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SECTION 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs

For academic regulations related to graduate degrees, see the Graduate Calendar of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For academic regulations per­taining to the following degrees, Baccalauréat ès Arts (Latin-Philosophie), Baccalauréat ès Arts (Spécialisé en français), and Baccalauréat ès Arts (Spé­cialisé en traduction), which are also offered under the Faculty of Arts but with instruction available only at Université de Saint-Boniface, see the Annuaire of the Université de Saint-Boniface.

Students are encouraged, prior to reading the faculty regulations which fol­low, to review the chapter, General Academic Regulations and Require­ments, in this Academic Calendar.

It is highly recommended that all students entering the Faculty of Arts to pursue a General, Advanced or Honours Degree complete six credit hours in each of five different subject fields within the first 30 credit hours, and that, if possible, they include among those courses the subject fields in which they will probably special­ize because future choices may be limited by the initial choice of courses a student makes. Also, students must meet a subject field requirement to qualify for entrance to both the Advanced and Honours programs (see Sec­tion 3.2 and 3.3).

Combinations of courses for the Major, Minor and Honours programs, oth­er than those listed, may be permitted with written consent of the depart­ment head or program coordinator and consent from the Faculty of Arts General Office. Similarly, Honours courses may be taken by students in the General or Advanced Major programs with the written consent of the de­partment head or program coordinator.

3.1 General Degree Program

3.1.1 Its General Purpose

The General Degree in the Faculty of Arts involves taking courses in what are traditionally referred to as the "liberal" arts. The goal of a liberal arts education is to provide students with an education in the humanities and social sciences and at the same time prepare them for future careers. An Arts education is intended to provide students with "employability skills" that are highly valued by employers and needed in the contemporary workplace. Some of these skills include reading, writing, listening, speaking effectively, knowledge of language, critical thinking, problem solving, basic numeracy, information literacy, and an appreciation of our cultural, political, and economic milieu.

The General Degree would not normally prepare students for graduate studies. Most graduate programs require students complete a four year degree. Therefore students interested in a graduate program should complete the Bachelor of Arts Advanced or Honours Degree Program following discussion with a departmental graduate program advisor.

3.1.2 Entrance into the B.A. General Degree Program

1) At the point of admission or transfer to the Faculty of Arts all students proceeding to an undergraduate B.A. Degree are automatically in the General Degree Pro­gram. Subsequently, students may apply through the Faculty of Arts General Of­fice for admission to either the Advanced Degree Program or the Honours Degree program.

2) All students who have completed 30 credit hours of coursework are en­couraged to declare a Major and a Minor. Once the Major(s) or Minor is declared it can be changed to a different subject field at some later regis­tration. Students may also declare a second or Double Major in lieu of a Minor. Stu­dents who want to declare a Double Major must complete a Double Major declaration form available in the Faculty of Arts General Office or on the Faculty of Arts website. Students should note that for entry into most Ma­jors/Minors, the faculty requirement is a grade of “C” or better in the prerequisite course(s).

For entry into a Major(s)/Minor requiring courses from more than one de­partment, the faculty requirement is an average of “C” or better in all courses which are eligible to count towards the Major(s)/Minor.

For detailed information regarding entry and specific course requirements for Majors and Minors, see the specific listing for the relevant department in Sections 8 and 9 of this Calendar.

Students who have not declared a Major or Minor by the time 60 credit hours of coursework have been completed, will not be able to continue registration until a Major/Minor is declared.

3.1.3 Requirements for Continuing in the B.A. General Degree Program

1) By the time students complete 60 credit hours, they should have six credit hours in each of five different subject fields.

2) Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, must by the time they have com­pleted 60 credit hours have successfully completed or be registered for at least three credit hours in a course with significant content in written Eng­lish and at least three credit hours in a course in mathematics. (See the Chapter General Academic Regulations and Requirements, Appendix A: List of Approved Written English and Mathematics Courses, or search Au­rora Student for the course attributes "Written English Requirement" or "Mathematics Requirement.")

3) Students must meet the minimum performance level as outlined in Sec­tion 5.10.

3.1.4 Ten Faculty Requirements for Graduating with a B.A. General Degree

1) A student must successfully complete 90 credit hours of courses accept­able for credit in the Faculty of Arts (see Section 5.2) with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (i.e. “C” or better) on these 90 credit hours.

The 90 credit hours of passed coursework must include the remaining nine faculty requirements.

2) There must be at least six credit hours from subject fields designated Humanities and at least six credit hours from subject fields designated Social Science, and at least six credit hours from subject fields offered by the Faculty of Sci­ence (see Section 5.1.1).

