As the only college or faculty at a Canadian university to offer courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts, our students enjoy unparalleled academic options.
Our focus on unique, modern and interdisciplinary programming allows students to gain in-depth perspectives of their world on their terms.
Four-year programs are the most common undergraduate degrees and may be completed in four years.
Three-Year Programs may be completed in three years. These degrees are not recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies (Masters or PhD level degrees); however, they can be a good option to complement a professional degree.
Students intending to apply to a non-direct entry professional program, such as law or nutrition, often find these degrees a good fit as they complete their pre-professional years.
Honours programs are intended for students who wish for more intensive training and who are able to meet the cumulative weighted average (CWA) requirements. These programs may be completed in four years.
They are especially suitable for those who plan to proceed to graduate study (Masters or PhD level degrees). Applications for admission to honours programs are not considered until the student has successfully completed at least 60 credit units (usually two years) with a CWA of at least 70% overall and in the subject of the honours program.
Your major is the subject area you choose to specialize in. It is also the subject discipline where you will take a significant number of courses. Students often choose their major after their first year of study.
Our courses in the fine arts prepare students for a range of rewarding and creative careers. Music students can supplement their education with membership in ensembles and touring groups, such as the nationally acclaimed Greystone Singers. Drama students learn to design stage sets and costumes, and combine many performance opportunities with theoretical instruction and writing workshops.
Those majoring in Art and Art History can specialize in one of several areas of study, each of which gives students a genuine idea of what an artist is and does. If you envision a career in music, drama or art, we can help you make it happen.
Fine Arts Majors
The humanities include several disciplines that focus on culture and the human condition. Our courses in language, history, philosophy and religion help students improve their writing and analytical skills, and encourage them to examine the forces behind an array of events and issues—both past and present.
In today’s increasingly globalized workforce, employers are looking for individuals able to think critically and adapt to changing environments. We prepare students to do precisely that.
The social sciences examine how societies function. If you’re interested in sustainability, curious about human behaviour, intrigued by the structure of cities or want to analyze systems of government, our courses in the social sciences are an excellent place to start. In addition to quality classroom instruction, our students can also take advantage of many research and study abroad opportunities, all of which will give you a leg up on the competition when it comes time to enter the workforce or move on to graduate studies.
Social Sciences Majors
Involving students in hands-on research is one of our college’s main objectives, and science majors benefit from many of these opportunities. Our students receive significant instruction in state-of-the-art labs and other innovative facilities, such as the Canadian Light Source—Canada’s only synchrotron—and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). Our grads have gone on to become everything from doctors and marine biologists to Hollywood animators and CEOs of research organizations. Whatever you aspire to achieve in the vast realm of science, we will help you get there.
Arts and Science
The Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) degrees are distinct degrees combining the science disciplines with studies in the humanities, social sciences, and/or fine arts. These unique and highly completive interdisciplinary programs are focused in areas of high demand and allow students to make connections needed to succeed in these areas. These programs are truly inter- and multi-disciplinary.
Arts and Science Majors
Minor and Recognition Programs
With college approval, students can consider completing a minor at the same time as their degree. Completion of a minor is optional, but can add knowledge in a specific area for the student. A minor or recognition must be completed in conjunction with a major in a different subject or an interdisciplinary program, and must be completed at the time of graduation.
Minors that are not offered as Majors:
- Canadian Literature in English
- Catholic Studies
- Crime, Law and Justice Studies
- Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good
- Jewish and Christian Origins
- Philosophy, Science and Technology
- Ukrainian Studies*
- Water Science
The Course and Program Catalogue has the full listing of required classes and their descriptions for minors and recognitions.
Minors that are also offered as majors:
- Applied Mathematics
- Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Computer Science
- Indigenous Studies
- Political Studies
- Religion and Culture
- Studio Art
- Women's and Gender Studies
* Recognition in a Language is available in French, German, Spanish and Ukrainian upon completion of specified number of courses.
Certificate of Proficiency
Certificates are stand-alone programs and most can be completed in conjunction with a degree or on their own. A Certificate of Proficiency signifies the completion of specific degree-level courses and signifies achievement of proficiency in a specific area of study.
The College of Arts and Science offers several Certificate of Proficiency programs: