Academic Calendar

1. General Information

The Faculty of Arts offers a wide range of programs based on research in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.  Students have many opportunities to include both traditional disciplines and/or new and interdisciplinary fields of study in their degrees.   In the Faculty of Arts, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.), and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree (B.E.S.).

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a well-established, foundational degree recognized both across Canada and around the world.  A general education component that helps students develop a broad base of knowledge and skills is central to the degree.  Students also specialize in the theory and methods of selected fields of study.  The B.A. degree encourages students to develop a broad sense of citizenship, international experience, a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective, and it prepares students for entry into various professional schools (e.g. education, law, social work), employment in various careers, or graduate-level training and research.

The following three types of B.A. degrees are available:

BA – Major

 

BA – Honours

 

BA – General

(Double Concentration)

Students develop a considerable level of conceptual sophistication, intellectual autonomy, and specialization in a particular field.

 

This is the standard B.A. program taken by most students.

Students develop a high level of conceptual sophistication, intellectual autonomy, and specialization in a particular field.  Students carry out independent scholarly research and show capacity for advanced intellectual work.

This program is intended for high-achieving students planning post-graduate studies.

Students develop a moderate level of conceptual sophistication, and focus in at least two fields of study.

 

This degree can satisfy entry requirements for certain professional programs, or provide access to certain careers.

New students are normally admitted into the BA-Major program (120 credit hours).  Alternatively, students may choose the BA-General program (90 credit hours).  Students wishing to complete a BA-Honours program may seek admission at a later stage provided they have achieved a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00.


 

2. Requirements for Completing a B.A. Degree

 

 

BA – Major

 

BA – Honours 

BA – General

(Double Concentration)

120 credit hours

120 credit hours

90 credit hours

Basic Arts Requirements

(see details below)

Basic Arts Requirements

(see details below)

Basic Arts Requirements

(see details below)

66 credit hours: 2000 level or higher in Arts

66 credit hours: 2000 level or higher in Arts 

48 credit hours: 2000 level or higher in Arts

A minimum of 36 and maximum of 48 credit hours to complete a selected Major (as specified by Departments or Programs).

At least 60 credit hours in the Honours subject, of which 48 credit hours must be at the 2000 level or higher

24 distinct credit hours in each of two Arts areas (for a total of 48 to complete the two concentrations) with at least 18 in each area at the 2000 level or above.

Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.00 in the credits constituting the Major.

 Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00 in the credits constituting the Honours subject, with grades of B or higher in at least 48 credit hours, and no grade lower than C. Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.00 in the credits constituting the two concentrations.
 A Minor may be declared as part of the degree program.  A Minor may be declared as part of the degree program.  Minors in any Arts areas are not allowed.

A Minor in a non-Arts area or a Minor in Business may be declared.

 Up to thirty (30) credit hours from non-Arts fields of study may count toward the degree.  Up to thirty (30) credit hours from non-Arts fields of study may count toward the degree.  Up to eighteen (18) credit hours from non-Arts fields of study may count toward the degree.
 Minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 2.00  Minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 3.00  Minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 2.00
COOP Degree Option Available (details directly below) COOP Degree Option Available (details directly below)  

 

3. Basic Arts Requirements - The First Thirty Credit Hours

The Basic Arts Requirements are the “general education” core of the B.A. degree, and are designed to develop the broad base of knowledge and skills that are central and foundational for any B.A. degree.  Students are strongly encouraged to build their first year (the first 30 credit hours) using the Basic Arts Requirements as the framework. 

Basic Arts Requirements

a. ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature - or at the discretion of the Chairperson of the English Department, an alternative three (3) credit hours in English;

b. Six (6) credit hours from one or two of the following: 

 

  • Philosophy 1200 (Critical Thinking) (No other Philosophy course satisfies this requirement.)
  • Or Mathematics [including MGSC 1205; MGSC 1206; and CISY 1225]
  • Or a language other than English
  • Or a natural science (except Psychology)

c. The equivalent of nine (9) credit hours from at least TWO of the following Humanities: Classics, English other than ENGL 1205, History, Philosophy other than PHIL 1200, Religious Studies, and Modern Languages courses on literature and/or culture;

d. The equivalent of twelve (12) credit hours from at least two of the following Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. (A maximum of six (6) credit hours will be counted from any one area.)


