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Faculty of Arts

Program opened for admission for January 2015: B.A.

 

 

Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS)

Tel.: 514-398-1029
Email: newstudentadvising [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca
www.mcgill.ca/oasis/

 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Four-Year (U0) Students (97-120 credits)

Discover McGill
New Student Orientation Session for Arts students:

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Location:
Attend Discover McGill Orientation, Shatner University Center, 3480 McTavish Street

The normal course load in the B.A. is 12 to 15 credits per term.

Course selection and approval

Consult the Arts Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS) website at www.mcgill.ca/oasis (follow the links for newly admitted U0 students). Read all the information on the Bachelor of Arts Freshman Program. Consult the Calendar at www.mcgill.ca/study and, with the information you learned from the websites, select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms.

The Arts Freshman Program

All students who require 97-120 credits to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree will register in the Arts Freshman Program in their first (U0) year. Freshman Program students must select one of the following options:

Option 1: “General”

In Option 1, “General”, you develop your own program of study using courses from the various areas available in Arts. This option includes a core requirement of 6 credits in each of 3 of the 4 categories: Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, and Mathematics & Science. A maximum of 18 credits may be chosen from any one category, but no more than 12 credits may be taken in one department.

I. Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography*, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Studies of Medicine, Social Work, and Women’s Studies.

II. Humanities: Art History & Communications Studies, English, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies, as well as Literature and Civilization courses only from the following departments and programs: Classics, East Asian Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, and Russian Studies.

III. Languages: Classics (Latin, Ancient Greek or Modern Greek), East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), English or French as a Second Language, French Language & Literature, German Studies, Hispanic Studies (Portuguese, Spanish), Islamic Studies (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu), Italian Studies, Jewish Studies (Hebrew, Yiddish), Religious Studies (New Testament Greek, Sanskrit), Russian & Slavic Studies (Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Armenian, Czech).

Note: In this category, you may take courses to acquire or to improve your language skills. Literature and civilization courses offered by these departments count as Humanities, not Language courses. A placement test may be necessary and approval from the appropriate department may be required.

IV. Mathematics and Science: Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Geography*, Math & Statistics, Physiology, Psychiatry, Psychological Statistics, and Physics.

*Some Geography courses are Social Science courses while others fall into the Mathematics/Science category. Consult the Arts OASIS website for the lists of Geography courses in each category.

Option 2: “En Français”
Option 2 includes a core requirement of 18 credits of courses conducted in French. These credits may be comprised wholly of language courses, wholly of substantive content courses conducted in French, or a combination of the two. You may be required to take a proficiency test. Depending on your level of proficiency, you may include a maximum of 12 credits of intensive French language courses (that is, 6-credit term courses). If you are at the introductory level, you must take at least 6 credits in French in your Freshman (U0) year, but you may be permitted to complete the remaining core requirement credits in your U1 year.

The remainder of your credits must be comprised of courses approved for the General Option.

To add or change your program
Students cannot change from an Arts Freshman program (97 or more credits) but may change options within the Arts Freshman program on the Minerva registration menu.

Students cannot use Minerva to change degree, or to select a program in another faculty or school.

Course change
Consult the Arts OASIS website at www.mcgill.ca/oasis/ (follow the links for newly admitted U0 students). Read the information about how to obtain a Faculty adviser’s approval when making course changes. After receiving approval for the changes, access Minerva and make the changes to your record.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Three-Year (U1) Students (96 credits or less)

Discover McGill
New Student Orientation Session for Arts students:

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Location:
Attend Discover McGill Orientation, Shatner University Center, 3480 McTavish Street

The normal course load in the B.A. is 12 to 15 credits per term.

Course selection and approval

Consult the Arts OASIS website at www.mcgill.ca/oasis/ (follow the links for newly admitted U1 students). Read all the information for the Bachelor of Arts departmental students. Consult the Calendar at www.mcgill.ca/study and read all the information on the departmental courses you intend to take. With all of the above information, select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms.

Advising

You must consult a departmental academic adviser responsible for your program before you register or during the first week of classes. This also applies if you have been accepted as an Exchange, Special or Visiting student or into the Diploma in Environment program. Please refer to: www.mcgill.ca/oasis/. The departmental academic adviser will review your course selection and approve them if possible.

Use Minerva to make any resulting changes to the courses for which you have registered.

Course change

Academic advisers in the departments will be available to approve changes to the courses that you have selected. After receiving approval for these changes, access Minerva and make the changes to your record.

To add or change your program
Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts may add or change a program within their faculty using Minerva.

Students may change major or minor concentrations or faculty programs. Certain restrictions may apply. Students may also change from a Bachelor of Arts program to a Bachelor of Arts Honours program.

Prior to making any changes, students should see the appropriate departmental academic adviser(s) for approval.

Students cannot use Minerva to change degree, or to select a program in another faculty or school.


Special, Visiting and Exchange Students

All new international students should refer to the information offered by International Student Services at www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents.

Discover McGill
New Student Orientation Session for Arts students:

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: Attend Discover McGill Orientation, Shatner University Center, 3480 McTavish Street

Course selection and approval

Consult the Arts OASIS website at www.mcgill.ca/oasis (follow the links for special, visiting and exchange students). Read all the information for Special, Visiting and Exchange students. Consult the Calendar at www.mcgill.ca/study and read all the information on the departmental courses you intend to take. With all of the above information, select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms.

Advising

You must consult a departmental academic adviser responsible for your program before you register or during the first week of classes. This also applies if you have been accepted as an Exchange, Special or Visiting student or into the Diploma in Environment program. Please refer to: www.mcgill.ca/oasis/. The departmental academic adviser will review your course selection and approve them if possible.

Use Minerva to make any resulting changes to the courses for which you have registered.

All students must consult the Arts OASIS website at www.mcgill.ca/oasis/ (follow the links for newly admitted students). Read the information on advising.

All students in the Arts Freshman Program must obtain approval for their course selections.

When you meet with the departmental adviser you should bring detailed information about relevant courses you have taken at other universities.

Course change

Academic advisers in the departments will be available to approve changes to the courses that you have selected. After receiving approval for these changes, access Minerva and make the changes to your record.

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