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Victoria College offers VIC One, a first year sequence of courses and interdisciplinary programs and courses listed below so that students have an opportunity to examine important themes and problems of our culture from a variety of points of view. Most of the courses introduce ideas and methods from various disciplines; in this way students can explore areas of interest they otherwise might overlook, and also gain insight into comparative studies.

Several of the courses have a place in the established programs of study indicated below. In addition, the courses are designed to serve the interests of those who, whatever their intended field of specialization, wish to introduce variety into their program, or who have not decided on a discipline, and wish to examine different approaches to humane studies.


The Vic One collection of courses offers students in their first year in the Faculty of Arts and Science an opportunity for a distinctive experience that draws upon Victoria College’s history and identity. Vic One has two streams with differing emphasis: one is humanities (Frye) based, the other is social science (Pearson). Each stream focuses on the cultivation of habits, values, and skills of expression through seminars, lectures, small tutorials, and informal conversations that allows students to share their accomplishments and experiences. Vic One will be enriched by guest professors, visiting artists, writers, ambassadors, and other public figures; and the full advantages of Vic’s location in the cultural heart of the city will be made an integral part of the educational experience.

The Literary Studies Program

(Specialist, Major and Minor) combines close attention to major literary works with theoretical reflection on the concept of literature. Students are exposed to a wide range of texts across numerous national, linguistic, and cultural boundaries, as well as to contemporary interdisciplinary debates on questions of representation, language, and culture.
The Renaissance Studies Program
(Major and Minor) studies one of the high points of Western civilization, in art and literature, in social and political development, and in the technological and scientific discoveries that were to transform our concept of the world. This interdisciplinary program is particularly attractive to students of history, politics, literature, fine art, history of science, music and theatre, because it assembles aspects of all these studies to focus on one seminal period in Western civilization.
The Semiotics and Communication Theory Program
(Specialist, Major and Minor) investigates the science of communication and sign systems, the ways people understand phenomena and organize them mentally, the ways in which they devise means for transmitting that understanding and for sharing it with others. It covers all non-verbal signalling and extends to domains whose communicative dimension is perceived only unconsciously or subliminally. Knowledge, meaning, intention and action are thus fundamental concepts in the semiotic investigation of phenomena.
Program Director:
Principal D. Cook
J.L. Welsh, Victoria College, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East (416-585-4496)
Victoria College Programs

Literary Studies (Arts program)

Consult Professor J. Levine or Professor J.W. Patrick, Victoria College
Enrolment in the Literary Studies program is open to students upon completion of four courses; no minimum GPA required.

Major program:
(7 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+ level courses)
1. JEF100Y1
2. VIC201Y1, VIC210Y1, VIC310Y1, VIC410Y1
3. Two approved courses with thematic, generic or historical coherence chosen from the offerings of the colleges’ programs and the university’s departments. The interdisciplinary courses in Literary Studies (VIC211Y1, VIC300Y1/H, VIC411H1) are strongly recommended.

Minor program:
(4 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 300+ level course)
Four courses from: JEF100Y1, VIC201Y1, VIC210Y1, VIC211Y1, VIC300Y1, VIC310Y1, VIC410Y1, VIC411H1 and a half-course chosen in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

Literary Studies and Philosophy (Arts program)

Consult Professor J. Patrick, Victoria College, or Professor R. Comay, Department of Philosophy.

Specialist program:
(14 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
1. The seven courses of the Literary Studies Major program (above)
2. Six Philosophy courses, at least three of them 300+ series.
It is strongly recommended but not required that courses in the following areas be included:
One Introductory 1/2 Logic
Two History of Philosophy 1/2 Ethics/Social and
Political Philosophy
One Epistemology/Metaphysics 1/2 Aesthetics/
Philosophy of
3. Normally the 14th course will be a senior essay (PHL490Y1 or VIC490Y1) written under the supervision of faculty members from Philosophy and Literary Studies or a faculty member approved by Philosophy and Literary Studies

Renaissance Studies (Arts program)

Consult Professor K. Eisenbichler, Victoria College.

Major program:
(6 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+ series courses)
1. VIC440Y1
2. Equivalent of two full credits from: VIC240Y1, 241H1, 242H1, VIC341H1, VIC343Y1, VIC344H1, VIC345H1, 346H1.
3. One full course equivalent in Literature from: DRM262H1; ENG220Y1, ENG302Y1, ENG304Y1, ENG330H1, ENG332Y1, ENG440Y1, ENG455H1; FRE319H1, FRE420H1; ITA333H1, ITA345H1, 355H1, ITA370Y1, ITA426H1, ITA436Y1, ITA470H1, 480H1; PRT343H1, PRT351H1, 451H1; SPA250H1, SPA452H1, SPA454H1.
4. One full course equivalent in History, Economics or Religion from: ECO201Y1; HIS243H1, HIS303Y1, HIS304Y1, 340Y1, HIS349Y1, HIS357Y1, 399H1, 443Y1, 486H1; RLG223H1
5. One full course equivalent in Art or Music from:
FAH273H1, FAH274H1, 307Y1, FAH324H1/Y, 326Y1, FAH333H1, FAH339H1, FAH341H1, FAH428H1, FAH438H1, FAH442H1, 473Y1, 474Y1, 484H1/485H1; MUS208H1, 410H1; HMU121H1, 122H1, 331H1