 

Programs in the Bachelor of Arts

 

 

Honours

B.A.

(120-credit-hr)

 

B.A.

Major

(120-credit hr)

B.A.

General

Double Arts Concentration

(90-credit-hr)

 

 

Minor

 

 

Certificate

 

 

Elective Courses

Anthropology

 

Arabic

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Studies

 

Atlantic Canada Studies

Chinese

 

 

 

 

Classics

 

 

Criminology

 

 

Economics

 

Education

 

 

 

 

 

English

 

Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film Studies

 

 

 

 

French

 

Geography

 

German Studies

 

 

Hispanic Studies

 

 

 

 

 

History

 

International Development Studies

 

Irish Studies

 

 

Japanese

 

 

 

 

Latin American Studies

 

 

 

 

 

Linguistics

Mathematics

 

Philosophy

 

Political Science

 

Psychology

 

Religious Studies

 

Sociology

 

Spanish

 

Women & Gender Studies

 

 

 

 

 


4. Requirements for Completing a B.E.S Degree

Year 1

  • 15 required credit hours in social science and environmental science courses
  • 6 credit hours in Science electives
  • 3 credit hours in Communications
  • 6 credit hours in Humanities

 Year 2

  • 15 credit hours of required courses in cultural geography and life sciences
  • 6 credit hours in community development
  • 3 credit hours in environmental thought
  • 3 credit hours in policy
  • 3 credit hours in biogeography

Year 3

  • 3 credit hours in environmental management
  • 3 credit hours in environmental science
  • 3 credit hours in economic development
  • 3 credit hours in research methods
  • 6 credit hours in environmental thought and communications
  • 9 credit hours in BES electives

Year 4

  • 9 credit hours in required capstone courses
  • 9 credit hours in BES electives
  • 12 credit hours of free electives

For details about program requirements and course descriptions, please refer to the Environmental Studies section of the Academic Calendar.

 

5. Declaration of Program 5. Declaration of Program 5. Declaration of Program

Bachelor of Arts - Major

B.A. students, in consultation with the designated Department and/or Program advisor, must formally declare the particular field of study in which they wish to take their Major not later than the completion of sixty (60) credit hours.  For full-time students, this normally means by the end of their second year.

It is possible to declare a Double Major (i.e., two majors, one in each of two different subject areas).  It is also possible to declare a Minor as part of the Bachelor of Arts – Major degree program.

The Faculty of Arts offers Major programs in the following fields of study:

The regulations governing the Major program will be those in effect at the time of the declaration of the Major.  It is possible for students to change their Major at a later stage.


 

Bachelor of Arts – Honours

The Faculty of Arts offers Honours programs in the following fields of study:

It is possible to take Double Honours in any two of these fields of study.  It is also possible to declare a Minor as part of the Bachelor of Arts – Honours degree program.

B.A. students, in consultation with the designated Department and/or Program advisor, must formally declare the particular field of study in which they wish to take an Honours degree after completing eighteen (18) credit hours in the field, or after completingsixty (60) credit hours in the BA. 

The prerequisite for admission into the B.A. – Honours is a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.  Students seeking admission to the B.A. – Honours will be assessed also on the basis of their overall academic record.

To continue in the program, students must achieve a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00.  Students are advised that some academic units have stipulated a higher minimum cumulative grade point average.

To graduate, students must achieve a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00. Students are advised that some academic units have stipulated a higher minimum cumulative grade point average.

For a double honours degree, students must complete not fewer than forty-two (42) credit hours in each of two honours subjects. At least sixty (60) of these credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above, including a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in each subject. Students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the double honours courses, with grades of B or higher in at least sixty-six (66) credit hours, and no grade lower than C.


 

Bachelor of Arts – General (Double Arts Concentrations)

B.A. students, in consultation with the designated Department and/or Program advisors, must formally declare the two (2) subject areas in the Faculty of Arts in which they wish to complete the Double Arts Concentration Requirement not later than the completion of thirty (30) credit hours.  For full-time students, this normally means by the end of their first year.

Students can do their B.A. Concentrations in the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Atlantic Canada Studies
  • Classics
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • History
  • International Development Studies
  • Irish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

The regulations governing this program will be those in effect at the time of declaration.


