Programs and Teaching in Arts

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Programs and Teaching in Arts

Established in 1843, the Faculty of Arts is one of the oldest in Canada and remains the largest at McGill. With over 6,000 full-time students and over 250 full-time professors, the Faculty offers several hundred courses in many disciplines.

The Faculty of Arts permits students great program flexibility. You may concentrate on one Arts discipline while obtaining Minor Concentrations in different Arts disciplines as well as in other faculties, such as, for example, Science. McGill’s historic Arts building is the centrepiece of the University’s downtown campus. It houses classrooms, offices and Moyse Hall – an elegant and well-equipped performance theatre. The Faculty maintains bilateral exchange programs with many universities around the world and encourages students to spend a term or two studying abroad, either through an exchange program or independently.

McGill Arts graduates are valued for their ability to think critically and communicate effectively, often in more than one language. Their skills in research and analysis are applicable in a wide spectrum of professional fields, such as law, education, business, government, and public service.

The Faculty of Arts offers programs leading to the degrees of B.A. and B.S.W. Admission is selective; fulfilment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission criteria are described in the Undergraduate Admissions Guide, found at

The Faculty of Arts also offers a Diploma in Environment under the McGill School of Environment, a 30-credit program available to holders of a B.Sc. or B.A. or equivalent. All credits for the Diploma must be completed at McGill. For more information, see McGill School of Environment > Diploma in Environment.

Finally, the Faculties of Arts and of Science jointly offer programs leading to the degree of the Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.), which is described under the Bachelor of Arts and Science section of this publication.

Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated May. 3, 2010) (disclaimer)