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McGill's largest faculty, the Faculty of Arts sits at the forefront of intellectual inquiry in a time of development, innovation and renewal. A McGill Arts education is an opportunity to explore the rich diversity of human endeavour and creative expression. It's a chance to develop linguistic, critical and analytical skills that allow our graduates to approach questions from a wide range of perspectives and adapt to changing circumstances.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Program options

Freshman Program: Designed to ensure that you gain a broad foundation in preparation for your three-year degree program. It is comprised of 24-30 credits in one of these program options.

Option 1: "General Option", allows you to develop your own program of study using courses from the various areas available in Arts. This option includes an 18-credit core requirement: 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.

Option 2: "En français", includes a core requirement of 18 credits of courses conducted in French. These courses may be comprised wholly of language courses, wholly of substantive content courses conducted in French, or a combination of the two.

Multi-track Program: Offers you the opportunity to combine an honours and a minor concentration or a combination of major and minor concentrations. It gives you an unprecedented degree of flexibility in designing your program of study.

The multi-track system enables you to acquire a breadth of knowledge in at least two core disciplines in the social sciences and/or humanities, and provides you with the option of doing a minor concentration in another Faculty.

Faculty Program: An approved selection of courses drawn from departments in at least two faculties to form an interdisciplinary and intellectually coherent concentration that allows you to study an issue from a combination of perspectives.

Honours and Joint Honours: These programs demand a high degree of specialization in one or two disciplines and require you to maintain a high academic standing. In most departments, you will be required to declare a minor concentration and will be required to write an undergraduate thesis in your final year.

Bachelor of Arts and Science: The BA & Sc degree, jointly offered through the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, is designed for students who have clearly-defined interests in both Arts and Science. While the degree provides a broad education that includes in-depth study of disciplines in both faculties, the number of elective courses a student can take is limited. Students entering the BA & Sc program therefore must know in precisely which disciplines they wish to focus. Note that students who intend to pursue graduate studies in science or to attend medical school may have to complete additional courses as electives or beyond the basic degree requirements. For more information, please visit Interfaculty BA & Sc Degree.

Diploma in Environment: This undergraduate program is for students with an undergraduate degree (BSc, BA, or equivalent) who wish to enrich or reorient their training. It is a one-year program if taken full-time. See the McGill School of Environment.

