In Humanities 101, we learn about the stories that connect us to others and the world around us through studies in Literature, History, Music, Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Art History. By studying the Humanities, we learn to think creatively and critically about what it means to be human. We learn to ask questions about our world and to understand how others live. The Humanities develop informed and critical citizens.

We meet in a university classroom two days a week for four months and study a variety of texts and ideas. Instructors and facilitators are passionate about learning and create a profoundly safe and welcoming space where adults with a diverse range of life and educational experiences are all welcome. We come alongside our students to equip them with skills to ignite personal and social transformation.

How to Apply

Applications are always accepted. Interviews occur twice a year – July to August, and November to December.

  1. Fill out a New Student Application form. For returning students (students who have taken Hum103 or Hum105 in the past year) please get in touch with the Program Coordinator.
    1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
    2. Low-income
    3. Experience barriers to education
  2. Submit the Application form to the Program Coordinator via email, fax or mail by the deadline.
    1. The deadline for the upcoming course, Hum 103 Winter 2020, is Friday Aug 14, 2020.
  3. Applicants will be asked to meet with the Humanities 101 team and complete a reading assessment.


What resources will be provided for students?

  • Tuition and books
  • Nutritious hot lunches before class
  • Transit tickets as required
  • Assistance with childcare costs as required
  • Small group discussions led by mentors/facilitators
  • Cultural experiences


Please Note:

Applicants are assessed in relation to other applications received. No one is deemed ineligible based on income or other factors. However, those with lower incomes and fewer opportunities for post-secondary education will be admitted on a priority basis.

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact Marina Kerr, Program Coordinator at (403) 254-3713 or via email at