Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2009/2010)
4 Degree Regulations

In these regulations, all references to Heads of Departments and Program Supervisors are to be read as "Head of Department or delegate" and "Program Supervisor or delegate".

4.1 Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Students completing a degree program in the Faculty of Arts will normally follow the degree regulations in effect in the academic year in which they first entered Memorial University of Newfoundland. This is determined by the year of the student number. However, students may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during their tenure in the program.

  1. Degree Components

    The General Degree of Bachelor of Arts consists of the following components:

    1. courses from a set of Core Requirements, some of which may also satisfy requirements of the Major and Minor programs

    2. an approved concentration of courses known as the Major program

    3. an approved concentration of courses known as the Minor program

    4. elective courses

    A candidate for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours in courses subject to the following regulations.

  2. Core Requirements

    All candidates must complete the following Core Requirements. Courses satisfying Core Requirements may also be used to satisfy requirements of Major and Minor programs, subject to Notes 1., 2. and 3. below:

    1. English Requirement. Six credit hours in courses in English at the first-year level.

    2. Second Language Requirement. Six credit hours in courses in a single language other than English, or demonstration of equivalent competency in a second language.

    3. Numeracy/Science Requirement. Six credit hours in courses chosen from the Science list below.

    4. Humanities Requirement. Twelve credit hours in courses in at least two disciplines chosen from the Humanities List below. These courses are exclusive of the minimum requirements for English and a second language as stated in a. and b. above.

    5. Social Sciences Requirement. Twelve credit hours in courses in at least two disciplines chosen from the Social Sciences List below.

      Students who are concurrently completing the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) degree should refer to the entry Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) immediately following these regulations.

    6. Research/Writing Requirement. Completion of 6 credit hours in courses in Social Sciences or Humanities which are designated research/writing courses will satisfy Clause 2. f. and may concurrently satisfy 6 credit hours from Clause 2. d. and/or 2. e. above.

    Students are strongly advised to complete the Core Requirements within the first 60 credit hours of the undergraduate program.

    Notes:

    1. To satisfy the minimum Core Requirements, students shall take no more than 9 credit hours in courses from any one discipline.

    2. Students may apply up to 9 credit hours of the Core Requirements towards the Major program and up to 9 credit hours of the Core Requirements towards the Minor program.

    3. Specific Core Requirements may also be satisfied by the demonstration of equivalent competency in accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate), e.g., advanced standing, challenge for credit, etc.

    Distribution of Humanities, Social Science, and Science:

    Humanities: Classics, English, French & Spanish*, German & Russian*, History***, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Law & Society 2000***, Medieval Studies 2000, Women's Studies 2000***

    Social Science: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Environmental Studies 1000 and 2000, Folklore, Geography**, History***, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Law & Society 2000***, Women's Studies 2000***

    Science: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics 2010 and 2020, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography**, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Psychology, Science 1000, 1150, 1151, 3000, 3001

    *Where a department offers two distinct disciplines, students who major and minor in that department can apply up to 18 credit hours from the Major and Minor to satisfy Core Requirements. For example, a student doing a German Major and a Russian Minor may complete 18 credit hours applicable to core requirements in courses in the Department of German and Russian: 9 credit hours in German to fulfill the second language requirement as well as 3 of the required 12 credit hours in a humanities discipline. The remaining 9 credit hours in Humanities could be fulfilled by Russian courses done for the Minor.

    **All non-laboratory Geography courses are designated Social Science courses. All Geography courses with laboratories are designated Science courses. The three-course limit in one department for meeting Core Requirements will apply.

    ***Where a department or program is listed in both the Humanities and Social Science Lists, the three-course limit in one department for meeting Core Requirements will apply.

  3. The Major Program

    A candidate shall complete an approved concentration of courses to be known as the Major program, consisting of not fewer than 36 nor more than 45 credit hours taken in a subject listed in Clause 3. a. or 3. b. below.

