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first year programs Arts

All students in year one Arts take a range of courses from a variety of disciplines. They do not declare a major(s) until they have completed their first year. Please visit:

Catholic Studies This program provides an in-depth examination of the theology that has developed within the Catholic tradition. Catholic Studies courses are designed to be taken by a range of students interested in understanding the ideas, values, images and rituals that have (and continue) to shape our world. The Catholic Studies degree modules are designed to provide the foundation necessary for those students who would like to teach religious education in Catholic schools, or who will pursue further degrees in theology or religious studies.

Catholic Studies for Teachers (CST) This program provides students with the opportunity to complete a BA (Honors) in Catholic Studies and another major of their choice with guaranteed admission to Western’s Faculty of Education to complete the Bachelor of Education (BEd). Students can be considered for either the Junior/Intermediate or Intermediate/Senior stream. In years two, three and four of the BA (Honors) or fouryear BA program, students will complete Catholic Education courses which include curriculum and service learning in the Catholic school system. Students wishing to apply to this program will be considered on the basis of grades and a supplemental application.

English A range of degree possibilities are available. In addition to being exposed to a comprehensive range of British, Canadian and American literature, these programs provide an opportunity to explore literary creation and the human condition. Students will acquire finely-honed skills in the use of language, the ability to read analytically and critically as well as learn to appreciate literature in itself and in relation to other fields of study.


Foundations in the Humanities (KFH)

World Religions

The King’s Foundations in the Humanities (KFH) program is an enriched, first year plan of study which provides students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and critical survey of the development of western civilization from its birth in antiquity to our contemporary global multi-cultural world. KFH provides a collaborative approach to the study of the humanistic tradition in a small group setting with intensive faculty-student interaction. It is a competitive, limited enrolment program and students must submit a statement of interest explaining their reasons for wanting to join this program.

It is perhaps obvious that, in an increasingly multicultural environment, understanding the world’s religious traditions is more than ever required for us to better understand our similarities and differences. You need not be religious yourself to engage in this program, and you need not worry that your own religious tradition, if you have one, will be undermined. At King’s, all religious traditions are treated with equal respect and, in the World Religions program, treated with equal interest. In addition to a degree in World Religions, students may also chose a major in Jewish Studies or Islamic Studies.

French A variety of degree options are available in French. A language laboratory affords you the opportunity to practice and further develop your ability to use the language through means of oral communication. In addition, the courses will enhance your knowledge of literature, linguistics and translation. Should they choose, students have the opportunity to spend their third year in Nice, France.

Philosophy Throughout the ages, human beings have wondered about their place in the cosmos and its history. By asking important questions, we enrich our lives and add meaning to human existence. The Philosophy program is designed to introduce students to classic philosophical questions and leading philosophical thinkers.

Religious Studies A degree in Religious Studies provides an opportunity to study such topics as the existence of God, the meaning of human freedom, sacred rituals and literature as well as the rich tradition of the Christian religious heritage and other religious traditions and their relationships with contemporary culture. A deeper understanding of the Christian vision or of other religious traditions can help you to form your own outlook on social, legal and ethical problems and help you to better understand those with whom you live and work.

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King's University College - Viewbook 2012-2013  
King's University College - Viewbook 2012-2013  

This publication is a guide for prospective students to the programs, people and places of King's University College at Western University.