This fall, Carleton University’s innovative first-year learning community program, ArtsOne, will again be offering new clusters to students looking for a supportive cross-disciplinary approach that focuses on hands-on learning and critical thinking. This year these clusters will include:
- Criminal Matters: Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Know Your Rights: Identity, Politics, and the Law
- Mind Matters: Thinking, Language and Identity
- Monsters and Monstrosities
- Writers and Writing in Canada
Central to learning in ArtsOne is the opportunity and expectation that students will be regularly engaged with their peers and professors. This innovative learning community is designed to support students as they transition from high school to a large university setting by providing a dynamic, integrated and successful first-year experience.
“Doing well in first year is one of the best predictors for a student successfully completing their degree,” said Tara-Lee Raycraft undergraduate program co-ordinator at Carleton. “We have designed ArtsOne with this in mind. We challenge students to think about their world in new and exciting ways and from a variety of perspectives.”
ArtsOne enables students to closely examine a single theme while building writing, critical thinking and researching skills. The program is all about getting an “anything but textbook” education. Students participate in fields trips, listen to guest lecturers, participate in hands-on activities and interact with material in ways not always available to students outside the program.
“The ArtsOne program has really lived up to its description,” said Diana Salguero, cognitive science major in the ArtsOne Mind Matters cluster.
“The teachers and their assistants are wonderful. These individuals are conscious of the reality of a first-year student. They sincerely care about students’ well being and want each student to succeed. The professors also have a strong passion for education and the subjects they teach. Their enthusiasm and love for learning is contagious and has personally served as an impetus to become excited about learning.”
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Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.
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