3) There must be at least six credit hours completed in each of five different subject fields (as listed in Section 5.1.1). In addition, a subject field may also satisfy other Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements such as Humanities, or Social Sciences, or Sciences, or Mathematics, or Written English.

4) Major: There must be 30 credit hours which constitute a Major in one of the subject fields approved by the Faculty of Arts (see Section 5.1.1). The student must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (i.e. “C”) or better in courses where a final grade is recorded and that are used to­ward the Major including only the last grade of any course that has been repeated and excluding any failed course(s). A student who declares only one Major must also complete a Minor. A student who declares a Double Major will not be required or allowed to complete a Minor, but must complete five full course equivalents as specified by the Major department (i.e. 30 hours of credit in each subject field). Students who have questions about a Major in a particular subject are strongly urged to consult an instructor in the appropriate department. A Major may be declared once the prerequisite is satisfied.

Students who declare and complete a Major in Global Political Economy will not be required nor allowed to complete a separate field for a Minor for purposes of satisfying the degree requirements.

5) Minor: There must be 18 credit hours which are in a subject field that is different from that of the declared Major, and which constitute a Minor in one of the subject fields approved by the Faculty of Arts (see Section 5.1.1). A student who declares only one Major must also complete a Minor. A stu­dent who declares a Double Major will not be required nor allowed to com­plete a Minor. A Minor may be declared once the prerequisite has been satisfied. A student who has 18 credit hours in more than one subject field can declare only one of them as a Minor (that is, it is not possible to declare a "Double Minor"). No course can be used to satisfy both the Major(s) and the Minor requirement. A Minor may be declared once the prerequisite is satisfied.

6) There must be at least 30 credit hours of coursework taken and successfully completed outside the Major(s) and Minor subject fields. In addition, there must be at least 12 credit hours of coursework taken and successfully completed in any subject acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts including courses in the Major(s) and Minor. Note: Students who complete a Double Major will satisfy this 12 credit hour requirement within their Double Major.

7) Normally, a student’s Major and Minor cannot be from the same department. (For details on these six exceptions, see the depart­mental listings in Section 8 for Classics; English, Film, and Theatre; French, Spanish and Italian; German and Slavic Studies; Judaic Studies; and Native Studies.)

8) There must be at least 60 credit hours that have been taught by the Fac­ulty of Arts (may include up to 24 credit hours from the Department of Mathematics, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music List A or Art History courses considered as Humanities, see Section 5.1.1), or which have been accepted on transfer as equivalent to courses taught by the Faculty of Arts.

9) There must be at least 30 credit hours numbered at or above the 2000 level.

10) Residency Requirement: A student in the B.A. General Degree Program must complete University of Manitoba residency requirements (see Section 5.3 for details).

3.2 Advanced Degree Program

3.2.1 Its General Purpose

This program is intended primarily to serve students who desire a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the Major. The Advanced Degree in the Faculty of Arts involves taking courses in what are traditionally referred to as the "liberal" arts. The goal of a liberal arts education is to provide students with an education in the humanities and social sciences and at the same time prepare them for future careers. An Arts education is intended to provide students with "employability skills" that are highly valued by employers and needed in the contemporary workplace. Some of these skills include: reading, writing, listening, speaking effectively, research, information management, knowledge of language, critical thinking, problem solving, basic numeracy, information literacy, and an appreciation of our historical, cultural, political, and economic milieu.

The Advanced Degree Program is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree. The Advanced Degree offers the time in the degree to take advantage of opportunities for international focus and experience.

While most graduate programs require students complete an Honours Degree, it may be possible to enter a graduate program on the basis of the Advanced Degree. Students should discuss this possibility with a departmental graduate program advisor.

3.2.2 Entrance to the B.A. Advanced Degree Program

1) To enter an Advanced Degree Program, a student must have successfully completed six credit hours in each of four different subject fields (see Section 5.1.1), and also complete an application form which is available in the Faculty of Arts General Office or on-line at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/student/index.html and have it approved by an academic advisor. At the point of admission to the Advanced Degree Program, the student must indicate their intention to complete a Single Advanced Major or a Double Advanced Major.

Once admitted to the Faculty of Arts it is possible to enter this program at any point up to one month prior to graduation provided the student has successfully completed six credit hours in each of four different subject fields.

2) All students are required, upon entering the Single Advanced Major Program, to declare a Major and Minor. Students entering the Double Advanced Major Program are required to declare two Majors. Students should note that for entry into a Major(s) requiring cours­es from only one department, the faculty requirement is a grade of “C” or better in the prerequisite course(s).

