Join a unique program. Apply to become a King's Scholar.
Empower and enrich your personal and professional future through self-directed and creative education.
King’s Scholar is an exciting program for intellectually curious students who want to gain a deeper understanding of the historical, cultural, and political context of 21st century global dynamics. The program features an integrated and interdisciplinary approach that engages students in experiential study of the ideas, cultures, structures and events that shape our world.
King’s Scholar is designed to complement ALL Honors programs, regardless of discipline. The program is intended as a personal and professional enrichment.
King’s Scholar students may earn an extra, recognized designation of academic achievement and excellence for their Western transcript.
The module is comprised of three courses taken over two or three years:
Western Thought & Civilization
The benefits of this unique program:
- small, seminar-based classes with like-minded students
- group dynamic encourages self-confidence and self-expression
- close faculty mentoring and advising
- field trips throughout the year to Stratford, Toronto
- practical training in transferable professional skills such as public speaking, logical argument, research methodologies
- attendance at concerts, the opera, art exhibits, Public Lectures
- experiential learning through exposure to art and architecture
- individual research projects designed by you, the student
- the chance to discuss the great ideas, and events of the Western tradition
- an intercultural education for the global workforce
To apply to the program, select King’s Scholar on your electronic Intent to Register form. All full-time students entering second or third year are eligible to apply for admission.
Students muST select BOTH “King’s Scholar” AND their Honors degree program on their Intent to Register form
Students must have an 80% cumulative average.
For further information, or to discuss the program directly with one of the faculty advisors or with a current King's Scholar student, please fill out the this form.
Our Award-Winning Faculty
- Antonio Calcagno: Renaissance and Contemporary European Philosophy, (PhD, Guelph), Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada
- John Heng: Bioethics, Philosophy of Science, Disability Studies (M.A. Toronto)
- Claudia Clausius: English and Comparative Literature; Intellectual History; Art History (PhD, Toronto)
- Coby Dowdell: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Political Theory, Religion and Literature (PhD, Toronto)
- Pietro Pirani: Political Theology; International Relations (PhD, Western)
- Graham Broad: History of United States, Great Britain, Canada; conflict and culture studies (PhD, Western)
- Mark Sholdice: 20th-century Canadian and US political history (PhD, Guelph)
- R.A. Ventresca: Modern Europe; Church-State relations, (PhD, Toronto), Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada
- Katharina Clausius: Enlightenment opera and literature, music historiography, critical theory
(PhD, University of Cambridge)
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I truly believe King's Scholar was one of my best academic choices. Aside from the fact that the professors are so intuitive and genuinely care for their students, it has given me so much useful background knowledge that makes pursuing my other Majors that much easier and more interesting. It is an experience that you will not regret; the course content and class format are unique and can be applied in so many ways to give students, especially in their first few years, a much fuller understanding of the world.
From its unique academic privileges to the experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, King's Scholar really is an exceptional program that helped me branch out of my module and gain a foundational understanding of Western Thought and Civilization.
I was initially drawn to the King’s Scholar program as a means to create a foundation of liberal arts knowledge that would extend and enhance my thinking beyond the scope of my honour’s specialization. The KS programs provided me with experiential learning opportunities, public speaking experience and critical thinking skills that provided me with the tools to be successful at King’s and in achieving my post-graduate goals.
King’s Scholar was an opportunity for me to refine and appreciate my education from an enriching, broader perspective.
King’s Scholar has been an excellent experience to further develop my academic skills and broaden my critical thinking regarding the various disciplines involved. The opportunity to explore and develop unique topics for my independent paper at the end the course each year is an unmatched experience that has given me new knowledge every time. The small class size has also fostered friendships that extend beyond academics, which is something no other course provides.
The KS program is an absolute must for any student who wants to broaden their horizons and learn the foundations for the study of humanities. You will not find a better way to acquire a detailed overview of history and culture.
Kings Scholar has provided a useful and broad contextualization of my own existence in relation to the larger cultural forms within which I find myself. The interdisciplinary basis and multimodal methods of assessment have proved an enjoyable challenge in my university career. The excellent and highly knowledgeable educators are as consistently inspiring intellectually as they are helpful academically.
We're often trained in subjects in isolation. For example, when studying history, one tends to overlook the developments in other areas that directly or indirectly affect history, such as philosophy, politics, literature, etc. The best part about the King's Scholar program is that it provides a wholesome picture of Western Civilization's evolution. It is an immensely enriching experience that enables one to appreciate the human endeavour and its context. I recommend everyone to avail themselves of this opportunity.
King's Scholar allows students to widely diversify their platform of education and learn about the building blocks of the present world, with a particular emphasis on the fine arts, politics, and philosophies of the past. Both North American and European societies would not have taken their current form without the various developments in the aforementioned fields. It is crucial to understand the past in framing the present and working towards constructing a future that benefits all. This construction is not merely the work of aristocrats and intellectuals, but requires a collective effort by the masses, whose opinions and desires inform the construction of the future on the bases of unity and collective revolution.
King's Scholar has given me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of Western history while also allowing me to dive deep into topics that interest me.
I have never before learned so much in so little time! Not in an overwhelming and stressful way, but rather an easy and natural way. I feel like a more knowledgeable and all-around well-rounded person after taking King’s Scholar!
Enrolling in the King’s Scholar program was one of the best decisions I made during my undergraduate program! My main program is Sociology, and everything we learn in King’s Scholar has helped me to understand my other courses at such a deeper level.
I enjoy the King’s Scholar program because it has helped me develop a skillset that I would not have otherwise. I find myself frequently applying new ways of thinking to both my Psychology courses and daily life.
The KS program is a blend of Art, History, Music, Philosophy and Political Philosophy. Moreover, it focuses on developing critical thinking and public speaking skills. Such philosophical ideas greatly expanded my thinking capacity and sharpened my decision-making skills. It also boosted my self-confidence. I got out of my comfort zone and studied something which was completely contrasting to my background. As a result, I also performed better in my Business and Economics courses.