Undergraduate degree options

Discover the wide variety of degree options offered by the Faculty of Arts and the degree options that are available in each program area.

When you first enter the Faculty of Arts, you are placed in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) General (3-year) degree with an undeclared major and minor, unless you have applied for the BA Integrated Studies degree.

You are required to eventually declare your program of study with a major and minor, and with that you can elect to enter the BA Advanced (4-year) degree or the BA Honours (4-year) degree, after you meet the qualifying requirements.

Declaring your major and minor

You can declare your minor (in most departments) two ways:

Applying to the BA Advanced or BA Honours program

To apply to enter the BA Advanced degree or the BA Honours degree, find the declaration form in Student forms and submit it to Arts_Inquiry@umanitoba.ca.

Bachelor of Arts General degree

The BA General degree comprises 90 credit hours of course work. This program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas.

This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.

You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.

Bachelor of Arts Advanced degree

The BA Advanced degree comprises 120 credit hours of course work. This program offers a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the major.

Graduates of the advanced major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate studies. The advanced degree is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree.

You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.

The program can be completed with a single or double advanced major.

BA Honours degree

The BA Honours degree comprises 120 credit hours of course work. The honours program offers a rigorous examination of a particular subject area for those who desire a more specialized undergraduate preparation.

This is the preferred program for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.

You can complete the honours program on a part-time basis.

Students normally enter the program after first year, although you may be eligible to enter the program later in your undergraduate studies. The program can be completed as a single or double honours program.

Arts minor

To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree where the declared major is in another subject field, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours from courses at the 2000 level and above.

BA Integrated Studies degree

The BA Integrated Studies (BAIS) degree is a 90-credit-hour degree program designed for working adults who have completed some post-secondary education. The degree requires areas of concentration rather than the traditional major and minor requirement, providing a more flexible path for degree completion but also ensuring academic rigor.

The program is divided into three components: foundation or core courses, area of concentration and options.

The admission requirements for this degree program are specific to the program and therefore considerably different than other degree programs offered by the Faculty of Arts.

General degree requirements for all Arts degrees

Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:

  • 6 credit hours of humanities
  • 6 credit hours of social sciences
  • 6 credit hours of sciences
  • 3 credit hours of written English (W)
  • 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
  • 6 credit hours in 5 different subject fields

The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.

Students in the BA Integrated Studies (BAIS) degree must complete 3 credit hours in five different subject fields as part of their degree.


Refer to the Academic Calendar for full details on these requirements, the listing of courses in the Faculty of Arts that have been designated as social sciences or humanities and the list of courses that the Faculty of Arts will accept as science courses offered by several other faculties.

Degree options by area of study

Discover your honours, major, minor and Bachelor of Integrated Studies options by area of study in the Faculty of Arts.

Minor options may also be declared in faculties other than Arts. In lieu of a minor, students in the General degree program may complete a double major.

Degree options by area of study

PROGRAM OPTIONS
Anthropology Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration

Art History

General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Asian Studies General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Canadian Studies Double honours, Single honours; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Catholic Studies Minor; BAIS concentration
Central and East European Studies Double honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
The Changing Workplace BAIS concentration
Classics - Classical Studies Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Classics - Greek Advanced major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Classics - Latin Advanced major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Economics Double honours; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Economics - Economics and Econometrics Stream Single honours; Advanced major
Economics - Economics and Society Stream Single honours; Advanced major
Economics - Mathematics Single honours
Economics - Statistics Single honours
English, Theatre, Film & Media - English Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
English, Theatre, Film & Media - Film Studies Advanced major; General major: Minor; BAIS concentration
English, Theatre, Film & Media - Theatre Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
French, Spanish, and Italian - French Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
French, Spanish, and Italian - Spanish Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
French, Spanish, and Italian - Italian Minor; BAIS concentration
French, Spanish and Italian - Italian Studies Advanced major; General major
German and Slavic Studies - German Double honours; Single honours; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
German and Slavic Studies - Russian General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
German and Slavic Studies - Ukrainian General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
German and Slavic Studies - Polish Minor; BAIS concentration
Global Political Economy Advanced major; General major
History Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
History - Co-op Single honours; Advanced major
Icelandic Language and Literature Double honours; Single honours; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Judaic Studies Minor; BAIS concentration
Labour Studies Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Labour Studies - Co-op Advanced major
Latin American Studies Minor; BAIS concentration
Leadership for Business and Organizations
(offered by Asper School of Business)
Minor
Linguistics Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration

Management
(offered by Asper School of Business)

Minor; BAIS concentration
Mathematics Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Medieval & Early Modern Studies Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Native Studies Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Native Studies - Indigenous Languages Minor; BAIS concentration
Native Studies - Aboriginal Governance Stream with required minor in Business Advanced major
Option in Aging BAIS concentration
Philosophy Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Political Studies Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Political Studies - Co-op Single honours; Advanced major
Psychology Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Psychology - Co-op Advanced major
Religion Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Sociology and Criminology - Sociology Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Sociology and Criminology - Criminology Single honours; General major
Ukrainian Canadian Heritage Studies Advanced major; General major; Minor; BAIS concentration
Women’s and Gender Studies Single honours; Double honours; Single honours; Advanced major; General major: Minor; BAIS concentration

Run a program check with UM Achieve

Use the UM Achieve resource to determine if you're on track to meet your degree requirements or to understand what you need if you switch degree programs.

UM Achieve looks at the courses you have taken and determines what you still need to complete to meet the requirements of your program.

You can stay on track for your degree by using UM Achieve to run a degree audit and then meeting with an advisor. UM Achieve can also help you determine what courses you need to complete other degree options.

Not all Arts degrees, majors or minors are in UM Achieve, including BA Honours, any double majors or BA Integrated Studies. English and History have limited listings. If you do not see your program and have questions, please contact an Arts academic advisor.

Contact an Arts academic advisor

During COVID-19, please contact us with your academic advising questions by phone or email:

Phone: 204-474-9100 Email: arts_inquiry@umanitoba.ca

Be sure to include your first name and last name, UM student number and current phone number. Ensure your phone number matches your Aurora contact information. If it does not, please update Aurora before contacting us.

For more advising options, refer to UM-wide Academic advising.

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