Welcome to the Program Re-Orientations


Your program of study offers an academic and social community of peers and faculty, a way of approaching information and questions, and a particular perspective on some of the world’s big questions. At Welcome to the Program Re-Orientation events, you will:


  • learn about the knowledge, skills, dispositions, values and approaches associated with your program of study
  • learn details about program structure, including a rationale for program requirements and sequencing, and recommendations for selecting meaningful and complementary courses inside and outside the department
  • tackle strategies for academic success in your program
  • discover academic and co-curricular opportunities that will be available to you
  • meet members of your new community



  • Learn how program knowledge and skills are relevant to a range of academic, professional and community contexts.
  • Hear about some of the big questions associated with your program of study, and how scholarships in this field work to answer those questions.
  • Connect the learning you will do in your program to your own personal and professional values and goals.
  • Make a plan for your own success and identify the people and resources that will help you on your way.


Participating units in 2014-15:


2014-15 dates: Late September/early October & late January; specific dates to be confirmed

Anthropology’s Welcome to the Program re-orientation activities take place in special tutorial sessions in core 200-level Anthropology program courses.
Eligibility: Any student in a 200-level Anthropology course
Contact: Aleksa Alaica at


Cognitive Science
2014-15 dates: Late August/early September 2014; specific dates to be confirmed
The orientation day will include information about Cognitive Science’s elective streams and advice about course selection and sequencing, an advising session, and Cognitive Science-themed puzzles and games.
Eligibility: All 2nd year Cognitive Science students and any interested 1st year students are welcome to attend.
Contact: or


Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
2014-15 dates: September 18, 2014
Eligibility: Re-orientation is designed for 2nd year students, but other interested NMC students are welcome to attend.


Physics – Welcome to Physics Program Party
2014-15 dates: October 9, 2014

During this welcome event, students are invited to engage with a panel to discuss POSt features, undergraduate research projects, course selection, undergraduate student union activities, and other topics. This year, we will outline STEP Forward activities like Explore It and the new “Physics Career Accelerator Program”
Eligibility: Second-year students enrolled in the Physics Specialist, Physics Major or any of our joint specialist programs.


Political Science
2014-15 dates: Friday, September 26th, in the afternoon
Activities include short workshops on academic and professional skills to help you prepare for the demands of second-year courses. Topics may include academic integrity, writing, research, and professional skills.
Eligibility: Students entering their second year who have declared a political science specialty or major.
Contact: The undergraduate director, Rod Haddow, at