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Our Faculty of Arts advising team can answer questions and provide support to current students. 

Bachelor of Arts degree requirements

The Bachelor of Arts program has five main requirements:

These apply to BA degrees and the BA portions of the BAS, BABSC, and BABCS programs.

Bachelor of Applied Arts

See specific requirements for the BAA degree.

For more detailed information on undergraduate Arts degrees, please review the academic calendar.

First-year diversity requirements

In the first 30 credit hours of your degree you will explore what the Faculty of Arts has to offer.

  • Arts 1000 or 1100 is a full year course that explores the development of Western thought and is central to the first year Arts experience (6ch or 9ch).
  • Diversity offers four categories to choose from: humanities, languages, social sciences, science. You will choose one subject each from three of the four categories and study it for the entire year (6 ch in each subject for a total of 18 ch).
    • HumanitiesClassics, comparative cultural studies, English, history, media arts and culture, philosophy
    • Social sciencesEconomics, anthropology, archaeology, political science, psychology, sociology
    • SciencesBiology, chemistry, earth science, computer science, physics, mathematics
    • LanguagesGerman, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Latin, Greek (Ancient), Mi’kmaq, Maliseet
  • Electives give you the opportunity to choose an additional two courses (one each term) from any category or you may choose from gender and women’s studies, international development studies, drama, and music courses. If you are taking Arts 1100, you only need to take one elective. You may not take more than 6 ch in any one subject.

Second-year diversity requirements

In the next 30 credit hours of your degree, you can begin to narrow your focus but you will also be encouraged to explore.

  • Diversity: You must take 6 ch in three different subjects and 3 ch in a fourth subject.
  • Electives: You may choose 9 ch of electives. These can include subjects taken as part of the diversity requirements; however, you may not take more than 12 ch in any one subject.


Every arts student needs a major (or a double-major) to graduate. Alternatively, you could pursue the same subject with an honours degree (or a joint honours degree). You may also choose to pursue a minor in a variety of subjects; however, you are not required to minor in a subject to graduate.
Students typically declare their majors in winter term of second year.

Upper-level credits

Undergraduate students will need 51 credit hours at the upper level. Upper level courses include 3000, 4000, and 5000 level courses. This total includes majors and honours requirements.

120 ch with a 2.0 cumulative GPA

While this can take four years (30 ch per year from five courses per term), the 120 credit hours can be completed at your own pace with a variety of fall, winter, summer and online classes. Many students complete in five or even six years in order to accommodate work and family commitments or for health considerations.

Degree assessments

A degree assessment is a report on your progress in your degree. It shows what you need to complete to satisfy the general arts requirements for your degree.

You may meet with your academic advisor to discuss your progress in the BA at anytime. You will also receive a BA degree assessment after completing 60 ch, typically between the end of your second year and the beginning of your third year, when you are choosing your honours/majors program.

When you have registered for all the courses required for graduation in your final year, you should send an email to requesting a final BA degree assessment if you have not received one. This is to ensure that you will meet the general BA requirements when you successfully complete all the courses.