Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2011/2012)
4 Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees

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".

A student completing a degree program in the Faculty of Arts will normally follow the degree regulations in effect in the academic year in which he/she first successfully complete courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland. However, a student may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during his/her tenure in the program.

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

  2. The Bachelor of Arts General Degree 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. Electives

4.1.1 Core Requirements

A student must complete the following Core Requirements. A student is strongly advised to complete the Core Requirements within the first 60 credit hours of their undergraduate program. Courses satisfying Core Requirements may also be used to satisfy requirements of Major and Minor programs, subject to the requirements outlined below:

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

  2. A student 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.

  4. A student who is 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.

  5. A History course may be used to meet the Humanities or the Social Sciences Core Requirements, but not both.

4.1.1.1 English Requirement

A student must complete 6 credit hours in courses in English at the first-year level.

4.1.1.2 Second Language Requirement

A student must complete 6 credit hours in courses in a single language other than English, or demonstration of equivalent competency in a second language. This requirement may be met by the completion of two courses in languages such as French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Innu-aimun, Inuktitut, Italian, Irish Gaelic, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Sanskrit, or Spanish, or other languages that may be offered from time to time. Prior to registration a list of courses which may be used to fulfill this requirement will be posted on the website of the Faculty of Arts at www.mun.ca/arts.

4.1.1.3 Numeracy/Science Requirement

A student must complete 6 credit hours in courses chosen from the following: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics 2010, Economics 2020, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography (laboratory courses only), Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Psychology, Science 1000, 1150, 1151, 3000, 3001.

4.1.1.4 Humanities Requirement

A student must complete 12 credit hours in courses in at least two disciplines chosen from the following: Classics, Communications Studies, English, French, German, History, Italian, Linguistics 2025, 2026, 2030, 2031, 2700, 2701, 2702, 2703, 2704, 2705, 2706, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Women’s Studies.

These courses are exclusive of the minimum requirements for English and a second language as stated in English Requirement and Second Language Requirement above.

4.1.1.5 Social Sciences Requirement

A student must complete 12 credit hours in courses in at least two disciplines chosen from the following: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Environmental Studies 1000, Environmental Studies 2000, Folklore, Geography (non-laboratory courses only), History, Law and Society, Linguistics, Police Studies, Political Science, Sociology.

4.1.1.6 Research/Writing Requirement

A student must complete a Research/Writing requirement. A student may complete 6 credit hours in courses in Social Sciences or Humanities which are designated research/writing courses to satisfy this Clause and may concurrently satisfy 6 credit hours from the Humanities Requirement and/or the Social Sciences Requirement above. Prior to registration a list of courses which may be used to fulfill this requirement will be posted on the website of the Faculty of Arts at www.mun.ca/arts.

4.1.2 The Major Program

A student 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 Departmental Major Programs or Interdepartmental Major Programs as described below.

4.1.2.1 Departmental Major Programs
  1. Departmental 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. A student 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.

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

  4. The Head of the Department or Departmental Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Major program will advise the student on the selection of courses in the Major.

  5. In Departments which offer programs leading to both a degree of Bachelor of Arts and a degree of Bachelor of Science, a student is free to choose the degree program he/she wishes to follow and may change from one to the other; however, he/she may not obtain both degrees in the same Major subject.

4.1.2.2 Interdepartmental Major Programs
  1. Interdepartmental 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 Coordinator: Canadian Studies, Communications Studies, Drama and Music, Law and Society, Medieval Studies, Police Studies, Sociology/Anthropology. These programs shall require not fewer than 36 nor more than 54 credit hours for the Major.

  2. A student completing an interdisciplinary Major program must choose a Minor (or a second Major) in a single discipline.

  3. A student 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 or in courses applicable to the program at this University.

  4. A student 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 Coordinator of the Major program will advise the student 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, a student is free to choose the degree program he/she wishes to follow and may change from one to the other; however, he/she may not obtain both degrees in the same Major subject.

4.1.3 The Minor Program

A student shall complete an approved concentration of courses to be known as the Minor program taken in a subject other than that of the Major and chosen from the Departmental Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor Programs as described below.

4.1.3.1 Departmental Minor Programs

A Departmental Minor Program shall consist of at least 24 credit hours taken in a subject other than that of the Major and chosen from the subjects listed above under Departmental Major Programs.

  1. A student 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 Departmental Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Minor program will advise the student on the selection of courses in the Minor.

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

  5. In addition to the Departmental Minor Program in Arts disciplines and those detailed under the Interdisciplinary Minor Programs below, Minors are available through the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and departments in the Faculty of Science. These programs are governed by regulations which are detailed in the Calendar entries for the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and departments in the Faculty of Science.

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

  7. Departmental regulations are not intended to prevent a student from completing more than the minimum required credit hours in the subjects of their Major and Minor.

4.1.3.2 Interdisciplinary Minor Programs

An Interdisciplinary Minor Program shall consist of at least 24 credit hours taken in subjects other than that of the Major and chosen from the Interdisciplinary Minor Programs listed below.

  1. Interdisciplinary Minor programs are available in Aboriginal Studies, European Studies, Film Studies, Law and Society, Medieval Studies, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, and Russian 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 and Labrador Studies, Russian Studies, and Sociology/Anthropology.

  2. A student completing an interdisciplinary Minor program must choose a Major in a single discipline.

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

  4. The Program Supervisor of the Minor program will advise the student on the selection of courses in the Minor.

  5. A student 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 or in courses applicable to the program at this University.

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

  7. In addition to the Minors in Arts disciplines and those detailed under the Interdisciplinary Minor Programs, Minors are available through the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and departments in the Faculty of Science. These programs are governed by regulations which are detailed in the Calendar entries for the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Music, and departments in the Faculty of Science.

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

  9. Departmental regulations are not intended to prevent a student from completing more than the minimum required credit hours in the subjects of their Major and Minor.

4.1.4 Electives
  1. In accordance with Regulations outlined under Core Requirements, The Major Program and The Minor Program above, a student 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.

  2. 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). A student 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. Structural Practice Experience (SPE) in Pharmacy

    7. Field Placements in Social Work

    8. Master Classes in Fine Arts (Theatre)

    9. Studio Courses in Fine Arts (Visual)