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Arts programs

All Arts programs should be drawn up in consultation with the departmental Undergraduate Advisor or the Arts Academic Counsellor.

General Programs

  1. General Major Programs

    The University offers a General Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree upon successful completion of either a three-year General or four-year General program. A three-year General BA is offered in the following disciplines:

         Anthropology            Medieval Studies
         Canadian Studies	     Music
         Classical Studies	     Philosophy
         Drama	             Political Science
         Economics	             Psychology
         English	             Religious Studies
         Fine Arts	             Russian
         French	             Social Development
         Geography	               Studies
         German	             Sociology
         Greek	             Spanish
         History	             Speech Communication
         Latin	             Women's Studies

    Four-year General BA programs are also available in the following disciplines:

         Anthropology	     Philosophy
         Classical Studies	     Political Science
         Drama	             Psychology
         Economics	             Religious Studies
         English	             Social Development
         Fine Arts	               Studies
         French	             Sociology
         History	             Spanish
         Music	             Speech Communication

    There are no double majors in General programs. Minors are not allowed in three-year General programs but may be taken with four-year General programs.


  2. General Non-Major Programs

    Students with interests in a variety of disciplines may choose an individualized program rather than major in a single discipline. Any standard first-year Arts program will satisfy the needs of a student contemplating a General Arts (Non-major) program. A Non-major General Arts program must be arranged through the Arts Faculty Undergraduate Office.


Honours Programs

  1. Honours Regular Programs

    An Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is offered by the University in the following disciplines:

         Anthropology	     Medieval Studies
         Classical Studies	     Music
         Drama	             Philosophy
         Economics	             Political Science
         English	             Psychology
         Fine Arts	             Religious Studies
         French	             Russian
         Geography	             Slavic Studies
         German	             Social Development
         History	               Studies
         Latin	             Sociology

    Almost any two Honours programs may be combined or one Arts Honours program may be combined with a number of Honours programs offered in other faculties for a Joint Honours degree. Joint Honours programs other than those already listed under each department may be arranged by consultation with the appropriate department advisors. The Undergraduate Advisors of both departments should be consulted for any Joint Honours program. Descriptions of the single Honours programs and each discipline's requirements for Joint Honours programs can be found the sections under the specific programs.


  2. Co-operative Programs

    A Co-operative program is an Honours program that allows the student to integrate work experience with an academic program. (For a detailed description of the Co-operative Plan, see "Co-operative Education and Career Services") Beginning in the first or second year, the Co-op student ordinarily alternates four-month terms on campus for academic studies with four months off campus for practical experience in business, industry, or government.

    Students in Co-operative programs are required to complete a minimum of four work terms beyond the 2A level in order to be eligible to receive a Co-op designation at the time of graduation.

    The following Co-operative programs are now offered:

    Applied Studies Co-op (See Note below)
    Co-op Honours Anthropology
    Co-op Honours Applied Economics
    Co-op Honours Chartered Accountancy Studies
    Co-op Honours English - Literature
    Co-op Honours English - Rhetoric and Professional Writing
    Co-op Honours French Teaching Specialization
    Co-op Honours Management Accountancy Studies
    Co-op Honours Political Science
    Co-op Honours Political Science (Administrative Studies)
    Co-op Honours Psychology
    Co-op Honours Sociology

    Co-operative programs are open only to full-time students who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

    The Applied Studies Co-operative Program combines an Honours program in most disciplines in Arts with Applied Studies courses. The Applied Studies courses are intended to provide the student with a basic and practical general education and with skills appropriate to a wide range of careers. With the approval of the department, Honours programs in Arts may be combined with the Applied Studies courses for this Co-operative program. See the sections under the specific programs for details.


Minor Programs

Students enrolled in Honours programs or four-year General Major programs in Arts or Honours programs in other faculties may elect a Minor in an Arts discipline. A Minor program in Arts requires the successful completion of ten term courses in the Minor discipline with an overall cumulative average of 65% in those courses. Students should consult with departmental Undergraduate Advisors for details of more specific requirements.

A Minor is available in Italian, although there is no Major program in that discipline.


Interdisciplinary Programs

Students in a General Non-major program and in many Honours programs within Arts may choose an Interdisciplinary Option or Minor which will be designated on the diploma and transcript. Students in some General programs may choose one of several available Options.

Interdisciplinary Programs Administered by the Faculty of Arts

Speech Communication (see Drama and Speech Communication)
Management Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Personnel Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Environmental Economics (see Interdisciplinary Programs)

Other Interdisciplinary Programs

Canadian Studies
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Legal Studies
Liberal Science
Middle East Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies
Print Journalism
Russian and East European Studies
Society, Technology and Values
Studies in the French Language
Studies in Personality and Religion
Studies in Sexuality, Marriage and the Family
Women's Studies


  1. Normally a student may not double-count any course for more than one Option or Minor.
  2. Students who intend to have an Interdisciplinary Option recognized on their transcripts must communicate that intention to the director of that program by the start of Year Three.


Pre-Registration Deadline (On-Campus Programs)

All Arts students must preregister no later than April 1 for the Spring term, August 1 for the Fall term and December 1 for the Winter term. The Faculty of Arts strongly recommends that returning students preregister during the official preregistration periods for each term to maximize their chances of obtaining access to limited enrolment courses. These periods include early November (Spring term), early March (Fall/Winter terms) and mid-June (Winter term).


Selection of Year One Programs

The first year in Arts is usually an exploratory year during which students take courses in a wide range of subjects leading to the declaration of a General or Honours program and choice of a major. Year One students in Arts are usually classified in an Honours Arts program. Students admitted to Social Development Studies (Regular) declare General or Honours following a highly specified Year One program. Students admitted to Arts Co-op Applied Studies choose their Honours major on the basis of their first-year program. Several courses in first-year Applied Studies are required by the program. Students admitted to Accountancy Studies Co-op take a number of courses specified by their Honours major.

The Faculty of Arts recommends that its students take at least one course in mathematics and/or science.


  1. From time to time, due to space limitations, students admitted to the University or continuing students in good standing, cannot be granted course and program selections of their choice.
  2. Each student's program must be approved on or before registration date by a faculty advisor from the Faculty of Arts.
  3. Students interested in Social Development Studies should consult the Undergraduate Officer at Renison College before selecting a Year One program.


Courses And Program Changes

  1. Changes in courses or programs must be submitted for approval to the appropriate Undergraduate Officer.
  2. Courses may be added during the first two weeks of the term in which they begin only with the signature of the Undergraduate Officer of the student's major department. Courses may be dropped during the first three weeks of the term in which they begin and do not require the approval of the Undergraduate Officer.
  3. After these specified periods, courses will be added or dropped only with the permission of the Examinations and Standings Committee. The student is expected to submit a petition and to supply supporting documentation.
  4. Courses offered during the Summer Session may be added or dropped during the first three days in which the course begins only with the signature of the Undergraduate Officer of the student's major department, and thereafter only with the permission of the Examinations and Standings Committee.
  5. A course that has not been dropped officially (i.e., recorded in the Registrar's Office) will be graded and counted in the student's average.

It is important that students settle their schedule of courses as quickly as possible. Students usually find that courses they add late in the second week of classes pose special problems in catching up with the work already covered.

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