Upon admission to the Faculty of Arts, students are automatically placed in the General degree program. All programs have a common first year, and students are eligible to apply to enter the Honours programs only after successfully completing 6 credit hours in 4 different subject fields. Students completing their first year will remain in the General program unless they apply for entrance to the Advanced or Honours programs.
Students planning to enter the Advanced or Honours programs should be aware that there are specific entrance requirements for each program and refer to the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Calendar for detailed information. Please note that not all programs are available in all subject areas. Students planning to declare a specific major(s), minor or honours subject field should include the appropriate prerequisite course for that program within their first year.
A "second degree" student is one who is pursuing a second undergraduate degree and whose basis of admission is a first degree from a recognized university program.
Once a Bachelor of Arts degree has been awarded by the University of Manitoba Senate, it cannot be revoked or exchanged for a different degree. However, students are free to apply for admission to the Faculty of Arts seeking a second degree.
Students will be allowed to transfer up to 60 credit hours of acceptable coursework from their first degree toward the Bachelor of Arts second degree program. Courses extra to the first degree may also be transferred. Courses from external institutions which exceed ten years will not be considered for transfer credit.
Courses must be acceptable for credit in Arts and must have a minimum grade of "C" in order to be transferable.
Once admitted to the Faculty of Arts and to one of the three undergraduate degree programs, students must satisfy all continuation requirements (such as the minimum performance level), and all graduation requirements relevant to that degree program.
No transfer credit will be awarded to students applying for a third degree.
Students may not be admitted to the Faculty of Arts or complete a Bachelor of Arts degree program while pursuing a degree in another faculty or school at the University of Manitoba.
Students cannot obtain a second degree in the same discipline at the same or lower level degree as any of their previously awarded degrees.
Students should note that the distribution of hours within the total 30 can be in any combination of full and half courses, but the half courses should be distributed equally between terms.
You are not required to attend full-time. Students may take less than the maximum of 30 credit hours and complete a degree on a part-time basis.
While you are required to complete 6 credit hours in only four different subject fields within your first 30 credit hours, we strongly recommend that you include 6 credit hours in five different subject areas for the following reasons:
Students who have been admitted with transfer credit for work completed at another institution may have already completed the subject area requirement within their transfer credit.
Humanities/Social Science/Science Requirement
All students are required to complete 6 credit hours of Humanities, 6 credit hours of Social Sciences, and 6 credit hours of Science as part of their B.A. degree program, by the time 90 credit hours have been completed.
Refer to the Faculty of Arts section of the Undergraduate Calendar for a listing of departments which are classified under these categories.
You should note that the Science category includes all courses offered by the Faculty of Science except courses classified as Service Courses provided to other faculties.
University Written English and Mathematics Requirement
All students are required to complete for their degree a minimum of one three (3) credit hour course with significant content in written English, and a minimum of one (3) three credit hour course with significant content in mathematics.
In the Undergraduate Calendar, course numbers of designated written English courses are marked with a 'W,' after the course number, and designated mathematics courses are marked with an 'M,' after the course number.
Individual sections of courses may also satisfy the University written English requirement and will be marked in the Undergraduate Calendar with a 'W' after the section number.
While some departments have one introductory course which is a prerequisite for all other courses within the department, others may offer a variety of 1000 and 2000 level courses which have no prerequisites. Students should note that language courses and many science courses require a high school prerequisite.
To find the course description in the Undergraduate Calendar, refer to the faculty or school in which the course is offered.
You must formally apply for a Letter of Permission on an "Application for Letter of Permission" form at least one month prior to the start of classes at the other institution. These forms are available through the Registrar's Office. For further information, you may wish to contact a Student Advisor in the Faculty of Arts General Office.
Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for information on how to revise your registration, and how a revision will affect your fees.
The identification card is required to use the various campus facilities (e.g., libraries, physical education centre), and must also be presented during final examinations.
Your I.D. card is permanent, and you should retain it throughout your attendance. If your I.D. card is lost or stolen, be sure to report this immediately to both the I.D. Centre and the library.
Further information on I.D. cards and the I.D. Centre is provided in the Undergraduate Calendar.
University of Manitoba Bookstore
The University Bookstore is located on the lower level of the University Centre Building. The Bookstore supplies textbooks and course materials for all classes as well as a variety of other merchandise including trade and reference books, calculators, microcomputers, stationery, art supplies, tapes, CD's and University of Manitoba crested sportswear.
