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As a Freshman Program student (U0 year) you will be using the web to have your course selection approved by a Faculty adviser in Arts OASIS. You will not have a departmental academic adviser until your second year (U1 year). You are, however, encouraged to contact departmental academic advisers if you have specific questions about prerequisites or about the requirements of the program(s) you are considering.

Reminder: You cannot use the S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) option for the core courses of the B.A. Freshman Program. You also cannot use the S/U option for courses which are required for admission to professional programs such as medical school or for courses which you intend to use toward your programs next year at the departmental level.

If this is the first time you are studying in English, we strongly recommend that you take only 4 courses (12 credits) during your first term and that, as one of these, you consider taking an English as a Second Language course. If you discover that 4 courses are quite manageable, you may wish to take 5 courses during the second term.

If you would like to improve your writing skills, you should consider taking Effective Communication EDEC 202, listed in the Faculty of Education section of the Calendar, or the Fundamentals of Academic Writing EAPR 250, listed under English for Academic Purposes in the Faculty of Arts section of the eCalendar. You may take a maximum of 6 credits of these courses and Effective Communication may not be taken for credit after the Academic Writing courses.

As the B.A. Freshman Program is intended to provide you with a broad foundation for a three-year degree program, you should take this opportunity and select courses in a variety of disciplines, keeping in mind the guidelines outlined for the B.A. Freshman Program. Don't limit yourself to only one or two disciplines; explore and keep your options open. You may be surprised to find out that you have other interests. You may even discover an area of study you had never considered before, or you may learn that you are not as keen on a particular area as you had previously thought.

Courses which are chosen as part of your B.A. Freshman Program may also count towards your intended departmental program. For example, it may be possible to count a Political Science course taken this year towards the Major Concentration, Minor Concentration or Honours program in Political Science.

Note: Advanced standing credits may exempt you from part or all of the freshman program requirements. For example, if you passed the Art History AP (6 credits) with a grade of 4 or higher, you will have fulfilled the Humanities category of the B.A. freshman program. For further information about advanced standing credits, please read Advanced Standing Credits.

Five points to keep in mind when selecting courses for
Option 1:

  1. a minimum of 3 of the 4 categories must be completed,
  2. to fulfil a category, a minimum of 6 credits must be completed in that category,
  3. a maximum of 18 credits in any one category, and 12 credits per department is permitted,
  4. courses must be selected from the list of Approved courses for the B.A. Freshman Program,
  5. you must not register for courses which are scheduled to meet at the same time.

Four points to keep in mind when selecting courses for
Option 2:

  1. contact the French Language and Literature department or French as a Second Language department for placement tests, and departmental approval when you arrive in Montreal,
  2. a minimum of 18 credits conducted in French is required for this option,
  3. remaining elective courses must be selected from the list of Approved courses for the B.A. Freshman Program,
  4. you must not register for courses which are scheduled to meet at the same time.