FASS One

A connected first-year experience

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.  

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!

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 FASS FaM (Friends and Mentors)

Students in FASS One are eligible to participate in weekly FASS FaM 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.

Contact us

If you have been admitted to SFU and would like to be considered for FASS One at the Surrey campus, email rbaik@sfu.ca with the request along with your student number. Call 778-798-9384 for additional information.

FASS FaM (Friends and Mentors)

Choose your discipline

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
Either SA 101 Introduction to Anthropology  OR  SA 150 Introduction to Sociology  
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term
Either SA 101 Introduction to Anthropology  OR  SA 150 Introduction to Sociology (whichever was not taken in the Fall semester).  
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

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.

Criminology  

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for a criminology major
Fall Term CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions: A Criminal Justice Perspective
At least one elective course at Surrey
Spring Term CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - A Total System Approach
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Criminal & Deviant Behaviour
At least one elective course at Surrey

English

Recommended first year courses:  Requirements for an English major
Fall Term ENGL 114W - Language and Purpose 
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term ENGL 115W - Literature and Culture (D100 section) 
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Recommended first year courses:   Requirements for a major in gender, sexuality, and women's studies
Fall Term GSWS 101 - Gender Talk
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term GSWS 210 - Gender Today 
At least 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 102W - 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 - The Modern Middle East
At least 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 200 -Security and Global Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
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 120W - Moral and Legal Problems
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term One of:
PHIL 110 - Introduction to Logic and Reasoning
PHIL 100W - Knowledge and Reality
PHIL 150 - Great Works in the History of Philosophy
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 100 - Introduction to Politics and Government
One or two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term POL 221 - Introduction to Canadian Government
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 Either SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology or SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS
Spring Term Either SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology or SA 150 Introduction to Sociology whichever was not taken in the Fall semester 
At least two elective courses at Surrey including at least one in FASS