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
The 2016-17 UTRAN Learning Communities Sign Up is now closed

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.

UTRAN Learning Communities 2016 - 2017
Term 1

LC-UTRN01

Psychology 121 – English 114 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

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. 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. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

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LC-UTRN02

Sociology 111 – Political Studies 112 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

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 such as Political Studies, Anthropology, or Sociology (among others). 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,” and Political Studies 112, “Political Ideas and change in Global Era,” are introductory courses in the Social Sciences that will give students a strong base in university level reading, writing, and basic research.

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LC-UTRN03 

Interdisciplinary Studies 110 – Anthropology 111 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

This Learning Community is a perfect fit for students who are unsure of what they want to major in, or want to explore a variety of different Arts and Science disciplines. Interdisciplinary Studies 110, “The Arts and Science of Almost Everything”, is an exciting new course that will explore the concept of “beauty” from the perspectives of a mathematician, an artist, a biologist, and more. This course will feature instructors from 9 different disciplines exploring different perspectives on what beauty means. This is an excellent way for students to sample a variety of different disciplines to see what they enjoy. Anthropology 111 is a popular first year course that will explore cultures from across the world; 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.

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LC-UTRN04 

History 125 – Philosophy 133 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This LC is an excellent choice for students who are interested in Humanities such as History, English, Religion & Culture, Classical Medieval & Renaissance Studies, or Philosophy. History 125, “The Conquest of America” looks critically at the period between Columbus’ arrival in the Americas and the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Philosophy 133 will provide an introduction to Ethics and Values, exploring some of the theoretical frameworks used by philosophers to determine what is morally acceptable. 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.

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LC-UTRN05 

Kinesiology 122 – English 114 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. 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. English 114 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on culture. 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. Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor.

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UTRAN Learning Communities 2016 - 2017
Term 2

LC-UTRN06

Psychology 120 – English 113 – Computer Science 120

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This Learning Community is a good choice for students who want to experience a variety of courses. Psychology, English, and Computer Science expose students to introductory material in Social Sciences, Humanities and Science. This can be a great way for students to determine what discipline(s) are best suited to their learning style. Computer Science 120 is a course focusing on digital document processing. This LC pairs well with UTRN01, particularly for students interested in majoring in Psychology or English.

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LC-UTRN07

Sociology 112 – English 113 – Indigenous Studies 107

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree; however, they are particularly well suited to Sociology or related fields. This LC pairs well with UTRN02, especially for students who wish to pursue Social Work, a minor in Crime Law and Justice Studies, or a Certificate in Criminology and Addictions. This LC will also fit well with UTRAN01 for students who may wish to apply to Nursing or Education in the future. Students wishing to apply to another college in future years should consult with an academic advisor.

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LC-UTRN08 

Economics 111 – Geology 122 – Psychology 120

This LC is a good fit for students who are strong in math and science. This LC would also pair well with UTRAN01 for students interested in Psychology. 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 or Agriculture and Bioresources. Geology 122 is one of the core introductory classes for students interested in studying geology, and will have an added laboratory component. Psychology 120 focuses on the biological and cognitive bases of psychology. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. Students interested in transferring to another college should consult with an Academic Advisor.

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LC-UTRN09 

History 155 – Geography 125 – Women’s and Gender Studies 112

This Learning Community offers a perfect combination of courses for students who want to explore a variety of different subjects. History 155 will explore topics in the history of science and environment. Geography 125 looks at the interaction between the environment and human society through a scientific lens. 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, and are particularly good at filling the variety of “distribution” requirements that are a part of all degrees in the college. This LC is a perfect fit for someone who likes trying new things, but is unsure of what they want to major in.

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LC-UTRN10 

Kinesiology 121 – English 113 – Sociology 112

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 UTRAN LC’s. Kinesiology 121 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs, but can be applied to any degree. English 113 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the analysis of culturally rich texts. Sociology 112 offers students an introduction to the “Social Construction of Everyday Life.” Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor.

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Peer Mentors

Contact Us

General Office & Reception

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

Adil Afzal

Academic Coach 
(306) 966-2701
Adil.Afzal@usask.ca

Paul Gustafson

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

Sheryl Prouse

Arts & Science, Director of Student Advising
(306) 966-5213
sheryl.prouse@usask.ca

Jessica Dyck

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