Freshman/Foundation U0

What is it?

The U0 year (comprised of 24-30 credits) is:

  • The first component of your 120 credit (ie. 4yr) B.A. degree
  • Designed to provide you with a broad foundation for your studies in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Includes 18 credits (usually 6 courses) of core requirements.
  • You will choose one of the following options (see detailed section below):
    • Option 1: General Option
      • You will choose courses from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, and/or Math and Sciences.
    • Option 2: En Français
      • You will choose from a variety of courses conducted in French.

 

Is it required?

You must complete the Freshman/Foundation Year Program (also known as U0) if:

 

Important to know:

  • If you have received Advanced Standing—such as APs, IBs, ALs, or university transfer credits—you may be exempt from part or all of the B.A. Freshman/Foundation Program requirements.
  • Courses taken to fulfill the core requirements in either option must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Courses must not be taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade mode.
  • You are eligible to register in First-Year Seminars, which are small-enrolment classes offered by several departments exclusively for Freshman/Foundation Year students.
  • Your courses must be chosen from those offered by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science.
    • U0 students are not permitted to take courses offered by other faculties.
    • Courses listed under another Faculty’s offerings are considered to be a Faculty of Arts courses if they are listed in the Faculty of Arts section of the eCalendar.
  • Aside from the 18 credits of core requirements, the remainder of your 24 to 30 credits in your first year at McGill (ie. U0 year) must be chosen from the Approved Freshman/Foundation Course List.
  • Your courses should generally be at the introductory level (ie. course numbers listed at the 100 or 200-level).
  • A course taken in U0 - and/or being used towards your 18 credits of core requirements - can also count towards future program requirements (if applicable).

 

Reached 24 or more credits after your first term?

If you have earned 24 or more credits - including advanced standing credits at the time of admission - after successful completion of your first term (Fall):

  1. You are eligible to advance to U1 and to select your programs of study.
  2. Ensure that all of your final grades for your first term at McGill are showing on your record.
  3. Submit a "Removal of Freshman/Foundation Year Program Request" form to change your year (from U0) to U1 as of the Winter term.
    • You may still request this change even if your 18 credit core requirements are not yet fully met.

 

What is the Freshman/Foundation Courses Incomplete hold/warning?

  • It's placed on the records of all newly admitted students entering the Bachelor of Arts degree with less than 24 credits:
  • It's featured at the top of your student record.
  • It indicates that Freshman/Foundation Year Program courses are in progress.
  • This is actually a warning, not a hold, and will not block you from course registration.
  • It does not prevent you from advancing to U1 if you have reached 24 or more credits.
  • It does not prevent you from declaring your programs of study if you have advanced to U1.
 

    Structure of the Freshman/Foundation program

    Option 1 - General Option

    • 18 credits of core requirements:
      • 6 credits in three of the following four categories:
        • Social Sciences
        • Humanities
        • Languages
        • Mathematics & Science
    • A maximum of 18 credits may be chosen from any one category (eg. Social Sciences) but no more than 12 credits may be taken in one department (eg. History).
      • Courses must be selected from the Approved Freshman/Foundation Course List.
      • Some courses may be offered under two different categories. The selected course may be used to fulfill requirements in the category needed.

    I. Social Sciences

    African Studies (AFRI 200 only)
    Anthropology
    Canadian Studies (CANS 200 only)
    Economics
    Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies
    Geography
    History
    Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)
    Islamic Studies
    Jewish Studies
    Linguistics
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Quebec Studies (QCST 200 only)
    Sociology


    II. Humanities

    African Studies
    Art History & Communications Studies
    Canadian Studies
    Catholic Studies
    Classics
    Communication Studies
    East Asian Studies
    English (and English as a Second Language)
    Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies
    German Studies
    Hispanic Studies
    History
    Indigenous Studies
    Islamic Studies
    Italian Studies
    Jewish Studies
    Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    Music
    Philosophy
    Quebec Studies
    Religious Studies
    Russian & Slavic Studies


    LITERATURE AND CIVILIZATION courses ONLY from the following departments and programs:

    Classics
    East Asian Studies
    German Studies
    Hispanic Studies
    Islamic Studies
    Italian Studies
    Jewish Studies
    Russian Studies


    III. Languages

    Acquire or improve your language skills. Literature and civilization courses offered by these departments count as Humanities, not as Language courses. A placement test and/or approval from the appropriate department may be required.

    Classics (Latin, Ancient Greek or Modern Greek)
    East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
    English as a Second Language
    French Language & Literature
    French as a Second Language
    German Studies
    Hispanic Studies (Portuguese, Spanish)
    Islamic Studies (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu)
    Italian Studies
    Jewish Studies (Hebrew, Yiddish)
    Religious Studies (New Testament Greek, Sanskrit)
    Russian & Slavic Studies
    (Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Armenian, Czech)


    IV. Mathematics and Science

    Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Computer Science
    Earth & Planetary Sciences
    Geography
    Math & Statistics
    Philosophy (PHIL 210 only)
    Physics
    Psychology (selected courses only)
    Psychiatry

    Option 2 - En Français

    • 18 credits of core requirement of courses conducted in French.
      • Credits may be comprised entirely:
        • Of language courses; or
        • Of substantive content courses conducted in French; or
        • A combination of the two.
      • You may be required to take a proficiency test.
    • Depending on your level of proficiency:
      • Permitted to enroll in a maximum of 12 credits of intensive French language courses.
        • An intensive language course is a 6 credit term course.
      • If you are at the introductory level, you must take at least 6 credits in French in your Freshman/Foundation year, but you may be permitted to complete the remaining core requirement credits in year U1.


    French Language and Literature

    FREN 199
    FREN 201 Le français littéraire (FLS) 3 Credits
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    FREN 203 Analyse de textes (FLS) 3 Credits
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    FREN 231 Linguistique française 3 Credits
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    FREN 239 Stylistique comparée 3 Credits
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    FREN 245 Grammaire normative 3 Credits
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    French as a Second Language

    FRSL 101 Beginners French 1 3 Credits
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    FRSL 105 Intensive Beginners French 6 Credits
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    FRSL 206 Elementary French 3 Credits
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    FRSL 207 Elementary French 01 6 Credits
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    FRSL 208 Intensive Elementary French 6 Credits
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    FRSL 211 Oral and Written French 1 6 Credits
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    FRSL 212 Oral & Written French 1 3 Credits
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    FRSL 215 Oral&Writ French 1-Intensive 6 Credits
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    FRSL 216 Course not available
    FRSL 302 Listening Comp & Oral Exp 1 3 Credits
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    FRSL 303 Listening Comp & Oral Exp 2 3 Credits
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    FRSL 321D1 Oral and Written French 2 3 Credits
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    FRSL 322 Oral & Written French 2 3 Credits
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    FRSL 325 Oral&Writ French 2-Intensive 6 Credits
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    FRSL 326
    FRSL 332 Intermediate French:Grammar 01 3 Credits
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    FRSL 333 Intermediate French:Grammar 02 3 Credits
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    FRSL 407 Compréhension et exp orales 3 Credits
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    FRSL 408 Français oral: Textes et Exp 3 Credits
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    FRSL 431 Français fonctionnel avancé 6 Credits
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    FRSL 432 Français fonctionnel 3 Credits
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    FRSL 445 Français fonctionnel, écrit 1 3 Credits
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    FRSL 446 Français fonctionnel, écrit 2 3 Credits
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    FRSL 449 Le français des médias 3 Credits
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