For entry into a Major(s) requiring courses from more than one department, the faculty requirement is that the student must have an average of “C” or better in all courses which are eligible to count towards the Major.

For additional information regarding entrance into Majors (such as which courses are eligible for counting as fulfilling the Major) see the specific list­ing for the relevant department in Sections 8 and 9. Students with ques­tions about an Advanced Major in a particular subject should consult an instructor in the appropriate department.

3) For entry to the Minor a grade of “C” or better in the prerequisite course(s) is required.

3.2.3 Requirements for Continuing in the B.A. Advanced Degree Program

1) Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, must by the time they have com­pleted 60 credit hours have successfully completed or be registered for at least three credit hours in a course with significant content in written Eng­lish and at least three credit hours in a course in mathematics. (See the Chapter General Academic Regulations and Requirements, Appendix A: List of Approved Written English and Mathematics Courses, or search Au­rora Student for the course attributes "Written English Requirement" or "Mathematics Requirement.")

2) Students must meet the minimum performance level as outlined in Sec­tion 5.10.

3.2.4 Ten Faculty Requirements for Graduating with a B.A. Advanced Degree

1) A student must successfully complete 120 credit hours from among the courses acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts (see Section 5.2), with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (i.e. “C” or better) on these 120 credit hours. (Students who choose to complete a Double Advanced Major will be required to complete more than 120 credit hours.)

The 120 credit hours of passed coursework must include the remaining nine faculty requirements.

2) There must be at least six credit hours in Humanities subject fields and at least six credit hours in Social Science subject fields, and at least six credit hours in courses taught by the Faculty of Science (see Section 5.1.1).

3) There must be at least six credit hours completed in each of five different subject fields (as listed in Section 5.1.1). In addition, a subject field may also satisfy other Bachelor of Arts requirements such as Humanities, or Social Sciences, or Sciences, or Mathematics, or Written English.

4) Single Advanced Major: There must be at least 48 credit hours which constitute a Single Advanced Major in one of the subject fields approved by the Faculty of Arts (see Section 5.1.1). The student must have a grade point average of 2.00 (i.e. “C”) or better in courses where a final grade is recorded that are used toward the Major including only the last grade of any course that has been repeated and excluding any failed course(s). A student who declares a Single Ad­vanced Major must also complete a Minor with the exception of students whose Major is Global Political Economy. Students with an Advanced Major in Global Political Economy will not be required nor allowed to complete a Minor for purposes of satisfying the degree requirements.

Double Advanced Major: There must be at least 42 credit hours which constitute a Double Advanced Major in each of two subject fields approved by the Faculty of Arts (see Section 5.1.1). The student must have a grade point average of 2.00 (i.e. "C") or better in courses where a final grade is recorded that are used toward each Major including only the last grade of any course that has been repeated and excluding any failed course(s). A student who declares a Double Ad­vanced Major will not be required nor allowed to complete a Minor, but must complete the Double Advanced Major in accordance with the requirements as specified by the Major department. A Major may be declared once the prerequisite has been satisfied.

Note: No course can be used to satisfy both the Single Advanced Major and Minor requirement.  Similarily no course can be used to satisfy both Double Advanced Majors. Not every department offers a Single or Double Advanced Major. See the depart­mental listings in Sections 8 and 9 for information.

5) Minor: There must be 18 credit hours in a field that is different from the Single Advanced Major, and which constitute a Minor in one of the subject fields approved by the Faculty of Arts (see Section 5.1.1). A student who declares a Single Advanced Major must also complete a Minor. A student who declares a Double Advanced Major will not be required nor allowed to complete a Minor. No course can be used to satisfy both the Advanced Ma­jor(s) and the Minor requirement. A student having 18 credit hours in more than one subject field can declare only one of them as his/her Minor. A Minor may be declared once the prerequisite has been satisfied.

6) A student who declares a Single Advanced Major with a Minor must have at least 42 credit hours in subjects other than those used towards the Single Advanced Major and Minor subject fields. In addition, students in a Single Advanced Major must successfully complete 12 credit hours of coursework in any subject acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts including courses in the Major and Minor.

A student who de­clares a Double Advanced Major must have at least 36 credit hours in subjects other than those used towards their Double Advanced Major subject fields.

7) Normally, a student’s Single or Double Advanced Major and Minor can­not be from the same department. (For exceptions, see the departmental listings, in Section 8, for Classics; English, Film and The­atre; French, Spanish and Italian; German and Slavic Studies; Judaic Stud­ies; and Native Studies.)