The peak period for students' purchases is the first two weeks of classes. Students who register early may purchase their textbooks prior to the commencement of classes. The booklist is available for reference at the Bookstore in early August.
Students should be aware that textbooks may be returned for a full refund with a receipt 14 days from the date of purchase, date of class commencement or date of course change. The sales slip and I.D. are required and the text must be in reusable condition.
Between April and August and again in early December, students may sell their used books back to the Bookstore. The Bookstore will buy back reconfirmed textbooks for cash.
Information regarding store hours may be obtained by calling 474-8178. Further information is available in a pamphlet from the Bookstore or by calling 474-8321.
Students must be notified of the assessment procedure of a course within the first two weeks of classes. You should use this information to decide whether you want to stay in the course, change sections of the same course, or perhaps change courses entirely.
There is no academic penalty associated with a voluntary withdrawal. If, however, you miss the VW deadline, you must complete the course to the best of your ability. If you receive a failing grade, this will become a permanent part of your academic record, and cannot be removed. It is therefore extremely important to be aware of the VW deadlines for all of your courses!
A final examination schedule will be posted approximately two weeks after the preliminary schedule. Check the final examination schedule very carefully by lecture section numbers for each of your courses.
During the examination, you will be required to present your picture identification card.
In addition there may be "instructor-scheduled" final examinations which will not appear on the final examination timetable prepared by the Registrar's Office. Be sure to consult your instructor/department regarding such exams.
Students must be available during the final examination period; therefore, you should not plan any vacations or job commitments until you know the date of your last examination.
Students in the Faculty of Arts who receive grades of F should note that a failing grade cannot be removed from a transcript, even if the same course is repeated and successfully completed.
Students who do not write the final examination will obtain the notation "NP" in addition to the grade assigned, e.g., F-NP (Failure -- No Paper).
To graduate with a B.A. General Degree, you must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on the 90 credit hours used to meet degree requirements. To graduate with a B.A. Advanced Degree, you must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on 120 credit hours. Students in a B.A. Honours Program must achieve a higher grade point average.
Student Advisors in the Faculty of Arts will not be able to provide you with specific information on eligibility for transfer to another faculty, or on the degree requirements of any other faculty. You are reminded that while you are enrolled in the Faculty of Arts, you must comply with the Faculty of Arts regulations and take courses which can be used towards a B.A. degree.
The Faculty office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
For further information, you are invited to write or call:
Faculty of Arts
3rd Floor, Fletcher Argue Building
The University of Manitoba
Toll Free (within Manitoba):
1-800-432-1960 Extension 9100
Fax: (204) 474-7590
Remember that you are in charge of your academic program and that it is up to you to ensure that you are meeting degree requirements. If you have read the Undergraduate Calendar and need assistance in planning your program, it is your responsibility to contact a Student Advisor.
Full or Spanned Course
Example: PSYC 1200 - Introduction to Psychology (6)
The letters before the course number indicate the department, Psychology. All courses in Psychology are prefixed with PSYC. The digits after the letters indicate the course number within the department. The first digit after the letters indicates that this is a 1000 level course; there are also 2000, 3000, and 4000 level courses available to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts.
New students should note that they are not restricted to taking only 1000 level courses within their first year. The 1000/2000/3000/4000 level designations indicate the level to which the course is specialized and not necessarily the year in a student's program in which it must be taken. There are a number of 2000 and a few 3000 level courses in which new students are eligible to enrol, in addition to the many 1000 level courses.
The number in brackets after the title of the course indicates whether it is a full or half course (6 credit hours = full course, 3 credit hours = half course). If the credit hours are followed by "L," you know that there is a laboratory associated with the course.
Students admitted to University 1 who subsequently intend to enter the Faculty of Arts, should carefully review this section prior to registration in courses in University 1.
The University of Manitoba Undergraduate Calendar is produced annually and contains a description of all the courses offered in every faculty and school. Courses offered by the Faculty of Arts are listed under the Arts section of the Undergraduate Calendar, with the departments arranged in alphabetical order. However, not all courses listed in the Undergraduate Calendar are offered every year. To check if a course is offered in the current academic session, you must refer to the current Undergraduate Calendar.
You may register for less than a regular year's program. Indeed, many students register for only one or two courses per year. Using the Undergraduate Calendar, plan a timetable for yourself. Keep in mind that all departments require a minimum grade of "C" or better in the initial course as a prerequisite for advanced level courses or for entry to a major or minor.