Minor program (Arts program):
(4 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 300+ series course)
1. Equivalent of two full courses from: VIC240Y1, 241H1, 242H1, VIC341H1, VIC343Y1, VIC344H1, VIC345H1, 346H1, VIC440Y1.
2. Two courses from any of those listed above

Semiotics and Communication Theory (Arts program)

Program Director, Principal D. Cook, Victoria College.
Program Coordinator, Professor M. Danesi, Victoria College.
Note: Enrolment in the Semiotics program is limited to students with a CGPA of 2.8 in four full courses or their equivalent, including VIC120Y1. Achievement of this minimum CGPA does not guarantee enrolment in the program.

Specialist program:
(12 full courses or their equivalent, including five at the 300+ level with at least one 400-series course.) Enrolment in the Specialist program is limited.
1. VIC120Y1, VIC420Y1
2. Two full courses from: VIC220Y1, VIC221Y1, VIC320Y1
3. Two full course equivalents in Anthropology from Group A.
4. Two full course equivalents in Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology from Groups B, C, D.
5. Four full course equivalents in other related areas in three different disciplines from Groups A-E.

Major program:
(6 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+series courses)
1. VIC120Y1
2. Two full course equivalents from: VIC220Y1, VIC221Y1, VIC320Y1
3. Three full course equivalents from two different disciplines from Groups A-E.

Minor program:
(4 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 300+series course)
1. VIC120Y1
2. One full course equivalent from: VIC220Y1, VIC221Y1, VIC320Y1.
3. Two full course equivalents from two different disciplines from Groups A-E.
Note: JFV323H1 and JFV333H1 are recommended Group E courses.

Group A: Anthropology
ANT204Y1, 253H1, 323H1/Y, ANT328H1, ANT329Y1, ANT334Y1, ANT351H1, 356H1, ANT366Y1, ANT425H1, ANT426H1, ANT427H1, ANT450H1, 461H1; JAL253H1, JAL328H1, JAL355H1, JAL356H1

Group B: Linguistics
LIN200H1, LIN229H1, LIN231H1, LIN232H1, 315H1, LIN341H1, LIN372H1, 415H1, 417H1, LIN480H1; JAL254H1, JAL328H1; JLP306H1, JLP315H1, JLP374H1

Group C: Philosophy
PHL200H1, PHL201H1, PHL220H1, PHL235H1, PHL236Y1, PHL240H1, PHL243H1, PHL244H1, PHL245H1, 250H1, PHL255H1, PHL267H1, PHL285H1, PHL288H1, PHL304H1, 305H1, 306H1, PHL307H1, PHL310H1, PHL311H1, PHL312H1, PHL315H1, PHL316H1, PHL318H1, PHL320H1, PHL321H1, PHL322H1, PHL325H1, PHL326H1, PHL340H1, PHL342H1, PHL346H1, PHL351H1, PHL385H1; JUP250Y1

Group D: Psychology
PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY300H1, PSY301H1, PSY311H1, PSY312H1, PSY316H1, PSY320H1, PSY323H1, PSY325H1, PSY334H1, PSY362H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY372H1; JLP315H1

Group E: Other Related Area Courses
CLA202H1, CLA203H1, CLA204H1, CLA219H1, CLA305H1; DRM200Y1, DRM230Y1, DRM260H1, DRM262H1, 264H1, DRM266H1; ENG290Y1, ENG366Y1; FAH212H1, 214H1, FAH287H1, FAH288H1, FAH367H1, FAH378H1, FAH385H1; VIS201H1, VIS202H1, 203H1, VIS204H1, VIS205H1, VIS206H1, VIS207H1, VIS208H1, VIS209H1, VIS212H1, 213H1, VIS307H1, VIS312H1, 313H1, 315H1, 316H1; HIS316H1, HIS367H1, HIS374H1, 375H1, 419H1; HPS201H1, HPS202H1, HPS250H1, HPS323H1, HPS324H1; INI212Y1, INI214Y1, INI225Y1, 301Y1, 322H1, INI323Y1, INI327Y1, INI329Y1, INI330Y1, INI423H1, INI426H1, INI428H1; JFV323H1, JFV333H1; MUS200H1, MUS211H1, MUS303H1; NEW240Y1, NEW261Y1, NEW271Y1, NEW302Y1, NEW303H1, NEW360Y1, NEW368H1, 371H1, NEW372H1; RLG200Y1, RLG210Y1, RLG211Y1, 230Y1, RLG232H1, RLG233H1, 237Y1, RLG301H1, RLG302H1, RLG304H1, RLG315H1, RLG380H1; SMC210Y1, 402H1; SOC365Y1, SOC367H1, SOC381Y1, SOC388H1; UNI221H1, 250Y1, UNI255H1, UNI355H1; JUM200Y1; VIC210Y1, VIC211Y1, VIC300Y1, VIC310Y1, 322H1, VIC343Y1, 345Y1, VIC410Y1, 411Y1.

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