Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2014/2015)
5 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.

5.1 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

5.1.1 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 his/her 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.

5.1.1.1 English Requirement

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

5.1.1.2 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.

5.1.1.3 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.

5.1.1.4 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, Gender Studies, German, History, Italian, Linguistics 2025, 2026, 2030, 2031, 2700, 2701, 2702, 2703, 2704, 2705, 2706, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish.

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

5.1.1.5 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.

5.1.1.6 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.

5.1.2 The Major Program
  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, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish.

  2. As an alternative to a departmental Major, interdisciplinary Arts Major programs are available and are administered by program co-ordinators. Refer to Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs below.

5.1.3 The Minor Program

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. As an alternative to a departmental Minor, interdisciplinary Arts Minor programs are available; refer to Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs below.

5.1.4 Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs

The Faculty of Arts offers undergraduate interdisciplinary Major and Minor programs that consist of courses that deal with a common topic from a variety of departments within the Faculty. This normally prioritizes core courses and is supplemented by other courses that bring different approaches to the study of the subject matter. Each program is administered by a co-ordinator, who may be supported by a program committee.

5.1.4.1 General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs
  1. Students shall consult about their interdisciplinary Faculty of Arts program with the designated Program Co-ordinator.

  2. Departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable. This may increase the number of stated courses required for completion of the program. Such courses may be eligible towards other components of the Bachelor of Arts.

  3. Normal credit restrictions apply. It is the student’s responsibility to recognize that additional credit may not be obtained for completing two versions of a cross-listed course (i.e., the same course delivered by two or more departments).

  4. Courses selected from a minimum of three disciplines within the Faculty of Arts Programs and Regulations shall be required for an interdisciplinary Major or Minor.

  5. A Program Co-ordinator may, in consultation with the Head of the relevant academic unit, request permission from the Committee on Undergraduate Studies for a course to be added to the program. Normally, the addition of a course whose Calendar entry clearly establishes that it is highly relevant to the program shall be approved, and the Committee shall request Senate approval to add the course to the program’s Calendar entry.

5.1.4.2 Interdisciplinary Arts Major Programs
  1. A student must follow the regulations for the interdisciplinary Arts Major program as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar. Interdisciplinary Arts Major programs are available in Communication Studies, Law and Society, Medieval Studies, and Police Studies.

  2. These interdisciplinary Arts Major programs shall require not fewer than 36 and not more than 45 credit hours.

  3. A student completing an interdisciplinary Arts Major program must choose a Minor in a single discipline (i.e., offered by a department or another eligible Faculty). Instead of a Minor, a second Major in a single discipline may be pursued; however, only one Major may be interdisciplinary. All General and Departmental or Program Regulations for this second Major program must be followed.

  4. A maximum of 12 credit hours from an interdisciplinary Arts Major may be used to satisfy the requirements of a single disciplinary Minor or second Major, provided they are in accordance with the regulations governing both programs.

  5. For an interdisciplinary Arts Major, other than courses exclusive to the interdisciplinary program of study (e.g., Law and Society courses used for the Law and Society program), a maximum of 15 credit hours from any one discipline listed in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions shall be eligible. No more than 6 credit hours in undergraduate courses which are not listed in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions shall be eligible. Students completing such courses are still required to complete the minimum number of Faculty of Arts courses as per Electives below. Courses delivered only at Grenfell Campus shall be treated on a case-by-case basis in the manner prescribed for adding courses in General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs.

  6. A student who has completed courses in the area of the interdisciplinary Arts Major at another university is required to complete at least 12 credit hours in that subject or in courses applicable to the program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  7. 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.

5.1.4.3 Interdisciplinary Arts Minor Programs
  1. A student must follow the regulations for the interdisciplinary Arts Minor program as set forth in the appropriate section of the Calendar. Interdisciplinary Arts Minor programs are available in Aboriginal Studies, Film Studies, Law and Society, Medieval Studies, and Newfoundland and Labrador Studies.

  2. These interdisciplinary Arts Minor programs shall require not fewer than 24 credit hours.

  3. A student completing an interdisciplinary Arts Minor program must choose a single disciplinary Major (i.e., in a single department discipline).

  4. A maximum of 6 credit hours from the interdisciplinary Arts Minor may be used to satisfy the requirements of the single disciplinary Major, provided they are in accordance with the regulations governing both programs.

  5. For an interdisciplinary Arts Minor, other than courses exclusive to the interdisciplinary program of study (e.g., Law and Society courses used for the Law and Society program), a maximum of 9 credit hours from any one discipline listed in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions shall be eligible. No more than 3 credit hours in undergraduate courses which are not listed in the Faculty of Arts Course Descriptions shall be eligible. Students completing such courses are still required to complete the minimum number of Faculty of Arts courses as per Electives below. Courses delivered only at Grenfell Campus shall be treated on a case-by-case basis in the manner prescribed for adding courses in General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs.

  6. A student who has completed courses in the area of the interdisciplinary Arts Minor at another university is required to complete at least 6 credit hours in that subject or in courses applicable to the program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  7. In addition to the Departmental Minor Program in Arts disciplines and those detailed under the Interdisciplinary Arts 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. 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.

5.1.5 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 (Musicologies and Music Theory and Composition 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)