The study of the humanities and social sciences will enrich your life and open the way to a rewarding career. Over and over, graduates of the Faculty of Arts will tell you that their time at university gave them not only marketable skills but also intangible tools they use and appreciate every day.
These tools are crucial in today's job market. Beyond easily obtained technical skills, employers often need and look for more qualitative assets in their employees. Flexibility, creativity, analytical skills and effective communication are among the traits they value most highly. The study of the arts develops all these qualities that will not become obsolete; clear thinking and powers of communication have no expiry date.
An arts degree could lead to a career in a wide variety of fields such as:
- community development
- cultural heritage
- market research
It could be your passport to further study in professional programs such as:
- social work
- or in academic disciplines ranging from anthropology to sociology
You can indicate your intention to complete a BA program when completing the General Application for Admission to Memorial University. Most major and minor programs applicable to the BA program do not have any additional admission requirements beyond those for admission to the university.
Application may also be made by contacting the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The general degree of bachelor of arts (BA) consists of the following components:
- courses from a set of core requirements, some of which may also satisfy requirements of the major and minor programs
- an approved concentration of courses known as the major program (for the anthropology major, please refer to the appropriate section in the University Calendar)
- an approved concentration of courses known as the minor program
- elective courses
All candidates must complete the following core requirements:
Six credit hours in English at the 1000 level.
Six credit hours in a single second language other than English (satisfied by French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Innu-aimun, Inuktitut, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish and other languages that may be offered from time to time).
This requirement may also be met by demonstration of equivalent competency in a second language, through, for example: the completion of an Advanced Placement language examination with an acceptable grade; the completion of a high school curriculum in a second language.
A list of courses being offered that will fulfil the second language requirement is provided each semester by the Faculty of Arts here.
Six credit hours in numeracy/science (satisfied by biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, Economics 2010, Economics 2020, engineering, environmental science, geography laboratory courses, mathematics and statistics, physics, psychology, Science 1000, 1150, 1151, 3000, 3001).
12 credit hours in at least two humanities subjects (satisfied by classics, communications studies, English, French, gender studies, German, history, Italian, Linguistics 2025, 2026, 2030, 2031, 2700, 2701, 2702, 2703, 2704, 2705 or 2706, medieval studies, philosophy, religious studies, Russian, or Spanish).
Six credit hours in research/writing. These may be counted towards the major and minor programs and may also satisfy six credit hours from humanities and social sciences. It is recommended that these courses be completed within the first 60 credit hours of your program.
A list of courses being offered that will fulfil the research and writing requirement is provided each semester by the Faculty of Arts here.
Students can also obtain the list each semester through the Memorial Self-Service Registration system: Select "Look up Course Offerings" in the Registration Menu; Highlight Research/Writing in the "Attribute Type" search box.
Priority registration for research/writing courses will be given to students who have indicated arts as their intended faculty on the General Application to Memorial University of Newfoundland or to students admitted to any bachelor of music program.
***Note: To satisfy the minimum core requirements, students shall take no more than nine credit hours in courses from any one discipline.***
Students pursuing a BA will normally take the following courses in their first year:
|FALL SEMESTER||WINTER SEMESTER|
|course in major subjet or core requirement||course in major subjet or core requirement|
|numeracy / science course||numeracy / science course|
|second language course||second language course|
|research/writing course||research/writing course|
|English 1080 (or 1020)||English 1101, 1102, 1103 or 1110 (or 1080, 1021)*|
* Note: ESL students who wish to take English Literature in the second semester could take one of English 1021, 1080, 1101, 1102 or 1103.
The Faculty of Arts at the St. John's campus offers the BA with majors in:
- communication studies*
- computer science
- English language and literature
- gender studies
- German language and literature
- law and society*
- medieval studies*
- police studies*
- political science**
- religious studies
- Russian language and literature
A minor program is available in all the major subject areas listed above except communication studies and police studies, as well as in:
- Aboriginal studies*
- business administration
- film studies*
- Faculty of Science subject areas
- German studies*
- international business
- music and culture****
- music history****
- Newfoundland and Labrador studies
* If you are completing a major in any of these interdisciplinary programs, you must complete a minor or second major, in a single subject. Similarly, if you are completing a minor in one of these programs, you must choose a major in a single subject.
** A co-operative education option is available to majors in economics and political science. Admission is competitive and selective. For more information, please see the economics and political science course descriptions sections of this Guide.
*** Admission to the major in psychology is competitive and selective. For more information on admission to the major in psychology, please see the science section of this Guide.
**** For a more detailed description of the music and culture and music history minors, please see the music section of this Guide.
The bachelor of arts (honours) is offered in all of the major subject areas listed except communication studies, gender studies, law and society, medieval studies, police studies, Russian language and literature, and Spanish. These subjects may be included in some joint honours programs.
Diploma programs are of distinct advantage if you wish to complement your studies in one or more fields of specialization with a program that will help you relate your knowledge to growing sectors of the economy and to areas of increasing social concern.
These programs assume and build upon the theoretical knowledge acquired in the completion of an undergraduate degree and will assist in easing the transition of graduates to the workplace.
Diploma programs consist of between 24 and 36 credit hours in courses as specified in individual programs, including a field component of six credit hours in an approved instructional field placement and/or instructional field courses. The purpose of the field component of the program is to provide you with an opportunity for practical and instructional field-oriented experiences as a means of broadening and reinforcing the other courses taken in the diploma program. The instructional field component may take a number of forms, depending on the nature of individual programs but typically includes observation of and instruction in practical techniques and methods and their application, as well as the maintenance and submission of documentation and reports appropriate to the area of study.
The following diploma programs are currently available:
- applied ethics
- creative writing
- geographic information sciences
- performance and communications media
- police studies
- professional writing
Admission requirements to diploma programs vary considerably. Please consult the University Calendar and/or contact the office of the Dean of Arts, email@example.com for additional information.
- Memorial University offers a variety of arts degree programs at the St. John's campus and at Grenfell Campus.
- The general and honours bachelor of arts (BA) degrees require the completion of 120 credit hours.
- A full description of the BA degree offered at the St. John's campus is available in the booklet, A Student's Guide to Memorial's Bachelor of Arts and on the web at www.mun.ca/arts.
- For information about the BA at Grenfell Campus
The joint bachelor of arts and bachelor of commerce (co-op.) can be completed in five years, provided appropriate planning is undertaken. For more information, please see the business section of this Guide.
For additional information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org