Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Informations essentielles

Conformément à la plus récente directive du gouvernement du Québec, l’Université demeurera fermée au moins jusqu’au 1er mai. Toutes les bibliothèques et les installations sportives seront fermées durant cette période. Toutes les activités de l’Université McGill nécessitant une présence en personne, sur le campus ou ailleurs, sont annulées. Tous les cours pouvant être offerts en ligne seront disponibles à compter du 30 mars. Les étudiants ne seront pas tenus d’être présents sur le campus d’ici la fin de la session d’hiver 2020; en d’autres termes, il n’y aura pas de cours en classe ni d’examens en personne. Visitez le site web Le point sur le coronavirus pour en savoir plus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Essential information

In accordance with the Quebec government’s latest directive, the University will remain closed until at least May 1. All libraries and athletic facilities are closed during this period. All McGill in-person events, on or off campus, are cancelled. All courses that can be taught using remote instruction will be available starting March 30. There will be no in-person classes and no in-person sit-down examinations for the Winter 2020 term. Students will not be required to be physically on campus for the rest of the term. Visit the Coronavirus update website for more information.

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.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2020-2021 (last updated Jan. 30, 2020) (disclaimer)

Freshman Program (Overview)

Bachelor of Arts Freshman Program Overview

If you enter McGill directly from high school or enter with 0-23 credits of Advanced Standing, you must complete the Freshman program core requirements (18 credits), 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

Regulations to Remeber:

  • Freshman Program core courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better
  • Courses in U0 cannot be taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading option
  • Advanced standing credits may possibly be used towards Freshman Program core requirements www.mcgill.ca/transfercredit/prospective

For further details about the Freshman Program, see www.mcgill.ca/oasis/students/new/freshman-u0 and consult the Approved Freshman Courses List for your selection of Freshman courses. If you have further questions, contact www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2020-2021 (last updated Jan. 30, 2020) (disclaimer)

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 requirement of 18 credits completed by selecting 6 credits in each of three of the four Arts subject categories: social sciences, humanities, languages, and/or mathematics and science. Students select 12 additional credits from approved courses for Freshman students based on their interests. A maximum of 18 credits may be taken in any one area and a maximum of 12 credits may be taken in the courses offered by any one department. For more information, see the Arts OASIS website for newly admitted Freshman students at: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

Core Requirement (18 credits)

18 credits with 6 credits in each of three of the four Arts categories: social sciences, humanities, languages, and mathematics and science.

The course lists below are organized by Arts category and include only courses approved by the offering department for Freshman (U0) students. Students may use these lists to plan their course selection.

Approved Courses - Social Sciences

For a list of the approved Arts Freshman (U0) courses, see the Arts OASIS website at: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

Note: If you intend to follow a psychology program, you should not register in SOCI 216 (Social Psychology). PSYC 215 (Social Psychology) is more appropriate. Credit will not be given for both courses.

Note: A few courses may be listed in both Social Sciences and in another category. For example, CANS 200 and ISLA 210 are considered to be both Social Sciences and Humanities courses.

Approved Courses - Humanities

For a list of the approved Arts Freshman (U0) courses, see the Arts OASIS website at: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

Note: Some of the courses are not suitable for first term as they require university-level prerequisites. Please check the course entries for further information about appropriate background before registering.

Note: A few courses may be listed in both Humanities and in another category. For example, CANS 200 is considered to be both Humanities and Social Science courses; FREN 198 and FREN 199 are considered to be both Humanities and Languages courses.

Approved Courses - Languages

For a list of the approved Arts Freshman (U0) courses, see the Arts OASIS website at: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

Note: When registering for 'D1' courses, you MUST also register for the second part 'D2' of this full-year course.

Note: No more than one language should be taken at the introductory level during the Freshman year. Students with prior knowledge of the language may take higher-level courses with permission from the department.

Note: A few courses may be listed in both Languages and in another category. For example, FREN 198 and FREN 199 are considered to be both Languages and Humanities courses.

Approved Courses - Mathematics and Sciences

For a list of the approved Arts Freshman (U0) courses, see the Arts OASIS website at: http://www.mcgill.ca/oasis.

Note: Some of the courses are not suitable for first term as they require university-level prerequisites. Please check the course entries for further information about appropriate background before registering.

Note: GEOG 205 is listed as a Mathematics and Sciences course as well as a Social Sciences course.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Freshman Program - French (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 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 credits may be comprised wholly of language...

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

Departmental Programs for Bachelor of Arts

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 Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Faculty Programs

A Faculty program is an approved selection of courses constituting a concentration in an intellectually coherent and interfaculty 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 and Labour Relations
    • Environment

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Science Minor Programs and Out-of-Faculty Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Science Minor Programs and Out-of-Faculty 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.

Bachelor of Arts Degree - Programs outside the Faculties of Arts or Science: If you want to register for a program offered by another faculty please be sure to read Programs Outside the Faculties of Arts or Science – For Arts Students and consult Faculty of Arts OASIS for advising.

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