FYP & Your Degree
The Foundation Year Program is a unique, curated first-year experience that will inform your choices of what to study in second, third and fourth year. In upper years, with the assistance of faculty and academic advisors, and drawing from King’s partnership with neighbouring Dalhousie University, you can build a combined and customized degree that reflects your individual interests.
King’s renowned humanities and journalism programs, as well as our science and music degrees are all interdisciplinary, which means they combine two or more academic disciplines, drawing knowledge from several fields.
Begin any one with the Foundation Year Program.
FIRST YEAR: FOUNDATION YEAR PROGRAM VS. STANDARD FIRST YEAR
Your second year through graduation are commonly called “Upper Years”. Mix and match your interests with subject areas to customize your degree.
Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in either Arts (BA), Science (BSc), Music (BMus) or Journalism (BJ Honours).
FYP satisfies necessary general degree requirements for your arts degree: 6 credit hours to satisfy the writing requirement, 6 credit hours to satisfy the languages and humanities requirement, and 6 credit hours to satisfy the social sciences requirement. FYP also provides 6 credit hours towards an elective for your degree. This means that FYP helps you complete these requirements, and it does so in a coordinated way. If you take FYP Arts, you’ll have FYP lectures four days a week and one additional course at King’s or Dalhousie.
FYP satisfies necessary general degree requirements for your science degree: 6 credit hours to satisfy the writing requirement, 6 credit hours to satisfy the languages and humanities requirement, and 6 credit hours to satisfy the social sciences requirement. This means that FYP helps you complete these requirements, and it does so in a coordinated way. If you take FYP Science, you’ll have FYP lectures three days a week and take two courses—typically math and a science—at Dalhousie.
FYP is a degree requirement for your journalism degree. Alongside FYP in your first year you’ll also take Foundations of Journalism, a core element of the first-year journalism experience. This course provides an overview of the role of journalism in a democratic society, the importance of ethics, and methods of integrating research, sources and journalistic style into your writing.
FYP can contribute to your music degree. If you take FYP Music, you’ll have FYP lectures four days a week and one additional music course at Dalhousie.
Students in the Foundation Year Program may be interested in First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), interdisciplinary study groups that augment and expand your first-year curriculum.
Interested in law school? FYP students are provisionally pre-admitted into the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.
The Foundation Year Program has launched its own biannual newsletter, compiled with love by Assistant Director Susan Dodd and Administrative Assistant Elisabeth Stones, with contributions from many current and former FYP professors.
Check it out