Bachelor of Arts
A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree integrates topics such as the humanities, social sciences, and languages into a coherent academic program. B.A. students spend their time investigating and appreciating connections across fields of study, and come to understand how we approach current issues today. A keen interest in how society works and how people express themselves is the perfect fit for a B.A. degree.
The programs of study available in the Faculty of Arts' multi-track degree system provide students with the opportunity to tailor a unique academic profile suited to their specific interests and career ambitions. The multi-track system requires students to study (at the Honours, major, or minor level) in at least 2 fields. Students who pursue the Honours program in their field write a thesis in their final year and graduate with a B.A. Honours.
Both students who are interested in traditional disciplines and those who are attracted to interdisciplinary work are equally at home in Arts. We look for students with superior academic ability whose social and cultural vigor promises to make a significant contribution to the University and to the McGill liberal arts tradition.
Bachelor of Arts and Science
In 2005, the Faculties of Arts and Science introduced the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. The B.A. & Sc. is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue a program that features both an Arts and a Science component. The B.A. & Sc. degree offers students whose academic interests lie in both faculties a program format that seamlessly integrates both components.
B.A. & Sc. students are required to take a 3-credit core course that addresses a series of topics that integrate both disciplines. The course introduces students to interdisciplinary topics that exemplify the benefits of applying scholarship from both Arts and Science to the same question or issue. The central objective of the B.A. & Sc. is to provide students with a broad education that includes in-depth study of disciplines in both faculties. This new degree gives students a unique opportunity to achieve a diverse knowledge base, learn different methods of scholarship, and hone intellectual flexibility.
The Future for an Arts Graduate
As employers continue to adjust to a global economy, graduates must be flexible, and be able to think and work across cultural and social contexts. They must be able to approach a question or issue from a variety of perspectives, respond effectively to new developments, and adapt to changing circumstances. A McGill B.A. degree encourages flexibility, independence, and knowledge in a diversity of disciplines and opens up a wide range of opportunities in many fields, particularly those that emphasize critical thinking. McGill liberal arts graduates are valued for their ability to think critically and to communicate effectively, often in several languages. The training they receive and the skills they acquire in research and analysis over the course of their undergraduate program and their ability to find innovative solutions are immediately applicable to a wide spectrum of undertakings. Many Arts graduates enter directly into careers. Others pursue post-graduate degrees in both traditional and interdisciplinary fields. Still others pursue professional degrees in fields such as business, law and medicine. Whichever option they have chosen, the success of McGill Arts graduates demonstrates the soundness of the academic foundations and learning experiences upon which they rest.