An extra, recognized designation of academic achievement and excellence.

The King’s Scholar is an exciting and unique 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 students will enroll in a themed module in Western Thought and Civilization (2 credits), which 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.

Deadline for applications is March 31. 

Information Session: February 9, 3:30 - 4:30, LH 105B

The module is comprised of three courses taken over two or three years:

Western Thought & Civilization

  • 2901E: Medieval to Scientific Revolution (full year course)

  • 3901Z: Enlightenment to Fin de Siècle (half course extended over a whole year to avoid time pressure and stress)

  •  4901Z: 20th Century to Contemporary (half course extended over a whole year)
     

The benefits of this unique program:

  • small, seminar-based classes with like-minded students 
  • 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, music, virtual science
  • individual research projects designed by you, the student
  • the chance to read and discuss the great ideas, events, and cultural expressions of the Western tradition
  • an expansive, global, intercultural education for the global workforce
  • you will be and feel more confident in all your future endeavors

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 who qualify for the program may apply for admission.

Students much 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, please fill out the this form.

Our Award-Winning Faculty

  • Graham Broad: History of United States, Great Britain, Canada; conflict and culture studies (PhD, Western)
  • Antonio Calcagno: Renaissance and Contemporary European Philosophy (PhD, Guelph)
  • 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)
  • Katharina Clausius: Enlightenment opera and literature, music historiography, critical theory
    (PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge) 
  • John Heng: Bioethics, Philosophy of Science, Disability Studies (M.A. Toronto)
  • R.A. Ventresca: Modern Europe; Church-State relations (PhD, Toronto)

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