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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

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September 23 to November 26, 2014

5:45pm to 6:45pm

FC 023 (The Arthur Haberman Room)

Visit for more details.

Becoming a Good Academic Citizen (3):  Study Habits

November 26, 2014

11:30am to 1:00pm

FC 303 (Brian Cragg Room)

To register, click here.

Preserving Memories:  Canadian Missionaries in Central Angola

November 28, 2014

9:30am to 3:30pm

305 York Lanes

End of Term Get-Together

December 3, 2014

1:30pm to 3:00pm

FC 152 (Assembly Hall)

nov 28 conference

  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
student guide
the phoenix newsletter -- pdf
WW1 Video Series by the History Department

fit for life