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As one of the colleges affiliated with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS), Founders College combines a strong emphasis on academic excellence with a commitment to the development of its members as well-rounded individuals.

The theme of the College is "Self, Culture & Society," which reflects the special interest of the College in the disciplines of Anthropology, Canadian Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Equity Studies, European Studies, French Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, German Studies, Health and Society, History, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Multicultural and Indigenous Studies, Portuguese Studies, Sexuality Studies, Social Work, Spanish and Urban Studies.

Founders College supports and houses the African Studies Program, the International Development Studies Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the South Asian Studies Program and the graduate program in Development Studies. As well, some of the student academic clubs of these departments and programs are housed in the College.

Founders also houses the Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, the Nellie Langford Rowell Library, the Canadian Woman Studies Journal/les cahiers de la femme and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. These units, along with the Fellows, support staff and student organizations, contribute to the dynamic intellectual life of the College.



  We Love Founders! Contest

We love Founders Contest

Introducing our very first We Love Founders! Contest. 

Tell us what Founders College means to you for your chance to win a great prize:


Students: $250.00 YU Card Guest Card

Fellows: $100 Bookstore gift card

Staff: $100 Bookstore gift card

Open to all Founders College students, Fellows and staff, simply submit your creative piece by January 31, 2015 to enter the contest. 

For full contest details, including rules and regulations, click here.



Fit at Founders Free Fitness Program

Returns in January 2015!

Visit for more details.

End of Term Get-Together

December 3, 2014

1:30pm to 3:00pm

FC 152 (Assembly Hall)

Winter Term College Life & Academic Orientation

January 9, 2015

10:30am to 12:50pm

FC 305 (Senior Common Room)

Remembering the Modoc War:  Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence

Book Launch and Roundtable Discussion

January 15, 2015

12:30pm to 2:30pm

FC 305 (Senior Common Room)

  Introducing The Wor(l)d Cultures Buddy Project


Supported by the LA&PS Dean's Internationalization Initiative Fund for Academic Units, and by the Office of the Master, Founders College, the Wor(l)d Cultures Buddy Project is a peer-to-peer program that pairs international students with students registered in programs housed at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

Selected by first language(s), visiting international students, whose life experiences and knowledge of their home culture and literature are such a rich offering to their peers at York University, are invited to pair up with a DLLL student who is interested in that area of the world. Learn more and and register for the next information session.



Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
orientation 2015
student guide
the phoenix newsletter -- pdf
WW1 Video Series by the History Department

Boyd Cothran poster -- pdf