8) There must be at least 81 credit hours that have been taught by the Fac­ulty of Arts (may include up to 36 credit hours from the Department of Mathematics, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music List A or Art History courses considered as Humanities, see Section 5.1.1), or which have been accepted on transfer as equivalent to courses taught by the Faculty of Arts.

9) There must be at least 42 credit hours numbered at or above the 2000 level.

10) Residency Requirement: A student in the B.A. Advanced Degree Pro­gram must complete University of Manitoba residency requirements (see Section 5.3 for details).

3.3 Honours Degree Program

3.3.1 Its General Purpose

This program is designed to provide a high degree of specialization in a subject field. The entrance requirements and evaluation of performance are at a higher level than the General or Advanced Degree programs. The Honours Degree program is the preferred program for students seeking entrance to graduate study.

3.3.2 Entrance to the B.A. Honours Degree Program

To enter an Honours Degree program, a student must complete an application form which is available in the Faculty of Arts General Office. Students must have successfully completed six credit hours in each of four different sub­ject fields (see Section 5.1.1), with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (3.25 for entry to Psychology) on all courses including failed and repeated courses. In addition, students are to have a grade point average of 3.0 (3.25 for entry to Psychology) or better in all course(s) in the intended Hon­ours subject field(s) including failed and repeated courses. Students apply­ing for Honours History must have a grade of “B” or higher in all 3000 and 4000 level History courses.

3.3.3 Requirements for Continuing in the B.A. Honours Degree Program

1) Prior to each registration, Honours students must have their courses approved by the department in person, and then by the Faculty of Arts General Of­fice, and cannot make any subsequent changes without receiving prior per­mission from their department and the Faculty General Office.

2) Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, must by the time they have com­pleted 60 credit hours have successfully completed or be registered for at least three credit hours in a course with significant content in written Eng­lish and at least three credit hours in a course in mathematics. (See the Chapter General Academic Regulations and Requirements, Appendix A: List of Approved Written English and Mathematics Courses, or search Au­rora Student for the course attributes "Written English Requirement" or "Mathematics Requirement.").

3) To continue in an Honours Degree program, the student must maintain a degree grade point average of 3.0 (3.25 for Psychology) at each point of as­sessment on all courses where a final grade is recorded (as well as meet any additional departmental requirements there may be). In order to continue in Honours History students must also maintain a “B” grade or higher in each History course at the 3000 and 4000 levels.

Students who fail to maintain the required minimum degree grade point average are required to withdraw from the Honours Degree program. They will be automatically placed in the General Degree Program and will have the fol­lowing academic assessment permanently recorded on their transcript: “Required to Withdraw from the Honours Program.” These students may be eligible to apply to the Advanced Degree Program.

3.3.4 Four Faculty Requirements for Graduating with a B.A. Honours Degree

It should be noted that not every department has an Honours Degree program. For specific information on available single and Double Honours, please con­sult the specific listing for the relevant department in Section 8.

Note: Students in an Honours Degree program who satisfy the requirements for a Minor (in accordance with the Minor requirements listed under the B.A. General Degree; Section 3.1.4, point 5 - Minor) may request to have the Mi­nor recorded on their transcript. These students must come to the Faculty of Arts General Office to formally declare their intention to have their Mi­nor recorded on their transcript.

1) The number of credit hours which a student must successfully complete in order to receive an Honours Degree ranges from 108 to 120, depending on the specific requirements of the individual department. Information on the specific course requirements for the individual departments will be found in Section 8.

2) In order to graduate a student in the B.A. Honours Degree program must satisfy the University of Manitoba residency requirements (see Section 5.3 for details) and attain a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0 on all coursework where a final grade is recorded.

3) Included among the courses presented for graduation there is to be at least six credit hours completed in each of five different subject fields (as listed in Section 5.1.1).

4) Among the courses presented for graduation there must be at least six credit hours in Humanities subject fields and six credit hours in So­cial Science subject fields, and at least six credit hours in courses offered by the Faculty of Science (see Section 5.1.1).

