Foundations in Western Thought and Civilization is an interdisciplinary approach to first-year studies that lets you explore the traditions of Western Civilization from three perspectives, all at the same time: History, Literature, and Philosophy. You'll 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. You'll learn all those things you always wanted to know, and what you need to know to succeed.

Foundations in Western Thought and Civilization is for motivated students who want to spend their entry-year reading, writing, thinking, and talking about what it means to be human. Above all, it's for someone like you: someone who has high expectations of yourself and of your school, who values small classes where you know everyone's name, and who is looking for an intensive and challenging learning experience. It's 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. Thought and Civilization program is small and limited to 25 students

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You and your classmates will study the formation of the Western Humanities as both a mirror of the human condition as well as a catalyst for change. Together we will ask how people have considered the Western world in the past, and how we continue to shape our ideas about it in our own global and multicultural world.

By studying the Foundations in Western Thought and Civilization, you'll discover for yourself the richness and relevance of cultivating a discerning mind. You'll have the chance to observe the humanistic tradition over the centuries, from Classical Antiquity right on through the Twentieth Century (and even up to our own Digital Age!) Alongside the writings of well-known thinkers like Plato, St. Augustine, Shakespeare, and Kafka you'll also focus on figures like Sappho, Aphra Behn, and Franz Fanon whose names might not sound as familiar.

It provides a solid foundation for an undergraduate degree that could position you to go on to any number of careers: teaching, writing, law, policy, journalism, politics, and publishing, to name only a few.

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