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Foundation Year Program

A guide to the interdisciplinary Foundation Year Program at the University of King's College.


Foundation Year Program

The Foundation Year Program is the only program of its kind in North America, in which you read through Western history, moving forward chronologically from the ancient to the contemporary world. You will read works of philosophy, history, literature, drama, and the natural and social sciences that shaped, and were shaped by, the period of their emergence.

Instead of reading works about specific time periods, students are exposed to fundamental works written by writers and philosophers who lived during those time periods.

FYP is divided into six broad sections:

  • The Ancient World
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance and the Reformation
  • The Age of Reason
  • The Era of Revolutions
  • The Contemporary World


FYP Homepage

As a King's student, you have full access to Dalhousie's electronic resources including e-books, journal articles, and databases.

The most seamless access point is via the Library's online catalogue, which establishes your institutional affiliation. If you are accessing these resources from off-campus, you will need to log in with your university credentials in order to access them (your NetID and password).

Access e-books, journal articles, and more by searching Novanet.

Search for a specific database or browse Dalhousie's list of databases here.

Search for a specific e-journal or browse Dalhousie's list of e-journals here.