3.4 Bachelor of Arts Degree Program Requirements Chart

GENERAL DEGREE PROGRAM
(90 Credit Hours)

ADVANCED DEGREE PROGRAM
(120 Credit Hours)

HONOURS DEGREE PROGRAM
(108-120 Credit Hours)

REQUIREMENT 1: Major(s) or Honours     (See Section 8 for Major and Honours requirements)

- minimum 30 credit hours

- grade point average of 2.00 on all courses taken for purposes of satisfying the Major

- Single Advanced Major: minimum 48 credit hours (some departments require more)

- Double Advanced Major: minimum 42 credit hours

- grade point average of 2.00 on all courses taken for purposes of satisfying the Major

- Single Honours: varies by Honours subject field

- Double Honours: varies by Honours subject field(s)

REQUIREMENT 2: Minor     (See Section 8 for Minor requirements)

- minimum 18 credit hours; except when Major is Global Political Economy

- minimum 18 credit hours; except when Major is Global Political Economy or students in a Double Advanced Major Program

- optional Minor (see note in Section 3.3.4)

 

REQUIREMENT 3: Options

- minimum 30 credit hours outside student's chosen Major(s) and Minor

- minimum 12 credit hours in area of choice

- Single Advanced Major: minimum 42 credit hours outside student's chosen Major and Minor

- Single Advanced Major: minimum 12 credit hours in area of choice

- Double Advanced Major: minimum 36 credit hours outside student's chosen Majors

Single Honours: ancillary options: minimum 24 to 36 credit hours over years 2, 3, and 4

Double Honours: ancillary options: minimum 6 credit hours over years 2, 3, and 4

Within the above 3 requirements, students must also satisfy the following requirements. Note: a course may satisfy more than one requirement.

REQUIREMENT 4: Written English and Math

- Written English and Math Requirement (minimum 3 credit hours in each)

- Written English and Math Requirement (minimum 3 credit hours in each)

- Written English and Math Requirement (minimum 3 credit hours in each)

REQUIREMENT 5: Humanities Requirement     (See Section 5)

- 6 credit hours from subjects identified as Humanities

- 6 credit hours from subjects identified as Humanities

- 6 credit hours from subjects identified as Humanities

REQUIREMENT 6: Social Science Requirement     (See Section 5)

- 6 credit hours from subjects identified as Social Sciences

- 6 credit hours from subjects identified as Social Sciences

- 6 credit hours from subjects identified as Social Sciences

REQUIREMENT 7: Sciences Requirement     (See Section 5)

- 6 credit hours from course subjects taught by the Faculty of Science

- 6 credit hours from course subjects taught by the Faculty of Science

- 6 credit hours from course subjects taught by the Faculty of Science

REQUIREMENT 8: General Requirements

- 60 credit hours of courses must be taken from courses taught by the Faculty of Arts (may include 24 credit hours of Mathematics, Music or Art History courses)

- 30 credit hours must be at the 2000 level or higher

- 6 credit hours (c.h.) in each of 5 subject areas (e.g., 6 c.h. Psychology, 6 c.h. Economics, 6 c.h. Computer Science, 6 c.h. French, 6 c.h. Women's and Gender Studies)

- 81 credit hours of courses must be taken from courses taught by the Faculty of Arts (may include 36 credit hours of Mathematics, Music or Art History courses)

- 42 credit hours must be at the 2000 level or higher

- 6 credit hours (c.h.) in each of 5 subject areas (e.g., 6 c.h. Psychology, 6 c.h. Economics, 6 c.h. Computer Science, 6 c.h. French, 6 c.h. Women's and Gender Studies)

- 6 credit hours (c.h.) in each of 5 subject areas (e.g., 6 c.h. Psychology, 6 c.h. Economics, 6 c.h. Computer Science, 6 c.h. French, 6 c.h. Women's and Gender Studies)

REQUIREMENT 9: Residency Requirements

- degree: 48 credit hours or the final 30 credit hours must be taken at the University of Manitoba

- Major(s): 18 credit hours at the University of Manitoba

 

- degree: 60 credit hours must be taken at the University of Manitoba

- Single Advanced Major: 30 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on a Single Advanced Major requiring 48 to 57 credit hours; or 36 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on a Single Advanced Major requiring more than 57 credit hours

- Double Advanced Major: 27 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on a Double Advanced Major requiring 42 credit hours

 

- degree: must satisfy a residency requirement as specified in Section 5.3

- Honours subject(s): 33 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on single Honours requiring 54 to 69 credit hours; or 39 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on single Honours requiring more than 69 credit hours; or 24 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on Double or Joint Honours requiring 42 to 45 credit hours; or 21 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on Double or Joint Honours requiring less than 42 credit hours; or 33 credit hours at the University of Manitoba on Double or Joint Honours requiring more than 45 credit hours

REQUIREMENT 10: Graduating Grade Point Average (GPA)

- 2.00 grade point average on 90 credit hours of passed coursework offered for degree credit

- 2.00 grade point average on 120 credit hours of passed coursework offered for degree credit

- 3.00 grade point average on total passed credit hours offered for degree credit

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