    1. Major programs are available in the following subjects and are administered by departments: Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English Language and Literature, Folklore, French, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies.

    2. Major programs are available in the following subjects which, because of their interdepartmental character, will each be administered jointly by the participating departments through a Program Supervisor. These programs shall require not fewer than 36 nor more than 54 credit hours for the Major.

      1. Drama and Music

      2. Canadian Studies

      3. Medieval Studies

      4. Sociology/Anthropology

    3. A candidate who has completed courses in the area of the Major at another university is required to complete at least 12 credit hours in that subject at this University.

    4. A candidate must follow the regulations for the Major programs as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar.

    5. The Head of the Department or Program Supervisor of the Major program will advise the candidate on the selection of courses in the Major.

    6. In Departments which offer programs leading to both a degree of Bachelor of Arts and a degree of Bachelor of Science, candidates are free to choose the degree program they wish to follow and may change from one to the other; however, they may not obtain both degrees in the same Major subject.

  4. The Minor Program

    A candidate shall complete an approved concentration of courses to be known as the Minor program, consisting of at least 24 credit hours taken in a subject other than that of the Major chosen either from Clause 3.a. above or from the Minor programs listed below.

    1. A candidate must follow the regulations for the Minor program as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar.

    2. The Head of the Department or Program Supervisor of the Minor program will advise the candidate on the selection of courses in the Minor.

    3. A candidate who has completed courses in the area of the Minor at another university is required to complete at least 6 credit hours in that subject at this University.

    4. A Minor program in Business Administration is available to candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree. This program is governed by regulations which are detailed under the Calendar entry for the Faculty of Business Administration.

    5. A Minor in Music History is available to students who meet the prerequisites for Music 1107 and 1127. This program is governed by regulations which are detailed under the Calendar entry for the School of Music.

    6. A Minor in Music and Culture is available in the School of Music. This program is governed by regulations which are detailed under the Calendar entry for the School of Music.

    7. Minor programs are available in the Faculty of Science. These programs are governed by regulations which are detailed under the Faculty of Science Calendar entries for each department.

    8. Up to 12 credit hours in courses offered by a single department as part of a multidisciplinary program may be used to satisfy the requirements for the Minor, provided they are in accordance with the regulations governing that Minor.

    9. Multidisciplinary Minor programs are available in Aboriginal Studies, European Studies, Film Studies, Law and Society, Medieval Studies, Newfoundland Studies, Russian Studies, and Women's Studies. In addition, a Sociology/Anthropology Interdepartmental Minor program is available. These programs are governed by regulations which are detailed under the Calendar entries for Aboriginal Studies, European Studies, Film Studies, Law and Society, Medieval Studies, Newfoundland Studies, Russian Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, and Women's Studies.

    10. As an alternative to a Minor, a candidate may complete a second Major program and must follow all General and Departmental or Program Regulations for this Major program.

    Note:

    Departmental regulations are not intended to debar students from completing more than the minimum required credit hours in the subjects of their Major and Minor.

  5. Electives

    In accordance with Regulations 2., 3. and 4. above, candidates must complete a minimum of 78 credit hours in courses offered by departments within the Faculty of Arts. Courses in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology may be applied to this requirement.

    The remaining 42 credit hours (for a total of 120 credit hours required for the degree) will be electives; these may be chosen from offerings in Arts, Science, Business and Music (History and Theory only). Candidates may include as open electives up to 15 of these 42 credit hours in any subject area, with the exception of courses which are clearly practical or professional:

    1. Outdoor Pursuits or Expeditions in Environmental Studies

    2. Internships, Student Teaching or Practicum in Education

    3. Activity and Coaching courses in Human Kinetics and Recreation

    4. Applied Music or Ensemble Techniques in Music

    5. Nursing Practice or Clinical Practicum in Nursing

    6. Clinical Clerkship in Pharmacy

    7. Field Placements in Social Work

    8. Master Classes in Fine Arts (Theatre)

    9. Studio Courses in Fine Arts (Visual)