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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Academic Programs

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers BA degrees in the humanities and social sciences. You may choose any of these fields of study for your undergraduate degree:  

Humanities
Social Sciences

You will have the opportunity to take part in Co–operative education programs, available in the following fields: Actuarial Mathematics, Actuarial Mathematics/Finance, Anthropology, Economics, Journalism, Mathematics (Pure and Applied), Political Science, Sociology, Statistics, and Traduction (français/anglais et anglais/français).

 

Degree Requirements

The BA degree requires a minimum of 90 credits (or 120 credits in the Extended Credit Program if you graduated from a secondary school outside Quebec) of course work, consisting of at least one program of concentration:  

  • Honours (60 credits)
  • Specialization (60 credits)
  • Major (36-45 credits) 

You will make up the balance of your 90 (or 120) credit requirement with one or more Minors, one or more elective groups or by courses selected from a broad spectrum of disciplines. You may take a maximum of 36 credits outside the Faculty, and these should be spread evenly over your program.

In order to graduate in the BA degree, you must satisfy the General Education requirement. You must take six credits outside of your broad sector of study.

For further information, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar, section 31.004 General Education.

Honours

An honours program consists of 60 or more credits in a discipline with superior performance required to enter and remain in the program. Honours are highly concentrated programs that are primarily for those planning to pursue graduate studies. Honours programs often require the completion of an independent final project or thesis. 

Specialization

A specialization is a sequence of courses totalling 60 or more credits. The specialization provides in-depth study for those interested in a career in their chosen field, while still leaving a substantial number of credits to the individual’s choice. In a few cases it includes a performance requirement. In addition to courses in a particular discipline, the specialization may include courses in other related fields.

Major

The major is a sequence of courses totalling 36 or more credits. A major is a more general degree, applicable to many different careers, and allows for the greatest exploration outside of the chosen program.

Minor

A minor is a sequence of courses totalling 24 or more credits that provides a basic introduction to the methodology and key concepts of a discipline. You are not required to take a minor. Completion of one or more minors does not meet the requirements for a degree, but must be done in combination with a major, specialization or honours.

Extended Credit Program

If you are a graduate of a secondary school outside Quebec, then the Extended Credit Program (ECP) is designed for you. ECP requires you to complete 30 additional credits beyond the 90–credit (three–year) degree program. These credits are either elective courses or specific prerequisites in a discipline. 

Read more about degree lengths and the ECP.

Degree Program first year compulsory courses and electives:
  • All programs (except Mathematics and Psychology):  30 elective credits (maximum of 12 credits outside the Faculty of Arts and Science)
  • Mathematics:  9 credits in Mathematics (Calculus, Vectors and Matrices) and 21 elective credits (maximum of 12 credits outside the Faculty of Arts and Science)
  • Psychology:  3 credits in Mathematics, 6 credits in Psychology, 3 credits in Biology, 18 elective credits
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