Your program will enable you to develop your ability to think and write critically while exploring the past, present, and future of society. You will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the diversity and importance of the languages, art, works of literature, music, and religions of the world. You can also choose to delve into relevant issues and themes including law, gender, national identity, and technology. Many programs also explore the nature and influence of human behavior. Our Music and Dance programs engage you in artistic development, creative expression, and scholarly discipline.
The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered as either a B.A. or B.A. (Honours), both requiring the completion of 20.0 full-course equivalents (120 credits) and normally four years of full-time study.
Your Faculty and Major
Studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree means that you are a student in the Faculty of Arts.
The major that you choose refers to the subject area you’d like your Bachelor of Arts degree to focus on (e.g. Bachelor of Arts, major in History). This is something that you will have indicated when you applied for admission.
Haven’t decided on a major?
You should take courses from a number of different areas to see where you’d like to focus your studies. The courses on this list will help you choose courses for first-year registration. You’re not required to declare your major until the end of your second full-time year, but keep in mind that it’s best to decide as soon as possible so that you don’t end up having to take extra courses to complete your program. Also, remember that you may not be able to register in some courses unless you are admitted to that major.
Enhance your Bachelor of Arts Program
Co-op and Internship: Get a head start on your career through our co-operative education and internship opportunities. You will gain valuable work experience in your industry—all before you graduate.
International Study Opportunities: Experience different cultures, gain a better understanding of world issues, and travel around the globe, all while earning credit towards your degree. The University of Calgary offers exchanges and study abroad programs in 61 different countries.
Community Service-Learning: Combine your classroom learning with volunteer work that achieves community goals, and see first-hand how your academic learning relates to social issues.
Co-Curricular Record: The first of its kind in Western Canada, have your out-of-classroom experiences such as volunteer work, leadership training, and club involvement documented on an official record.
Arts and Science Honours Academy: Be part of a unique program that combines collaborative study, global opportunities, and academic challenge. The ASHA program brings together 25 like-minded high achieving students to learn and study in six distinct scholars courses. As an Arts and Science Honours Academy student, you will be one of a class of the best and brightest at the University of Calgary.
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