Foundations in the Humanities is an interdisciplinary approach to first-year studies that lets you explore the traditions of Western Civilization from three perspectives, in a fully synchronized program: History, Literature, and Philosophy. Youʼll study the great events that have shaped the world, the great ideas that have changed how we think, and the great books that have defined the human experience. Youʼll learn all those things you always wanted to know, and what you need to know to succeed.

Foundations in the Humanities is for motivated students who want to spend their entry-year reading, writing, thinking, and talking about important ideas, human possibilities, and universal knowledge. Above all, itʼs for someone like you: someone who has high expectations of yourself and of your school, who values small classes where you know everyoneʼs name, and who is looking for an intensive and challenging learning experience. Itʼs for those who want to improve not just themselves but the world.

Foundations students apply to King’s Arts (EKA). For Ontario high school students a minimum 79 - 80% final entrance average is required. Averages are calculated on the top six 4U or 4M credits including English 4U.

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In Foundations in the Humanities, you’re part of a dedicated learning community of no more than 25 gifted students who study a common curriculum, attend lectures together, reflect on their learning in small discussion groups called tutorials, and, yes, who still make time to socialize together!

FH students are embraced by the larger community of King's University College, a liberal arts university of just over 3200 full-time students and an affiliate of Western University.

The King's campus boasts a wonderful natural setting that combines the old and the new. Your classes are just as likely to meet in turn-of-the-century Dante Lenardon Hall as in state-of-the-art Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. Students have full access to library facilities, both those of our own Cardinal Carter Library as well as the many libraries that make up Western's library system, giving you "the best of both worlds."

This program provides a solid foundation for an undergraduate degree that could position you to go on to any number of careers: graduate school, law, policy, journalism, Canadian foreign service, politics, teaching, to name only a few.

The diverse and rigorous curriculum of the Foundations program gives you an edge when you continue into second year and on to graduate school.

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