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 a variety of fields, including government, management, and education.  Many of our students also pursue professional studies in areas such as law and social work.

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The following majors and minors/concentrations are available for study via Distance and Online Education when completing the Bachelor of Arts (General) or the Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies.  While certain disciplines (*) 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 in online and distance education.

Majors offered by the Faculty of Arts:
Minors/Concentrations offered by the Faculty of Arts:
  • Canadian Studies*
  • Criminology
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies*
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Canadian Studies*
  • Economics
  • English*
  • History
  • Native Studies
  • Philosophy*
  • Political Studies*
  • Psychology*
  • Sociology*
  • Women & Gender Studies

Note: Dependent on course offerings through UM and CVU, students completing a Bachelor of Arts (General) or the Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies can complete Minors and Concentrations offered outside of the Faculty of Arts.  See sections 8 and 9 in the Faculty of Arts chapter in the Academic Calendar for a list of acceptable minors and concentrations.

Degrees Offered by UM Distance and Online Education

Degree *total course credit hours
Bachelor of Arts (General) 90
Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies 90

When completing courses using CVU, students must be careful to meet the residency requirement for both the major and degree requirements.

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 the Bachelor of Arts (General) and Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies complete degree requirements, including the major, minor and concentration requirements, refer to the Arts section of the Academic Calendar.