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Academic Support

Learning Communities: a small group of students who share common courses, interests, and/or residence.

Transition Programs: unique programs for first year students transitioning from high school to university.

Academic Help: specialized help for math, academic writing, and study skills.

Arts and Science

As the only college in Canada to offer courses in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts, our students enjoy unparalleled academic options. Our focus on unique, modern and interdisciplinary programming allows students to gain an in-depth perspective of their world, on their terms. With more than 60 majors to choose from, the College of Arts and Science will take you places.

From study abroad adventures and research-intensive field schools to professional accreditations and rewarding careers, you can get there from here.

The College of Arts and Science offers students a variety of degree options to choose from, depending on what you want to do with your degree and what type of career you are thinking of.

Honours Programs

Honours programs are intended for students who wish for more intensive training and who are able to meet the cumulative weighted average (CWA) requirements. These programs are comprised of at least 120 credit units and may be completed in four years.

They are especially suitable for those who plan to proceed to graduate study (Masters or PhD level degrees). Applications for admission to honours programs are not considered until the student has successfully completed at least 60 credit units with a CWA of at least 70% overall and in the subject of the honours program.

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A). Honours
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) Honours
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)
  • Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) Performance

Four-Year Programs

Four-year programs are the most common undergraduate degrees and are comprised of at least 120 credit units and may be completed in four years.

Students intending to apply to the College of Medicine will find these degrees a good fit as prerequisite to apply to Medicine.

University graduates will earn, on average, $1 million more over their careers than a college or technical school grad (source).

  • Four-Year Bachelor of Arts (B.A).
  • Four-Year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Four-Year Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.)
  • Four-Year Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)

Three-Year Programs

Three-Year Programs requires students to complete at least 90 credit units and may be completed in three years. These degrees are not recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies (Masters or PhD level degrees); however, they can be a good option to complement a professional degree.

Students intending to apply to a non-direct entry professional program, such as Law or Education, often find these degrees a good fit as they complete their pre-professional years.

  • Three-Year Bachelor of Arts (B.A).
  • Three-Year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Your major is the subject area you choose to specialize in. It is also the subject discipline where you will take a significant number of courses. Students often choose their major after their first year of study.

With over 60 options to choose from, the College of Arts and Science is sure to have something that you will find interesting!

Fine Arts

Our courses in the Fine Arts prepare students for a range of rewarding and creative careers. Music students can supplement their education with membership in ensembles and touring groups, such as the nationally acclaimed Greystone Singers. Drama students learn to design stage sets and costumes, and combine many performance opportunities with theoretical instruction and writing workshops.

Those majoring in Art and Art History can specialize in one of several areas of study, each of which gives students a genuine idea of what an artist is and does. If you envision a career in music, drama or art, we can help you make it happen.

Fine Arts Majors


The Humanities include several disciplines that focus on culture and the human condition. Our courses in language, history, philosophy and religion help students improve their writing and analytical skills, and encourage them to examine the forces behind an array of events and issues—both past and present.

In today’s increasingly globalized workforce, employers are looking for individuals able to think critically and adapt to changing environments. We prepare students to do precisely that.

Humanities Majors

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences examine how societies function. If you’re interested in sustainability, curious about human behavior, intrigued by the structure of cities or want to analyze systems of government, our courses in the Social Sciences are an excellent place to start. In addition to quality classroom instruction, our students can also take advantage of many research and study abroad opportunities…all of which will give you a leg up on the competition when it comes time to enter the workforce or move on to graduate studies.

Social Sciences Majors


Involving students in hands-on research is one of our college’s main objectives, and science majors benefit from many of these opportunities. Our students receive significant instruction in state-of-the-art labs and other innovative facilities, such as the Canadian Light Source—Canada’s only synchrotron—and the new Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). Our grads have gone on to become everything from doctors and marine biologists to Hollywood animators and CEOs of research organizations. Whatever you aspire to achieve in the vast realm of science, we will help you get there.

Science Majors

Arts and Science

The Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) degrees are distinct degrees combining the Science disciplines with studies in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and/or Fine Arts.  These unique and highly completive interdisciplinary programs are focused in areas of high demand and allow students to make connections needed to succeed in these areas.  These program are truly inter- and multi-disciplinary. 

Arts & Science Majors

Minor and Recognition Programs

Minors are available in many disciplines, on completion of 18 to 24 credit units as specified by the department. Refer to the specific subject for further information as not all disciplines offer Minors.  There are also a number of minors avalibale that are not avaliable as degree programs.  Please see below for a list of minors avaliable in the College of Arts and Science.

Recognition in a Language is available in French, German, Spanish and Ukrainian upon completion of 18 credit units as specified by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.

Completion of a minor or recognition is optional, but if chosen the minor or recognition must be completed in conjunction with a major in a different subject or an interdisciplinary program, and must be completed at the time of graduation with an Arts and Science degree.

Certificate of Proficiency

A Certificate of Proficiency signifies the completion of a recognized program of degree-level courses and signifies achievement of proficiency in a specific area of study.  A Certificate of Proficiency in the College of Arts and Science requires 15 to 30 credit units.

The College of Arts and Science offers several Certificate of Proficiency programs:

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