Arts & Science

Transition Program

 

What is the Transition Program?

Thinking of applying to the College of Arts & Science, but your marks fell short of the entrance requirements? Do you want comprehensive support during your first year, and a tight-knit community of other students to study with? The Arts & Science Transition Program may be just what you need!

The Transition Program provides a supportive learning environment that helps students overcome common first-year university challenges. Students in the Transition Program can register in a maximum of 18 credit units per year or 9 credit units per semester.

Who should apply?

  • Students under 21 whose high school grades do not represent their academic potential

How do you apply?

  • Submit an application to the University of Saskatchewan online: Application for Admission  
  • Select “Transition Program” when prompted to choose program
  • Arrange submission of your final high school transcript and any final post-secondary transcripts if you have attended any other post-secondary institutions

Minimum academic requirements for admission

Five subjects with the highest grades will be used to calculate an admission average:
  • One Grade 12 English
  • One Grade 12 Math
  • Three other Grade 12 subjects with highest grades

University Transition Program Learning Communities

A Learning Community (LC) is a small group of first-year students who take classes together and share some common interests. Arts & Science Learning Communities are designed to ease the transition into university by providing our first-year students with valuable opportunities to make friends, study and explore ideas together, and to develop the academic and personal skills to achieve their goals.

Transition students gather in a weekly UTRAN Hour led by two senior student Peer Mentors who facilitate sessions on study skills, goal setting and stress management; help students access academic, health, and other support services; and organize information sessions and social events. Today's Peer Mentors and many campus student leaders started university in a Learning Community, where they developed the friendships, confidence and skills that set them apart.

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UTRAN Learning Communities - 2018 - 2019


TERM 1

Psychology 120 – English 112 – Drama 118

The courses in this Learning Community are well-rounded and offer introductions to some of the most popular majors in the college of Arts and Science. Students wanting to pursue a degree in Psychology or English will find this LC a great fit. However, it is also a good choice for any student who is unsure of what they want to major in. Psychology 120 – Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology - focuses on the fields of neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, memory, learning, language and motivation and emotion. English 112 is the Literature and Composition Reading Drama course, which introduces major forms of dramatic activity in English. This English course combines great with Drama 118 – Acting 1 –the essentials of acting through the exploration of body, voice, idea, and imagination. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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Political Studies 112 – History 145 – Anthropology 111

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree; however, this LC is particularly well suited to students interested in Social Sciences or Humanities. Anthropology 111 is a popular first-year course that will explore cultures from across the world. Political Studies 112 introduces political ideas and change in a global era. This LC also includes a History 145 course – Law, Crime and Violence in Pre-Modern England, exploring the social history of law, crime and violence in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Early Tudor England. Students will learn about early English criminal law through close reading of cases and historical sources. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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Sociology 111 – Psychology 120 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

This Learning Community is a perfect fit for students who are interested in Sociology and Psychology, or who want to explore a variety of different Arts and Science disciplines. Interdisciplinary Studies 100 - Strategies for Academic Success - provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. Sociology 111 - Society Structure Process - is an introductory course in the Social Sciences that will give students a strong base in university level reading, writing, and basic research. Psychology 120 is an introductory course that focuses on the fields of neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, memory, learning, language and motivation and emotion. This LC will introduce you to concepts that can lead to degrees in Psychology, Sociology and related professions such as Social Work. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

Revised: May 3, 2018

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Sociology 111 – Indigenous Studies 107 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

This LC is an excellent choice for students who are interested in the social sciences, pursuing law, law enforcement or careers related to criminology. Interdisciplinary Studies 100 - Strategies for Academic Success - provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. Indigenous studies is an introductory course that explores the Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan, Aboriginal rights, legal and land issues and more. Sociology 111, “Society Structure Process,” is an introductory course in the Social Sciences that will give students a strong base in university level reading, writing, and basic research. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

Revised: May 3, 2018

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Kinesiology 122 – Math 104 – Psychology 120

This Learning Community is a good choice for student athletes or any student who wants to study physical activity and human movement. Kinesiology 122 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs but, can be applied to any degree. Math 104 provides an elementary introduction to calculus. Psychology 120 is an introductory course that focuses on the fields of neuroscience, sensation and perception, consciousness, memory, learning, language and motivation and emotion. Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

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English 113 - Indigenous Studies 107 – Interdisciplinary Studies 103

The courses in this Learning Community can be your first step towards a career as a Registered Nurse. Interdisciplinary Studies 103 is Writing for Academic Success’s purpose is to help students become stronger writers. Indigenous Studies 107 is an introductory course that explores the Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan, Aboriginal rights, legal and land issues and more, and is one of the specific courses that is required in the Nursing pre-professional year. In addition, English 113 introduces the major forms of narrative literature in English. These courses can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying.

