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Online registration for first-year Faculty of Arts students

Starting June 1, 2022, you will receive guidance on how to register for your first year courses in Arts. Online registration is done at your own pace. It is accomplished in five steps:

  1. Watch our introductory video below.
  2. Read through your advising package in your UNB email and 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. If you have not received an advising package, please email to request one.
  3. Email your course selections to for approval. Your list should include the course numbers and the days and times the courses meet (e.g. HIST 1001, MWF at 9:30am). Please ensure you note all lecture and tutorial times as listed in the timetable. This step must be completed before you can register.
  4. Submit your selections through the online registration portal 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 & Bachelor of Applied Arts

In order to maximize your exploration of new ideas and subjects, you cannot take more than 6 credit hours in one subject in the first year of your program.

First year requirements:

  • Arts 1001 and 1002 OR Arts 1000
  • Diversity Requirements: 6 credit hours in one subject each from three of four categories (6 courses total)
  • Electives: 6 credit hours

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

First year Arts requirements:

  • Arts 1001 & 1002 OR Arts 1000
  • Diversity Requirements: 6 credit hours in either Languages, Social Sciences, or Humanities.

Arts 1001 and 1002

All first-year Arts students take 6 ch focused on core ideas and themes related to development of western thought (ARTS 1001 & 1002 OR ARTS 1000). Content typically covers themes that underpin study in Arts disciplines and will reinforce skills necessary to succeed in your program of study.

Diversity requirements

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

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


If you choose a humanities subject, you will take the same subject for the whole year.

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


If you choose the language category, you will take one language for the whole year (part 1 in Fall term and part 2 in Winter).

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


If you choose a science subject, you will take the same subject for the whole year.

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

Social Sciences

If you choose the social science category, you will take the same subject for the whole year.

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


BA and BAA students will choose 6 credit hours of electives – one course for the Fall term and once course for the Winter. These courses do not need to match. You can choose a subject from any of the categories above (as long as you have not already chosen that subject). Additionally, you may choose from this list:

  • Drama
  • Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS)
  • International Development Studies (IDS)
  • Music
  • Film

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 “3 credit hour” course (3ch) meets for three hours per week over the course of a semester. A “6 credit hour” course (6ch) meets three hours per week for the full academic year.

What’s the usual course load?

Most full-time students take 5 courses per term, which is worth 30 credit hours per academic year. Some take 4 courses per term to balance work and family commitments. Part-time students take 3 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? Email Our advisors are happy to help you along.

Step 1: Register for Arts 1001 and 1002

Our online advisor will provide more information on Arts 1001 and 1002 lecture and tutorials options during your advising process. 

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

The course timetable lists all courses offered at UNB. To narrow the results, select the appropriate term (Fall or Winter), academic level (undergraduate), subject, location (Fredericton). Special Time/Format should be left on the “classroom based” default setting. The timetable will indicate when each course is offered and provides a description (just click on the red course number). Make note of the days and times the courses you choose are offered, the section (for example, FR01A), and the 6 digit course ID number. You may choose from 1000 level courses and 2000 level courses that do not have pre-requisites.

Step 3: Organize your schedule

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

Submit course selection to Faculty of Arts

You won’t be able to register until your choices have been approved.

To have your choices approved email your list to
Note: Your list should include the course numbers and the days and times the courses meet (e.g. HIST 1001, MWF at 9:30am). Please ensure you note all lecture and tutorial times as listed in the timetable.

We’ll follow up within 3-5 business days to let you know if you need to make any corrections or if you’re ready to register.

Remember: Your course registration is not confirmed until you have received your confirmation and you have registered on myUNB.

To make sure that this process runs smoothly, use the following checklist:

  • BA/BAA
    • Have you registered for Arts 1001 & 1002?
    • Have you chosen 6ch in one subject from 3 of the 4 categories?
    • Have you chosen 6ch of electives?
    • Have you registered for Arts 1001 and 1002?
    • Have you chosen 6ch 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)


Once you have received an email confirming your choices, you can register through the myUNB portal with your UNB username and password. If you have not already activated your IT services, you'll need to do so now.

If you need help with the registration software, email Please provide as much detail as possible regarding your particular problem. A screenshot of the problem or error message is particularly useful.

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.