The Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program

Applications for 2017-18 are now open and will close on April 22nd. Also, please note we have made some changes to our Ethics and Health Science & Society streams for 2017-18. See individual stream pages for details.

The Margaret MacMillan Trinity One program at Trinity College in the University of Toronto provides first-year students with the opportunity to explore major issues and ideas pertaining to human life and world affairs, while in a small-group environment conducive to deep discussion and interaction.




  • Trinity One students debated Canada's right-to-die legislation
  • Prof. Joe Wong presented his recent research on "Reaching the Hard to Reach"
  • Human Rights lawyer Philippe Sands joined us for a fireside chat on genocide.
  • Iceland's First Lady Eliza Reid joined us for a fireside chat.
  • Dr. David Langlois of the Centre for Clinical Ethics gave a lunch talk on difficult real-life hospital cases.
  • Congratulations to Trinity One in-course award recipients.
  • Prof. Mark Kingwell gave a lunch talk on the politics of civility.
  • Check out some pictures from our welcome lunch.




  • Trinity One has five streams: Public PolicyEthics, Society, & LawInternational Relations;  the Anne Steacy Biomedical Health Stream; and  the Anne Steacy Health Science and Society Stream. Students enroll in one of these five streams.
  • Each stream consists of two credits. 
  • For Public Policy; Ethics, Society, & Law; International Relations; and the Anne Steacy Health Science and Society stream, the two seminar credits are both taken concurrently in the first year.
  • For the Anne Steacy Biomedical Health Stream, one seminar credit is taken in the first year, and the second seminar credit is taken in the second year. This gives students in life science the option to take math, chemistry, biology and physics in first year while taking part in Trinity One.
  • The seminar courses are have limited enrollment to ensure small class sizes. They foster small-group discussion and emphasize the development of critical-thinking, oral-presentation, writing, and research skills.




  • Trinity One provides an academically rigorous preparation for the rest of your undergraduate career and is an excellent foundation for future upper level work.
  • Trinity One's interdisciplinary focus provides a firm grounding in, and connections to, a number of undergraduate programs. Students leave the program well positioned to thrive in a range of popular majors, minors, and specialists.
  • Trinity One includes co-curricular events that draw upon the rich resources of the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and GovernanceCentre for EthicsMunk School of Global Affairs, Faculty of Medicine and University of Toronto affiliated hospitals.  These events enable students in all Trinity One streams to hear guest speakers and to engage in informal conversation with one another and with their professors.
  • Trinity One is connected to a diverse, engaging, and motivating undergraduate college community.
  • Trinity One has a strong track record of producing alumni that go on to excel in both their academic and professional pursuits.