First-Year Learning Communities

Connexions learning communities are integrated courses that provide extra support and high-impact learning for new VIU students.

These are 6-credit courses, either combined from two existing 3-credit courses or created as stand-alone “super-courses”. They provide university credit in common 100-level courses in humanities and social sciences counting towards your degree. Many include an English course equivalency, so they help you fulfill your VIU Degree English Requirement, as well.

Why should you consider Connexions courses?

    • You spend the equivalent of two courses with the same classmates-you get to know each other and learn together
    • Common readings, assignments and coordinated due dates streamline your workload
    • Collaborations, either formal or informal
    • Interdisciplinary explorations: each course brings two or more disciplines together
    • Team teaching from the faculty.

Such team-taught, 6 credit courses are associated with greater academic success and better transition to the university environment.


CoursesEquivalent Courses
INDG 101: Exploring Indigenous Identities 
INTR 100: Popular Culture and Writing*ENGL 115/MEDI 115
INTR 101: Digital Media and Literature1*DIGI 110/ENGL 125
INTR 103: World Geographies and Writing*GEOG 100/ENGL 115
LBST 111: Love and Friendship** 


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CoursesEquivalent Courses
INDG 102: Exploring Indigenous Communities 
INTR 100: Popular Culture and Writing*ENGL 115/MEDI 115
INTR 101: Digital Media and Literature*DIGI 110/ENGL 125
INTR 106: Environmental Geography and LiteratureGEOG 101/ENGL 125
LBST 112: Knowledge, Good and Evil**

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* Fulfills 3 credits of the Degree English Requirement 

** LBST 111 & 112 together satisfy the Degree English Requirement (except for programs requiring ENGL 115/204)

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