B.A.: Bachelor of Arts

+ Anthropology        
- Anthropology Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Art History and Communication Studies        
- Art History Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- Communication Studies     Minor Concentration  
+ Arts        
- African Studies   Major Concentration Minor Concentration  
- Arts - General       Freshman Program
- Canadian Ethnic and Racial Studies     Minor Concentration  
- Catholic Studies     Minor Concentration  
- French       Freshman Program
- History and Philosophy of Science     Minor Concentration  
- Industrial Relations       Faculty Program
- International Development Studies Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- Latin American Studies   Major Concentration    
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies Honours      
- Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Thematic Honours      
- Middle East Languages     Minor Concentration  
- Middle East Studies Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- North American Studies   Major Concentration Minor Concentration  
- Philosophy and Western Religions Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- Quebec Studies / Études sur le Québec   Major Concentration Minor Concentration  
- Sexual Diversity Studies     Minor Concentration  
- Women's Studies Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- World Cinemas     Minor Concentration  
+ Biology        
- Science for Arts Students     Minor Concentration  
+ Computer Science        
+ East Asian Studies        
- East Asian Studies Honours Major Concentration   Joint Honours Component
- East Asian Cultural Studies     Minor Concentration  
- East Asian Language and Literature     Minor Concentration  
- East Asian Language     Minor Concentration Supplementary  
+ Economics        
- Economics Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Education        
- Education for Arts Students     Minor Concentration  
+ Educational & Counselling Psychology        
- Educational Psychology     Minor Concentration  
+ English        
- English - Cultural Studies Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- English - Drama and Theatre Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- English - Literature Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Environment        
- Environment   Programs    
+ French Language and Literature        
- Langue et littérature françaises - Critique littéraire     Concentration mineure  
- Langue et littérature françaises - Études et pratiques littéraires Spécialisation Concentration majeure Concentration mineure Double Spécialisation
- Langue et littérature françaises - Langue française     Concentration mineure  
- Langue et littérature françaises - Langue française et traduction     Concentration mineure  
- Langue et littérature françaises - Traduction Spécialisation Concentration majeure Concentration mineure Double Spécialisation
+ Geography        
- Geographic Information Systems     Minor Concentration  
- Geography Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- Geography - Urban Systems Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration  
+ German Studies        
- Contemporary German Studies   Major Concentration    
- German Language     Minor Concentration  
- German Literature     Minor Concentration  
- German Studies Honours     Joint Honours Component
- German Studies - Language and Literature   Major Concentration    
- German Studies - Literature and Culture   Major Concentration    
- German Literature and Culture in Translation     Minor Concentration  
+ Hispanic Studies        
- Hispanic Studies Honours     Joint Honours Component
- Hispanic Studies - Languages   Major Concentration    
- Hispanic Studies - Literature and Culture   Major Concentration Minor Concentration  
- Hispanic Languages     Minor Concentration  
+ History and Classical Studies        
- Classics Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- History Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Institute for the Study of Canada        
- Canadian Studies Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Islamic Studies        
- Islamic Studies     Minor Concentration  
+ Italian Studies        
- Italian Studies Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Jewish Studies        
- Jewish Law     Minor Concentration  
- Jewish Studies Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Linguistics        
- Linguistics Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Management        
- Economics / Accounting       Joint Honours Component
- Economics / Finance       Joint Honours Component
- Finance (For Non-Management Students)     Minor Concentration  
- Management (For Non-Management Students)     Minor Concentration  
- Marketing (For Non-Management Students)     Minor Concentration  
- Operations Management (For Non-Management Students)     Minor Concentration  
+ Mathematics and Statistics        
- Mathematics   Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- Statistics     Minor Concentration  
- Supplementary Mathematics     Minor Concentration  
+ Music        
- Music   Major Concentration Minor Concentration  
+ Philosophy        
- Philosophy Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Political Science        
- Comparative Politics     Minor Concentration  
- International Relations     Minor Concentration  
- Political Economy     Minor Concentration  
- Political Science Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- Political Science: Canada/Québec     Minor Concentration  
- Political Theory     Minor Concentration  
- Politics, Law and Society     Minor Concentration  
- South Asia     Minor Concentration  
+ Psychology        
- Behavioural Science     Minor Concentration  
- Psychology Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
+ Religious Studies        
- Religious Studies - Asian Religions Honours     Joint Honours Component
- Religious Studies - Western Religions Honours     Joint Honours Component
- Scriptural Languages     Minor Concentration  
- Scriptures and Interpretations   Major Concentration    
- World Religions   Major Concentration Minor Concentration  
+ Russian & Slavic Studies        
- Russian Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component
- Russian Culture     Minor Concentration  
+ Social Studies of Medicine        
- Social Studies of Medicine     Minor Concentration  
+ Sociology        
- Sociology Honours Major Concentration Minor Concentration Joint Honours Component

B.S.W.: Bachelor of Social Work

+ Social Work    
- Social Work Three-Year Program  

Facilities

  • The Arts Multimedia Language Facility is a computer-assisted language learning environment that places the student at the centre of the learning process, individualizes learning and fosters autonomy.

Learning outside the classroom

The Arts Internship Program helps students identify the internship best suited to their educational needs and career objectives and provides a support network for them at all stages of the internship experience. A majority of departments and programs offer credit for internship work, and there are some scholarships available.

Research centres and institutes

Degrees offered


Enrolment - Fall 2013

UNDERGRADUATES 7431
Canadian 5307
International 2124
Male 2422
Female

5009

GRADUATES 960
Canadian 696
International 264
Male 377
Female 583

Contact the Faculty:

Faculty of Arts
Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS)
Dawson Hall
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 0G5

Tel.: 514 398-1029
Fax: 514 398-2157
Website: www.mcgill.ca/arts/ and
www.mcgill.ca/oasis

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