Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce Co-operative


The joint degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) (BA/B.Comm. (Co-op.)) can be completed in five years, provided appropriate planning is undertaken. Some of the normal degree requirements have been relaxed by each faculty for students who wish to complete both programs in a minimum of 150 credit hours and graduate with both degrees at the same convocation.

Note: For the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, students must choose a major program from a subject that is considered humanities or social sciences. The minor program for the BA will be business.

Admission and program planning

In the first year, Term A/B, students must successfully complete 30 credits as outlined in the sample program. A student must achieve an overall average of 65 per cent on these 30 credit hours to be promoted to Term 1.

In order to fit the requirements of both degrees within a five-year period, it is strongly recommended that elective courses are selected with specific requirements for the BA in mind. Language study courses and courses in the intended major should round out the first-year program. This webpage is the best way to anticipate future course offerings in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,

The schedule of courses and work terms required for the B.Comm. (Co-op.) are set out in the Plan of Operation in the University Calendar.

For the BA, students are recommended to discuss their programs before the end of their first year with the Head of the department of their major to make sure that required courses will be available within the constraints of course scheduling and prerequisites. In order to fit the requirements of both degrees within a five-year period, students are advised to follow the suggested first-year program as indicated in the sample programs.

Sample program for first year


Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
Math 1090 or 1000*Math 1000 or (BA Core Requirement course)*
Economics 1010 or 1020**Economics 1010 or 1020**
English 1090 (or 1020)English 1110 (or 1021)
Business 1000***BA Core Requirement course
BA major program courseBA major program course

** Math 1000 is required for the BComm (Co-op) program. Students may take Math 1090 in the Fall semester and Math 1000 in the Winter semester, or Math 1000 in the Fall semester and a course toward the BA core requirements in the Winter semester.

**These courses may be taken in any order in either semester.

****Business 1000 may be taken in either semester.


  1. Students who follow the above sample program, and who were not admitted directly into the B.Comm. (Co-op.) program from high school, are eligible to apply for admission into Term 1 of the program. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by March 1. Please note that while a 65 per cent average enables eligibility to the program, it does not guarantee admission. 
  2. For the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete a minimum of six credit hours in the study of a single language, other than English. Students whose first language is not English and who do not meet the standards for entry into regular first-year English courses may use English 1020 and 1021 to fulfill this requirement. Such students are permitted to complete up to an additional six credit hours in Department of English Critical Reading and Writing courses at the 1000 level in order to fulfill the Critical Reading and Writing Requirement.


For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre,



Contact information

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