Faculty of Arts


General Information

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 benefits that they use and appreciate every day.  These advantages are crucial in today’s job-market.  On top of easily defined technical skills, employers often need and look for more valuable assets.  Flexibility, creativity, analytical skills, and effective communication are among the traits they value most highly.  The study of the arts develops all these qualities.  And unlike merely technical skills, they do not grow obsolete.  Clear thinking and powers of communication have no expiry date.

A Memorial BA could lead to an entry-level position in fields such as journalism, community development, market research or retail management.  It could be your passport to further study in professional programs such as medicine, business, education, nursing and social work, or in academic disciplines ranging from archaeology to women’s studies.

Memorial offers a variety of BA degree programs at the St. John’s campus and at Grenfell.  The general and honours BA require the completion of 120 credit hours.

For information about the Grenfell BA see the Grenfell section, of this Guide.

A full description of the BA degree offered in St. John’s is available in the booklet A Student’s Guide to Memorial’s BA Degree, and on the web at www.mun.ca/arts.

Subject Areas


The Faculty of Arts at the St. John's campus offers the BA with majors  in: 

anthropology                                     linguistics
Canadian studies                               medieval studies
classics                                             philosophy
computer science                               political science
drama and music*                             psychology***
economics**                                     pure mathematics/statistics
English                                              religious studies
folklore                                             Russian language and literature
French                                              sociology
geography                                        sociology/anthropology
German language and literature          spanish
Greek and Roman Studies 


Bachelor of arts students may also complete minors in all the major subject areas listed above except Canadian studies and drama and music, as well as in:

 aboriginal studies
 business administration
 european studies
 German studies
 law and society
 music and culture*
 music history* 
 Newfoundland studies 
 Russian studies
 women’s studies
 Faculty of Science subject areas

*A more detailed description of the drama and music major, the music and culture minor and the music history minor can be found in the School of Music section of this Guide.

**A co-operative education option is available to majors in economics.

To be eligible for admission to Term 1 of the major in economics (co-operative) program you must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours with an overall average of at least 65 per cent as follows:

  • six credit hours in English.  It is recommended that students complete English 1110 as one of these English courses.
  • Mathematics 1000 (B.Sc. students must have completed Mathematics 1001.)
  • Economics 2010 and 2020
  • at least 15 credit hours chosen from courses in the faculties of Arts and Science

Admission is competitive and selective.  The primary criterion used in reaching decisions on applications for admission is overall academic achievement.

You may enter Term 1 only in the fall semester.  The deadline for applications for admission is March 1.  Late applications may be considered.  Please see the department head or the co-ordinator of the Co-operative Program in Economics for more information.

The Economics Co-operative Education Option (ECEO) is available to full-time economics majors (BA and B.Sc.) only.  This option provides an excellent mutual opportunity for students and  employers.  Qualified students will obtain rewarding employment experience in fields related to economics for several months of continuous duration.  Students will learn valuable practical skills in an employment situation during their course of study.  Furthermore, paid employment will help to defray the cost of their education.  There are three work terms in the program.

***Admission to the major or minor in psychology is competitive and selective.  For more information on admission to the major in psychology please see the Faculty of Science section of this Guide.
Honours Degree

The bachelor of arts (honours) is offered in all of the major subject areas listed except Canadian studies, drama and music, medieval studies,  Russian language and literature, sociology/ anthropology and Spanish.  These subjects may be included in some joint honours programs.

Joint Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative)

The joint degrees of 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 Joint Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) section of this Guide.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Requirements

All candidates for the St. John’s BA degree must include certain core requirements in their program.  These core requirements are:

1. Six credit hours in English at the 1000 level.

2. Six credit hours in a single second language other than English (satisfied by French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Innu-aimun (Montagnais), Inuktitut, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Mi’kmaq, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish and other languages such as Japanese and Irish Gaelic which 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:

  •  success in the French immersion courses Français 3202 (or 3212)
  •  the completion of an Advanced Placement language examination with an acceptable grade
  • the completion of a high school curriculum in a second language

3. 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).

Please note that certain majors and minors within the Faculty of Arts do require mathematics:

  •  Computer Science majors are required to complete Mathematics 1000 and 1001 (or 1090, 1000 and 1001). Computer science minors are required to complete Computer Science 1710.  Students registered in Computer Science 1710 must be registered in Mathematics 1000 (not 1090).
  • Economics majors and minors are required to complete Mathematics 1000 (or 1090 and 1000).
  • Students can complete a BA degree with a major or minor in geography without courses in mathematics.  However, the completion of Mathematics 1000 will allow for greater choice in the selection of geography courses.
  • Mathematics majors are required to complete Mathematics 1000 and 1001 (or 1090, 1000 and 1001). Mathematics 1050 and 1051 can lead to a minor in mathematics.
  • Psychology majors and minors are required to complete Mathematics 1000 or two courses chosen from Mathematics 1090, 1050 and 1051.

4. a) Twelve credit hours in at least two humanities subjects (satisfied by classics, English, French and Spanish, German and Russian, history, philosophy, religious studies, Law and Society 2000, Medieval Studies 2000, Women’s Studies 2000).

 b) Twelve credit hours in at least two social science subjects (satisfied by anthropology, economics, Environmental Studies 1000, Environmental Studies 2000, folklore, geography, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, Law and Society 2000, Women’s Studies 2000).

 Many of the courses in paragraphs 4.a) and b) may be used to satisfy major and minor program requirements.

5.  Six credit hours in research/writing.  These may be counted towards the major and minor programs, and may also satisfy 6 credit hours from 4. a) and b) above.  It is recommended that these courses be completed within the first 60 credit hours  in your program.

Priority registration for research/writing courses will be given to students who have indicated Arts as their intended faculty on the form used for application to Memorial University or to students admitted to any B.Mus. program.

Note: To satisfy the minimum core requirements students shall take no more than nine credit hours in courses from any one discipline.

Sample Program

Semester I Semester II
Course in subject of major or another core requirement  Course in subject of major or another core requirement
Numeracy/science course  Numeracy/science course 
Second Language Second Language
Research/writing course  Research/writing course 
English 1080  English 1101 (1102, 1103 or 1110)

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