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Choosing a major or honours program

To graduate, you must have at least one major or honours program. Students are not required to have a minor but can elect to complete one if they wish.

Students typically start declaring their program choices at the end of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of study). If you think you know what subject(s) you would like to specialize in, you can contact the departmental or program advisor sooner to discuss your program options.

All program of study decisions should be made in consultation with the appropriate department or program advisor. It is the responsibility of students to declare their program with the department(s) concerned.

How to declare your program

  1. Discuss your plans with your arts academic advisor and departmental advisor(s). You are encouraged to discuss your interests with academic and departmental advisors at any time during your degree but must do so once you have completed 60 credit hours of study.
  2. Once you have made your decision, email your department or program advisor indicating you would like to declare your major, minor or apply for an honours program.

Honours programs

Honours programs are designed for students with a high level of ability who wish to undertake intensive study of one or two subjects, especially in preparation for graduate school. Most honours programs require an application to the department. You can discuss your options for honouring a subject with the department or program advisor.


Normally, you declare a minor on or before registration for the final year. You should consult with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements for the minor as well as its relation to your program of study. Unlike majors or honours, minor(s) do not show up on your transcript until your application for graduation is received. When you fill in your application to graduate, make sure to declare your minor or else it may not show up on your transcript.

UNB degrees

Please refer to the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for more information on:

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda McNutt ( .