skills developed in the first term. However, it is still possible to take a Winter term New One course even if you have not taken a New One course in the Fall, with permission from the instructor.
I am a science student. What will New One courses contribute to my degree?
New One courses will provide you a broader social perspective and creative and critical thinking to bring to your science courses. New One courses will also give you a solid foundation of academic skills and approaches to learning relevant to all programs of study and to future careers in science-related fields. If you plan to apply for research opportunities later in your degree, New One courses can help you develop the communication and presentation skills essential to science research.
You can also use New One courses toward completion of the Breadth Requirement.