Faculty of Arts

B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts—Honours

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The degree programs in the Faculty of Arts offers studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences and a variety of interdisciplinary programs to provide you with a liberal education and prepare you for a future career. To see program overviews, learn about unique opportunities to students within a major, and connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the appropriate major on the Admissions Program page.
Special Study Features: The Faculty of Arts recognizes the value that international experience brings to your degree program and will grant university credit for a number of different types of programs abroad. You can partake in exchange programs, travel study courses and field study courses in over 18 countries that provide you with hands-on experience, travel and even work abroad.

B.A. Honours:  A  four year (120) credit hour degree, which provides a rigorous examination of a particular subject area. It requires more courses in the Honours field and provides a greater intensity and depth of study. A Minor is optional in this program. Choose the B.A. Honours if you plan on continuing your education at the graduate level. Double Honours programs are available in some areas. 

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (in Faculty of Arts) Course Selection Planning Chart

Please note that this is a planning guide; the course requirements below are not necessarily required in your first year, but will help you begin degree requirements. Choose courses for your future Major and Minor using the table. Then add courses that help you meet the five subject field and the Humanities/Social Sciences/Science requirements.

 

 

First Year Courses Credit Hours
Introductory course(s) in future Major (1st subject field) 6
Introductory course(s) in future Minor or 2nd Major (2nd subject field) 6
Courses in 3rd subject field 6
Courses in 4th subject field 6
Courses in 5th subject field or electives 6
Total Credit Hours 30
From the courses selected above, have you fulfilled:

6 credit hours of Humanities
6 credit hours of Social Science
6 credit hours of Science
6 credit hours of Written English (W) requirement
6 credit hours of Mathematics (M) requirement

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • Choose courses for your future Major and Minor using the Introductory Course Requirements table.
  • Choose additional subject fields using the Introductory Course Requirements table or the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Choose your W and M requirements from the Recommended Introductory Courses list (if these
    are not met by an Introductory Course Requirement).
  • You are not necessarily required to complete these requirements in Year 1.
  • For details on how to fulfill the Humanities, Social Science, and Science Requirements, please refer to the details below.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

FACULTY OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Subject Field Requirement:

The Faculty of Arts requires you to fulfill a five subject field requirement. To satisfy the subject field requirement for any B.A. degree (other than the B.A. Integrated Studies degree), you must complete 6 credit hours in each of five different subject fields. For example, 6 credit hours in Psychology (PSYC 1200), plus 6 credit hours in Anthropology (ANTH 1210+ANTH 1220), plus 6 credit hours in German (GRMN 1120), plus 6 credit hours in Economics (ECON 1010+ECON 1020), plus 6 credit hours in Biology (BIOL 1000+ BIOL 1010). The subject field requirement may be fulfilled by taking courses from faculties other than the Faculty of Arts.

Humanities/Social Science/Science Requirement:

B.A. degrees also require 6 credit hours in each area of Humanities, Social Sciences and courses offered by the Faculty of Science. The subjects and/or courses that fulfill these requirements are listed below

A course subject may satisfy both the subject field requirement and the Humanities/Social Sciences/Science requirement. For example, PSYC 1200=Social Science (& subject field), GRMN 1120=Humanities (& subject field), BIOL 1000+1010=Science (& subject field).

Alternatively, subjects may be combined to satisfy the Humanities/Social Sciences/Science requirement. For example, by combining subjects: MATH 1010(M)+PLNT 1000=Science, ENGL 1400(W)+FAAH 1030=Humanities.

It is possible to satisfy the W requirement when you complete the Humanities or Social Science requirement. It is possible to satisfy the (M) requirement when you complete the Science requirement.

HUMANITIES:

Course subjects taught by the Faculty of Arts that can be used towards the Humanities requirement and are open to first year students include:

  • Arabic, Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, Catholic Studies, Classical Studies, English [excluding ENGL 0930 (W) and ENGL 0940 (W)], Film Studies, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, History, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Judaic Civilization, Latin, Native Languages, Native Studies, Philosophy, Polish, Portuguese, Religion, Russian, Spanish, Theatre, Ukrainian, and Yiddish. In addition, the following courses can also be used: WOMN 1500 (W) Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Humanities; WOMN 2530 Writing Women's Lives; WOMN 2570 Soap Operas, Harlequins, and Talk Shows; WOMN 2600 Sex, Gender, Space and Place.
  • Some additional upper-level courses in GPE and WOMN may also be used.

School of Art courses open to first year students can also be used to satisfy the Humanities requirement:

  • FAAH 1030, FAAH 1040

SOCIAL SCIENCES:

Course subjects taught by the Faculty of Arts that can be used towards the Social Sciences requirement and are open to first year students include:

  • Anthropology, Economics, Labour Studies, Linguistics, Political Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Other Arts courses include: Arts Interdisciplinary: ARTS 1160; Global Political Economy: GPE 1700; Women's & Gender Studies course #'s: WOMN 1600 (W), WOMN 2500, WOMN 2510; WOMN 2560 (W); and WOMN 2610
  • Some additional upper-level courses in GPE and WOMN may also be used.

SCIENCE:

Course subjects that satisfy the science requirement and are open to first year students include:

Faculty of Science:

  • Courses in Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Statistics.

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences:

  • AGRI 1500, AGRI 1510, ENTM 1000, PLNT 1000.
  • Some additional upper-level courses in PLNT and SOIL may also be used.

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources:

  • ENVR 1000, ENVR 2000, GEOG 1290, GEOL 1340, GEOL 1400, GEOL 1410, GEOL 1420.
  • Some additional upper-level courses in GEOG and GEOL may also be used.

Faculty of Engineering:

  • ENG 1440, ENG 1450, ENG 1460.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1:

Admission to the Faculty of Arts from University 1 is referred to as a 'transit', and therefore does not require an application process for admission to the faculty. Once you have completed 24–30 credit hours of course work you are eligible to transit to the B.A. General degree.

If you enter the Faculty of Arts under the B.A. General program you can always complete the specific requirements for the Advanced or Honours program following your transit to the Faculty of Arts and apply to the Advanced or Honours program in year two or three.

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours with four completed subject fields, including the introductory course(s) specified in the Introductory Course Requirements table for intended major.
Minimum Course Load: University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Summer Session may be used to complete admission requirements. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.
W Requirement:

Not required for transit.

Some programs include required first or second year courses that fulfill the W and M requirements. See your intended Major Program for specific details as listed by department in the Academic Calendar.

M Requirement: Not required for transit.

Some programs include required first or second year courses that fulfill the W and M requirements. See your intended Major Program for specific details as listed by department in the Academic Calendar.

Minimum GPA:

3.00 GPA (3.5 for Psychology) on all courses acceptable for credit in Arts (including failed and repeated courses), and a minimum GPA of 3.00 (3.5 for Psychology) in course(s) in your Honours subject field(s) (including failed and repeated courses).

Students applying for Honours Psychology must have a minimum grade of 'B' in PSYC 2260 (M).

Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: After you transit to Arts, you will need to apply to the B.A. Honours degree through the Faculty of Arts Dean's Office when eligible to do so.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • None.

MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

  • 4 years (120 credit hours).

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April 13, 2017

First Year Planning Guide