Program Selection

BA Program Options

Students who need 96 or fewer credits to complete their B.A. degree requirements (3-year degree) must select a program at the time of registration. Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree can choose to complete the Multi-track system, an Honours program, Joint Honours programs, or a Faculty program.

  • The Multi-track system recognizes the diversity of student backgrounds and interests and the multiple routes to understanding provided by a modern university. The multi-track system includes a major concentration complemented by a second major concentration or by one or two minor concentrations.
  • Honours programs demand a high degree of specialisation, and require students to satisfy specific departmental and Faculty requirements while maintaining a good academic standing. They are designed to prepare students for graduate study within a specific discipline. NOTE: Honours program students must also complete a minor concentration in a different academic discipline.
  • Joint Honours programs allow students who wish to study at the Honours level in two disciplines to combine Joint Honours components from any two Arts disciplines.
  • Faculty programs are approved selections of courses constituting a concentration in an intellectually coherent and inter-faculty field of studies.

Selecting Your Programs

Students selecting a program should choose an area that fits their general academic interests and background. The bachelor's degree is intended to serve as a general preliminary step in the pursuit of major career goals. Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree follow a multi-track program permitting them to register in at least two and as many as four different Major and Minor Concentrations. This allows them to select courses from a variety of areas in their first year, from where they will able to narrow their choice later on.

The Degree Planning Guide can help you select your programs of study! 

It is important that students become familiar with the academic regulations of the Faculty of Arts. An intended course plan may not be feasible if it requires the completion of too many credits from other faculties, or if it is not listed in the calendar. 

It is possible to change programs if necessary, provided that there has been consultation with the appropriate academic advisers!

Still unsure?

Undecided students should consider their basic strengths and weaknesses when considering the following:

  • preferred subjects
  • the departmental programs which include them
  • whether they have previously completed courses in these disciplines
  • programs which contain more than one of these subjects
  • whether one program stands out above all others
  • whether an Honours or a Faculty program is a viable option
  • whether there is room for electives
  • whether programs are related to vocational or personal interests
  • academic and career goals and whether there are certain academic prerequisites that must be completed to pursue them
  • the intention to develop certain skills (analytical reasoning, writing, verbal communication, teamwork, independent work, laboratory research, computer skills, etc.)
  • program requirements which may focus on weak points (e.g.: an Arts student considering a program requiring statistics if a student is not strong in math, etc.)

Students who are still unsure about their program choice should consider consulting the Degree Planning section of this website. Alternatively, you can consult the following resources: