First-Year Experience: FASS One

ARE YOU:

  • Wondering what university will be like?
  • Imagining all the possibilities for your degree?
  • Looking forward to making new friends?
  • Thinking about your career possibilities?

FASS One will help you get the most out of your first year at SFU!

FASS One is designed specifically to help you get connected to other first-year students, professors, advisors, as well as the community at the Surrey campus. All of this adds up to a friendly, supportive, and exciting first year at SFU. 

Students in FASS One will benefit in a number of ways, including:

  • priority registration in FASS One core courses and Surrey Campus elective courses
  • small class sizes
  • close contact with instructors
  • dedicated Faculty advisor for course selection and program planning
  • eligible to participate in FLC

Students in FASS One are eligible to participate in weekly “First Year Learning Community” (FLC) meetings. These meetings focus on supporting your transition from a high school to a university setting. You will have opportunities to connect with other new students as well as learn about resources and services SFU offers. Topics include time management, study strategies, exam writing, choosing a program of study, volunteer opportunities, career exploration, co-operative education, international opportunities, and more. There will also be recreational and social activities, as well as group study time.

The weekly meetings are led by peer leaders, students who have completed a first year program and are committed and excited to help you to fully enjoy your first year at SFU.

If you are applying for this first-year program, you are also eligible for the $2,000 SFU Surrey Close to Home Awards.

You can choose from many FASS disciplines (see below). And if you are not yet sure which major you want, FASS One provides you with an opportunity to explore!

Students in FASS One take a minimum of three courses at the SFU Surrey campus in each of the fall and spring terms.  Each term, these courses include one or two core courses plus electives.  At least two courses must be within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  FASS One provides students with priority access to courses offered at the Surrey campus. 

Here are the recommended courses for the first year:

Anthropology

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for an anthropology major
Fall Term
One of
SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term
The other one of
SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

Criminology

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for a criminology major
Fall Term CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
At least one elective course at Surrey
Spring Term CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Criminal & Deviant Behaviour
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Criminal & Deviant Behaviour
At least one elective course at Surrey

Economics

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for an economics major
Fall Term ECON 103 - Principles of Microeconomics
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term ECON 105 - Principles of Macroeconomics
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Note: it is recommended that students take MATH 157 in their first year.

English

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for an English major
Fall Term One or both of:
ENGL 111W - Literary Classics
ENGL 113W - Literature and Performance
One or two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term One or both of:
ENGL 114W - Language and Purpose
ENGL 115W - Introduction to Issues in Literature and Culture
One or two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

History

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for a history major
Fall Term One or both of:
HIST 102 - Canada Since Confederation
HIST 130 - Fundamentals of World History
One or two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term One or both of:
HIST 106 - The Making of Modern Europe
HIST 151 - Modern Middle East
One or two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Note: these specific courses are not required to complete a history major but do count towards lower division requirements.  All these courses also provide a good foundation for the upper division requirements in History.

International Studies

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for an international studies major
Fall Term IS 101 - Introduction to International Studies
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term IS 210 - Comparative World Politics
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

Philosophy

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for a philosophy major
Fall Term PHIL 150 - History of Philosophy I
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term PHIL 110 - Introduction to Logic and Reasoning
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Note: one of PHIL 110 or 210 AND one of PHIL 150 or 151 are required for the philosophy major.  All these courses also provide a good foundation for the upper division requirements in Philosophy.

Political Science

Recommended first year courses:   Requirements for a political science major
Fall Term POL 101W - Introduction to Politics and Government
One or two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term POL 151 - The Administration of Justice
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

Psychology

Recommended first year courses:   Requirements for a psychology major
Fall Term PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology II
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

Sociology

Recommended first year courses:   Requirements for a sociology major
Fall Term One of
SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term The other one of
SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

CONTACT

If you have been admitted to SFU and would like to be considered for FASS One at the Surrey campus, email sryfass@sfu.ca with the request along with your student number. Call 778.782.9384 for additional information.