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Welcome Future Students

Considering a degree at Trent University? You’ve made a great choice. Trent University is a wonderful place to pursue your academic journey.

A Hub of Learning and Innovation

Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning nearly four decades, Trent Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous education experience grounded in the social sciences and humanities and unparalleled in the Durham Region and eastern GTA.

  • Anthropology professor discusses artifacts with two students in a lab

Humanities 101

Humanities 101 at Trent University Durham is a 10-week, not-for-credit multi-disciplinary course offering classes in humanities and social sciences. Students will attend classes each week for two hours (one hour of lecture and one hour of seminar-style discussion). Each week will bring a new topic and new instructor.

The intent of the program is to provide access to higher education to those in the Durham Region who might face barriers – either financial or otherwise and also to provide our community with opportunities for lifelong learning.

The courses are taught by Professors who volunteer their time and the administration is coordinated by a committee of dedicated Trent staff.

Humanities 101 is free to all those enrolled and is offered each Fall at Trent University Durham.

For Fall 2017 the program will begin on Tuesday, September 26th and run each Tuesday evening with the last class on Tuesday, November 28th.

Below is a sample of our discussion topics, taken from our Fall 2016 program.  Topic information for 2017 will begin to be posted on August 1, 2017.  Please check back to discover our new offerings!

Fall 2016: Course Dates and Topics

Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm September - November
Trent University Durham, 55 Thornton Road South, Oshawa - Room to be announced for 2017

  1. Tuesday, September 27th - Arrive at 6pm for Orientation and Information Literacy (John Wales) followed at 7:00pm by Class: Professor Caitlin McLaughlin (Business Administration) How to Get People to do Stuff
  2. Tuesday, October 4th - Professor Robert Wright (History) Trudeaumania
  3. Tuesday, October 11th -  Professor Dan Longboat (Indigenous Studies) Topic to be announced
  4. Tuesday, October 18th - Professor Jennifer Eastabrook (Psychology) Understanding changes in emotional development during the adolescent transition
  5. Tuesday, October 25th - University staff Student Support and Funding Your Education
  6. Tuesday, November 1st - Professor Else Knudsen (Social Work) Canadian prisons: history, functions and impacts
  7. Tuesday, November 8th - Professor Alba Agostino (Child and Youth Studies) Understanding a Child's Voice
  8. Tuesday, November 15th - Professor Rita Bode (English Literature) Wild Women and Murderous Men: Shakespeare and Leadership
  9. Tuesday, November 22nd - Professor Jim Cosgrave (Sociology) Topic to be announced
  10. Tuesday, November 29th -Professor Helen Haines (Anthropology) Anthropology vs. Indiana Jones: The Real Dirt about Archaeology - lecture/discussion will be shorter in length as there is a planned celebration and certificate ceremony following the November 29th lecture

Student Supports and Items Provided to Humanities 101 Registered Students:

  • Childcare expense ($25 per evening for those who require supplement)
  • Writing materials provided
  • Trent library card
  • Coffee/refreshments
  • Transit coverage (bus)

Interested in Becoming a Humanities 101 Student?

For you to become involved with Humanities 101 as a student, a community service agency must recommend you to the program.  We will begin to take recommendations on July 1, 2017.

If you would like to recommend a student to our program, please submit a recommendation form.  
For more information, please contact:

Amber Ashton
Email: alashton@trentu.ca
Phone: 905-435-5102 x5005


Kate Ingram
Email: kateingram@trentu.ca
Phone: 905-435-5102 x5022