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About Program Requirements

About Program Requirements for Bachelor of Arts

If you need 97 or more credits to complete your degree requirements (4-year degree), you are automatically registered in the Freshman program and are expected to select one of the Freshman program concentrations from the Registration Menu on Minerva. For more information, refer to www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

If you need 96 or fewer credits to complete your B.A. degree requirements (3-year degree), you must select a program at the time of registration. You may select the Multi-track system, Honours program, Joint Honours program, or Faculty program. For more information, please refer to the appropriate department: www.mcgill.ca/arts/departments. If you are unsure of which program to select, contact a faculty adviser in Arts OASIS.

Freshman Program (Overview)

Bachelor of Arts Freshman Program

If you need 97-120 credits to complete your degree requirements, you must first complete the Freshman program, which is designed to provide a basic foundation prior to selecting a departmental program the following year. You may select one of the following Freshman program options on Minerva:

  • General Option
  • French Option

For further details, refer to the Arts Freshman information at www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Freshman Program - General (30 credits)

The Bachelor of Arts Freshman Program is designed to ensure that students gain a broad foundation for the three-year degree program. It is comprised of 24-30 credits. In the General option, students develop their own program of study using courses from the social sciences, humanities, languages, and/or math and sciences. This 30-credit option has a core ...

For more information, see Freshman Program - General (30 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – Freshman Program – French (30 credits)

Revision, August 2011. Start of revision. The Bachelor of Arts Freshman Program is designed to ensure that students gain a broad foundation for the three-year degree program. It is comprised of 24-30 credits in one of two program options. In the "En français" or French option, students choose up to 18 credits from a variety of courses conducted in French. These ...

For more information, see Freshman Program - French (30 credits).

Departmental Programs

Departmental Programs for Bachelor of Arts

If you need 96 or fewer credits to complete your degree requirements you are required to have an approved program (Multi-track, Honours, Faculty), and to select your courses in each term with a view to timely completion of your degree and program requirements. No course may fulfil the requirements for more than one program or concentration requirement. You must complete one of the following program streams:

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Multi-Track System

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Multi-Track System

To recognize the diversity of student backgrounds and interests and the multiple routes to understanding provided by a modern university, the Faculty of Arts offers a 90-credit multi-track system that includes a major concentration complemented by at least a minor concentration and that may be completed in one of the following ways:

Options
A Major Concentration (36) + Minor Concentration (18) + 36 credits of electives
B Major Concentration (36) + Major Concentration (36) + 18 credits of electives
C Major Concentration (36) + Minor Concentration (18) + Minor Concentration (18) + 18 credits of electives
Regulations
  • Within option A and option B, all Concentrations must be in different academic units. (If you are completing a second degree in the Faculty of Arts, this regulation is waived.)
  • Within option C, one of the Minor Concentrations may be in the same unit as the Major Concentration. If you pursue a same-unit Minor Concentration, you will substitute additional complementary (non-required) courses to a total of 18 credits for any courses completed as a part of your Major Concentration within that unit.
  • You will include within the 36 or 18 credits of your Major or Minor Concentration any university-level (200 or above) prerequisites to required courses within their Concentrations.
Definitions
  • Units: academic departments or administrative equivalents.
  • Programs: lists of required and complementary courses (including prerequisites for required courses) prepared and maintained by units.
  • Major Concentration: a program of 36 credits taken from a unit's course offerings.
  • Minor Concentration: a program of 18 credits taken from a unit's course offerings. Expandable Minor Concentrations are those which can, on the completion of 18 additional approved credits, be expanded into a Major Concentration within the appropriate unit.

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Honours Program

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Honours Program

Honours programs demand a high degree of specialization, and require you to satisfy specific departmental and Faculty Honours requirements while maintaining a good academic standing. They are designed to prepare you for graduate study.

Regulations
  • To be registered in an Honours program after the first year, you must have attained a GPA and CGPA of at least 3.00 in the previous year, unless you have special permission from the department and the Associate Dean (Student Affairs).
  • To complete an Honours degree, you must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.00. The program GPA (the GPA of all required and complementary courses taken at McGill which constitute the Honours program) must be a minimum of 3.00, although academic units may set higher requirements for their program GPA.
  • In addition to the completion of the Honours requirements, you must complete at least a minor concentration in an academic unit other than the one in which the Honours requirements are satisfied. (If you complete a second degree in the Faculty of Arts, you do not need to complete a minor.)

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Joint Honours Program

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Joint Honours Program

If you want to study at the Honours level in two disciplines, you can combine Joint Honours program components from any two Arts disciplines; see Joint Honours Programs for a list of available programs. Each Joint Honours component consists of a maximum of 36 required and complementary credits (not including program prerequisites). In cases where a minimum of 24 credits are in courses normally restricted to Honours students, the total of required and complementary credits may be as few as 30.

To complete a Joint Honours degree, you must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.00. The program GPA (the GPA of all required and complementary courses taken at McGill which constitute the Joint Honours program) must be a minimum of 3.00, although academic units may set higher requirements for your component of the program GPA.

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Faculty Program

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Faculty Program

A Faculty program is an approved selection of courses constituting a concentration in an intellectually coherent and inter-faculty field of studies. These courses must include approved selections from one of the following:

  • The Faculties of Arts and of Science, and at least one other faculty.
  • The Faculty of Arts, and at least one faculty other than the Faculty of Science.
  • The Faculty of Arts currently recognizes the following Faculty programs in:
    • Industrial Relations
    • McGill School of Environment

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Science Minor Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Science Minor Programs

If you want to register for a minor program offered by the Faculty of Science, you must fulfil the Arts program requirements as indicated above, as well as complete any prerequisites for the additional program. If you're interested, you must write to the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), including with your request written approval from the Science Minor Adviser.

Faculty of Arts—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 16, 2011) (disclaimer)