Posted August 06, 2018 04:02:40With the launch of its new online degree program, The First Doctorate, The University of Waterloo is making its move into the first-person-only arena.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get their first-class degrees in a more hands-on environment,” said The First Dr. Andrew Macdonald, vice-chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.
“Students who want to gain an undergraduate degree in the humanities, arts and social sciences can now access this degree program through the university’s online platform, and we are proud to be a partner with Waterloo.”
While the university is offering its new program to the public for the first time, it will also offer its undergraduate program through its own online platform for first-time students.
“We are happy to be able to offer a program that students can access from any device,” said Macdonald.
“There are so many exciting opportunities to pursue in our digital space that we look forward to seeing how our students use this new opportunity.”
The university’s program has a focus on the humanities and social science, and focuses on a variety of subject areas including the history of science, social theory and philosophy, gender and sexuality, and ethics.
“The program will be able provide an introduction to the disciplines we are offering and allow students to explore the world around them through the lens of a wide variety of disciplines,” said a university spokesperson.
“Our focus is on teaching students about the history and development of science and technology, and the impact it has had on society.”
As a part of the program, students will also be able learn to code, creating their own careers.
“With the addition of a second bachelor’s degree, we believe we are providing an opportunity for the most talented students to become successful professionals,” said the spokesperson.
Students interested in participating in the program can visit www.thefirstdoctorate.com/firstdegree to register for the program.
Students who complete the program in their first year will also receive a second chance at a degree through their second year, with the first year of the second degree also having a second shot.
The university is currently looking to hire a third-year associate professor, but will announce that faculty positions are on the horizon in the future.
Students will be required to complete a second thesis before they can complete their degree, and a first-year graduate will need to complete an undergraduate thesis.
Students are also eligible to apply for a second doctorate through the University’s Continuing Education program.