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SECTION 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs - 3.2 Advanced Degree Program 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).

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