The Global Citizenship Cohort (GCC) will provide students with an enhanced first-year experience that is unparalleled in the province and which offers connections:
- between a carefully chosen set of courses which relate to a theme;
- to a group of like-minded students who support each other’s ideas and efforts, academic and otherwise; and
- to professors, mentors, job opportunities and volunteer opportunities that will complement the students’ academic experiences.
This combination will provide students with a unique and engaging undergraduate experience, and a headstart in whatever career they choose to pursue.
A Day in the Life of a Cohort Student
In your first year, you will take five of your first ten courses with other students in the GCC. You will build friendships with students who have similar interests, be taught and mentored by a core group of inspiring professors, develop leadership skills, and learn how you can have a positive impact on the world around you.
In the fall semester, you will take three courses alongside all of the other cohort students for your theme. One of these courses is a half course that meets once per week, giving you the chance to talk about what you are learning in your other cohort courses, and hear from guest speakers on topics related to the theme. You’ll also be able to raise concerns and ask questions, as this course will ONLY be cohort students. At the same time, you’ll be taking other courses to fulfill the requirements for your major. Students usually take 5 (3 credit) courses per semester so that you could take two full cohort courses, the half course, and two or three other courses outside of the cohort.
In the spring semester, you’ll again be taking two full courses with your cohort, plus the half course that meets once per week. In this semester you’ll start using this half course to work on a cohort project of your choosing, something that you bring some passion to, or that you want to learn more about. Some students work individually, and some work in groups. The key is to find connections between your courses and what’s going on in the world around you. You’ll also be taking other courses for your major.
If you already have a major in mind, the cohort will help you fulfil electives and liberal education requirements. If you haven’t chosen a major yet, these courses can give you a taste of the variety of disciplines available, and help you to find your pathway. Students who complete the five courses as part of the cohort will receive a CERTIFICATE of GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP.
As part of the half courses that meet once per week, students from the GC Cohort will have guided access to further opportunities such as Applied Studies, Independent Studies, and Co-operative Education positions. Select students may be encouraged to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions in subsequent years.