Degree Planning Guide





Use the "A.R.T.S." method to help design your Bachelor of Arts degree

"ASSESS" your academic strengths, interests and long term goals to help you select programs of study that align to your objectives and allow you to develop a skillset that is aligned to your intended career path.

“RESEARCH” your program options and understand your credit requirement.

“TEST” your plan to ensure that your program selection contains course material that meets your academic and career goals.

“SUPPORT” your efforts with available resources and opportunities. These activities will add value to your undergraduate degree and will help ensure your success.

“ARTS” Degree Planning Guide

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree integrates the Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages and a wide range of Interdisciplinary Studies into a coherent academic program. The Faculty of Arts programs are divided into concentrations to encourage flexibility, independence, and knowledge in a diversity of disciplines. Students may concentrate in one Arts discipline while obtaining Minor Concentrations in other Arts disciplines as well as in disciplines in a selection of other faculties. This provides students with an unprecedented opportunity to tailor a unique academic profile suited to their specific interests and career ambitions.

Planning your degree can seem overwhelming - but it doesn’t have to be. We have prepared a degree planning guide to assist you with this process.  We encourage you to begin by assessing your academic strengths and then researching the programs of study offered to assist you in choosing subjects and courses that really interest you and align to your objectives. Remember to set goals that are measureable and flexible so that your degree plan can be adjusted as your interests evolve.

McGill Arts graduates are valued for their ability to think critically and communicate effectively, often in more than one language. Their skills in research and analysis may be applied to a wide spectrum of professional fields, such as law, education, business, government, and public service.  As you plan your degree, strive to select programs and courses that will allow you to develop a skillset that is aligned to your intended career path.

Need assistance planning your degree? Visit with a Faculty Adviser from Arts OASIS during their drop-in advising hours to discuss:

  1. Selecting your program(s) of study
  2. Planning your course load
  3. Ways to support your academic abilities and goals

Faculty Advisers can assist you during the degree planning process and help you organize information in a meaningful way. They can also help you interpret complex policies, procedures and requirements that must be considered when planning your degree.