Bachelor of Arts

Faculty of Arts

The University of Manitoba awarded the first Bachelor of Arts in 1880 with its inaugural graduating class of one. Since then, more than 50,000 Bachelor of Arts degrees have been conferred.  Our graduates are in excellent company. From artists to human rights activists, some of the most influential people in Canada are graduates of the Faculty of Arts.

An Arts education teaches students to solve problems, to be sensitive to the social and physical environment and to acquire breadth of learning with an appreciation of our cultural, political, and economic milieu.  Faculty of Arts students are prepared for future careers in government, management, and education.  Many of our students also pursue professional studies in areas such as law and social work.

For further information about what the Faculty of Arts has to offer and the many advantages a liberal Arts education has to offer, please visit our website at

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts (General) may select courses that lead to the following:

Majors: Minors:
  • Canadian Studies
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
    *offered by Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology (General and Advanced)
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Canadian Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Family Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • History
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Native Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women & Gender Studies

While many of the programs listed above are available through UM course offerings alone, others are available in collaboration with our Canadian Virtual University (CVU) partners.  CVU is an association of Canada's leading universities specializing in online and distance education.

Degrees Offered by UM Distance and Online Education

Degree *total course credit hours
Bachelor of Arts (General) 90
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced – Psychology only) 120
Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies 90

There is no time limit for completion of any of the above degree programs. Students may complete their degree on a full-time or part-time basis.

For General and Advanced Degree Program requirements,
refer to the Arts section of the Academic Calendar.

For more information, contact:
Dianne Mutuc, Student Advisor, Distance and Online Education
Telephone: 204-474-9855
North America toll free: 1-800-432-1960 ext. 9855
Fax: 204-272-1626

Sample Degree Plans:

Bachelor of Arts (General)

Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) – Psychology only

Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies (B.A.I.S.)

If you are interested in a specific major and minor, please e-mail Dianne Mutuc at for a degree plan.


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