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Economics 111 – Political Studies 112 – English 113

This Learning Community is a good choice for students interested in business and politics. Students interested in majors such as Economics, Business Economics, Political Studies, and International Studies will find that this LC fits their program well. English 113 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the analysis of culturally rich texts. Political Studies 112 introduces political ideas and change in a global era. Economics 111 will provide an introduction to microeconomics useful for students who may wish to major in economics, business economics, or transfer to other colleges such as the Edwards School of Business. Any student who is considering applying to another college in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree.

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TERM 2

Sociology 112 – Psychology 121 – Computer Science 140

This Learning Community is a good choice for students who want to experience a variety of courses. Sociology 112 is one part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. Psychology 121 is an introductory course that focuses on the fields of intelligence, development, personality, social and cultural psychology, psychological disorders, treatment, and health, stress and coping. Computer Science 140 provides an introduction to creative computing and is recommended for students who do not have Computer Science 30, but are still interested in the subject. This LC can be a great way for students to determine what discipline(s) are best suited to their learning style. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN01 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Linguistics 111 – Archaeology 112 – Geology 109

This Learning Community is a good choice for students interested in exploring Human Culture in a variety of ways. Linguistics 111 introduces the structure of language to students with examples drawn from a wide variety of natural languages. Archaeology 112 is an introductory Archaeology course examining human evolutionary and cultural development. Geology 109 – The Earth and Life through Time - includes an emphasis on the evolution of life, and on the interpretation of the rock and fossil record. Special consideration is given to major events in the history of our planet and of animals and plants. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN02 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Psychology 121 – Sociology 112 – Women’s and Gender Studies 112

This Learning Community is a perfect fit for students who are interested in Sociology and Psychology, or who want to explore a variety of different Arts and Science disciplines. Psychology 121 is designed to familiarize the student with the body of knowledge, scientific theory, and research related to the major social, clinical, cultural and developmental areas of psychology. Sociology 112 is one part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. Women’s and Gender Studies introduces students to the diversity of debates within the field. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN03 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Philosophy 140 – Sociology 112 – English 114

This Learning Community offers a perfect combination of courses for students who want to explore Law and Criminology. English 114 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on culture. Philosophy 140 is designed to develop skills in critical thinking, including the analysis, evaluation, and development of arguments. Sociology 112 is one part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN04 but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Kinesiology 121 – Biology 120 – Interdisciplinary Studies 102

This Learning Community is a good choice for student athletes or any student who wants to study physical activity and human movement. Biology 120 will introduce students to the underlying fundamental aspects of living systems. Interdisciplinary Studies 102, “Studying in Sciences Essential Skills and Strategies,” provides students with a core set of essential skills and academic strategies for success in science and related programs to achieve maximum success. Kinesiology 121 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs, but can be applied to any degree. Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN05 but can be combined with any of the other first Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Psychology 121 – Biology 120 – Nutrition 120

The courses in this Learning Community can be your first step towards a career as a Registered Nurse. Psychology 121, Biology 120, and Nutrition 120 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year. Nutrition 120 is an introduction to nutrition and health. The courses in the Nursing and Health LC also work well toward degrees in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Psychology or can be used toward any other Arts and Science Degree. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying. This Learning Community pairs well with UTRN06, but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Economics 114 – Sociology 112 – Computer Science 120

This Learning Community is great for “big picture” thinkers who enjoy looking at how economic, environmental, and social systems work on a large scale. Economics 114 looks at economics from the big picture or “macro” level, building on concepts from Economics 111. Sociology 112 examines the social construction of everyday life. Computer Science 120 is a course focusing on digital document processing. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This Learning Community pairs well with UTRN07, but can be combined with any of the other Term 1 UTRAN LCs.

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Peer Mentors

Contact Us

General Office & Reception

(306) 966-3242 
(306) 966-2004
utran@artsandscience.usask.ca

Megan Vandendriessche

Academic Coach 
(306) 966-7335
megan.van@usask.ca

Paul Gustafson

Transition Program Advisor
(306) 966-7555 
paul.gustafson@usask.ca

Renee Penney

Arts & Science, Director of Student Advising
(306) 966-4237
renee.penney@usask.ca

Sarah Gorham

Trish Monture Centre for Student Success, Administrative Assistant
(306) 966-2004
sarah.gorham@usask.ca