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Liberal Arts (BA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Liberal Arts?

A liberal arts education equips you for life. The Liberal Arts College teaches you to think critically, enhance your communication skills, and become a more resourceful, innovative and self-confident person.

You’ll join a small community of scholars to study great works in carefully constructed seminars. We aim to foster an intimate intellectual community by providing a rich student experience with activities, projects and trips.

You’ll attend coffee hours as well as formal dinners; be invited to put on talent shows, publish a journal of academic and creative work, attend galleries and concerts in Montreal as part of your classroom activities; and travel to New York City to visit museums.

The Major in Liberal Arts is designed so you may pursue our honours program. It can also be easily combined with another arts or science major. We guarantee this program will challenge your worldview and provoke critical reflection on where you stand.

Program highlights

  • This program features a rich student experience, including a trip to New York City, regular coffee hours, an annual talent show and theme weekend, theatre production, a literary journal and more. Read the story

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three to four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Honours in Liberal Arts* (60 credits)
  • Major in Liberal Arts (42 credits)
  • Minor in Liberal Arts (30 credits)

*Admission is to the major. Students may apply for a transfer to honours after completing 24 program credits.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

  • Interview
  • Statement of Purpose

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of academic careers in teaching and research and have won scholarships for graduate study at the world’s most prestigious universities. Our program also opens up many career paths in art, law, politics, the media, humanitarian work, entrepreneurship and culture, including:

  • Education
  • Writing
  • Advertising
  • Business communications
  • Publishing

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