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Online registration for first-year Faculty of Arts students

Starting in the spring, you will receive guidance on how to register for your first-year courses. Online registration is done at your own pace. It is accomplished in five steps:

  1. Watch our introductory video below.
  2. Read through the descriptions below to choose the subjects and courses that are right for you and create a timetable. For course descriptions, see the online timetable in Student Planning and Registration on
  3. Email your course selections to for review. If you have planned all of your courses out on your schedule, the advisor can review them there. If you prefer to write out the courses you want to take in an email, that's fine too!
  4. Once you're confident with your selections, register for them through Student Planning and Registration in Colleague Self Service.
  5. Check your timetable through Colleague Self-Service to ensure successful registration.

Questions? Email

First-year requirements by program

Faculty of Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Applied Arts degrees (BAA), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS), as well as concurrent degree programs with Science and Computer Science (BABSc, or BABCS).

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Applied Arts

To maximize your exploration of new ideas and subjects, you cannot take more than six credit hours in one subject in the first year of your program.

First-year requirements:

  • ARTS 1013 or ARTS 1014 and ARTS 1023 OR ARTS 1024
  • Diversity Requirements: Six credit hours in one subject each from three of four categories (six courses total)
  • Electives: Six credit hours

Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS) and Concurrent Degrees (BABSc and BABCS)

First-year Arts requirements:

  • ARTS 1013 or ARTS 1014 and ARTS 1023 OR ARTS 1024
  • Diversity Requirements: Six credit hours in either Languages, Social Sciences or Humanities.

ARTS 1013, ARTS 1014 ARTS 1023 & ARTS 1024

All first-year Arts students take six credit hours focused on core ideas and themes related to the themes of justice (ARTS 1013), understanding data (ARTS 1014), climate and environment (ARTS 1023) and humanities and ideas (ARTS 1024).

Diversity requirements

BA and BAA students choose three subjects – one from each of three of the following categories: Humanities, Languages, Sciences and Social Sciences.

BAS, BABSc, and BABCS students choose one subject from one of the following categories: Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences.


  • Classics
  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Drama
  • English
  • Film
  • History
  • Media Arts and Cultures
  • Music
  • Philosophy


  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek (Ancient or Modern)
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mi’kmaq (listed under Aboriginal Studies)
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics
  • Math
  • Psychology

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Gender and Womens Studies
  • International Development Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


BA and BAA students will choose six credit hours of electives – one course for the Fall term and one course for the Winter. These courses do not need to match. You can choose a subject from any of the categories. ARTS 1003 and ARTS 1004 are available as electives.

What’s a credit hour?

A credit hour is the unit of measuring course credit and is based on the number of classroom hours in a week. A “three credit hour” course (3 ch) meets for three hours per week over the course of a semester. A “six credit hour” course (6 ch) meets three hours per week for the full academic year.

What’s the usual course load?

Most full-time students take five courses per term, which is worth 30 credit hours per academic year. Some take four courses per term to balance work and family commitments. Part-time students take three courses or fewer per term.

Choosing your courses

How do you know what courses are right for you? What courses will help you achieve your goals and make meaningful contributions? Our advisors are happy to help you along.

Step 1: Register for ARTS 1013 or ARTS 1014 and ARTS1023 or ARTS 1024

Our online advisor will provide more information on these courses and tutorial options during your advising process.

Step 2: Choose the courses to satisfy the diversity requirements and fill the elective spots.

The Student Planning and Registration system lists all courses offered at UNB. To narrow the results, select the appropriate term (Fall or Winter), academic level (undergraduate), subject, and location (Fredericton). The timetable will indicate when each course is offered and provides a description. You may choose from 1000 level courses and 2000 level courses that do not have prerequisites. As you plan and register for courses, the software will plot them on your schedule.

Once you have an idea of which courses you want to take, use these helpful forms to organize your schedule:

Distribution checklist

  • BA/BAA
    • Have you registered for ARTS 1013 or ARTS 1014 and ARTS 1023 or ARTS 1024?
    • Have you chosen 6 ch from three of the four categories?
    • Have you chosen 6 ch of electives?
    • Have you registered for ARTS 1013 or ARTS 1014 and ARTS 1023 or ARTS 1024?
    • Have you chosen 6 ch in one subject from Humanities, Languages or Social Sciences?
  • All
    • Are your courses 1000 or 2000 level?
    • Have you written down the times for all tutorials?
    • Have you collected all of the information you need? (Course times, ID numbers, section codes).
    • Do any of your course times overlap? (If they do, you will need to move something).


You will register through the myUNB portal with your UNB username and password. If you have not already activated your IT services, you will need to do so before you can use these tools.

If you need help with the registration software, email Please provide as much detail as possible regarding your problem. A screenshot of the problem or error message can help the advising team understand your problem.

Verify registration: Check your class schedule (in the myUNB portal Launch Menu) for the third week of September to make sure that you’ve successfully registered for all of your courses.