 

Minors

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts - Major or a Bachelor of Arts – Honours have the option of declaring one or more Minors as part of their degree program.  The following Minors are available for such students:

 Minors in Arts

  •  Anthropology
  •  Asian Studies
  •  Atlantic Canada Studies
  •  Classics
  •  Criminology
  •  Economics
  •  English
  •  Film Studies
  •  French
  •  Geography
  •  German Studies
  •  History
  •  International Development Studies
  •  Irish Studies
  •  Linguistics
  •  Latin American Studies
  •  Mathematics
  •  Philosophy
  •  Political Science
  •  Psychology
  •  Religious Studies
  •  Sociology
  • Spanish

Minors in Business

  • Business

Minors in Science

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Geology
  • Physics

To satisfy the requirements for a Minor in Arts, students must complete at least twenty-four (24) credit hours in the field of study.  At least twelve (12) of these credit hours must be at the 2000 level or above.  Specific Departmental requirements may apply to particular Minors; see discipline statements in Section 4 of the Calendar.

Minors in Business and Science require a minimum of 30 credit hours.  Requirements for the Minor in Business can be found in the next section on programs in the Sobey School of Business.  For requirements for minors in Science, see the discipline statements in Section 4 of this Calendar.

 


 

 

 

6. Non-Arts Credits

Students may count towards a Bachelor of Arts – Major or Honours thirty (30) credit hours outside of the recognized Arts subjects.  Recognized Arts subjects are those in which a student may pursue a BA - major.  With a Bachelor of Arts - General degree, the equivalent of up to eighteen (18) credit hours from outside the range of recognized Arts subjects may be counted.  The following courses are acceptable as Arts credits: MGMT 2383,  MGMT 2384,  MGSC 1205,  MGSC 1206,  MGSC 2207, CISY 1225 and all courses in Education (EDUC prefix).


 

7. Certificates

Certificates in Arts

The Faculty of Arts offers a number of Certificate programs.  Students can take these programs either as an add-on to their B.A. degree program, or separate from a degree program. 

Certificate in Human Resource Management

It is also possible for students in the Faculty of Arts to complete the Certificate in Human Resource Management either on a stand-alone basis through the Department of Psychology, or in combination with a Major in Psychology:

Certificate of Honours Equivalency

Students who have graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts – Major or Double Concentration may earn a Certificate of Honours Equivalency by returning to the University and completing all of the requirements specified for Honours in the subject. 

Students who have earned a first undergraduate degree from another post-secondary institution may be admitted to the Certificate if they have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above.  Admission requires the approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Dean. Advanced standing will be granted in accordance with Academic Regulation 20.  Students must complete at least 30 additional credit hours at Saint Mary’s and satisfy all course and grade requirements for the honours program.


 

8. Cooperative Education Programs

Bachelor of Arts Cooperative Education Program

The Faculty of Arts offers a cooperative (COOP) education option for the Bachelor of Arts 120 credit hour degree. The COOP degree option is a dynamic approach to university education which integrates academic classroom studies with related practical work experiences outside the formal university environment. The principle upon which this concept is based is that learning and individual development are greatly enhanced when the concepts studied in the classroom are periodically applied, tested and observed by the students in meaningful work situations. Furthermore through this program, students have an excellent opportunity to observe and learn how to function in professional work environments. 

1. Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Cooperative Education Programs

a.     Enrolment in the cooperative education option is limited and admission is on a competitive basis. The requirements listed below are the normal minimums. Satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

b.     Students are considered for admission to the cooperative education option after the completion of forty-five (45) credit hours (normally, this will occur at the end of the first semester of the second year) and declaration of a Major (or admission to an Honors).

c.     The normal admission requirement to the cooperative education program is a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70.

d.     Candidates will be admitted to a cooperative education program on the basis of their interest, aptitude, and assessed ability to combine successfully the academic requirements of a major program together with the special work-term requirements of the program.

2. Requirements for Continuance in and Graduation from the Cooperative Education Program

a.     Students must complete all of the regular requirements for a Bachelor of Arts 120 credit hour degree. Students are advised that pursuing a cooperative education option may delay degree completion. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule their courses to satisfy major/honors requirements.

b.      In addition to the above requirements, students must officially register for and complete three work terms.

c.     To continue in and graduate from the cooperative education program, students must earn a minimum degree grade point average of 2.70.

3. Policies and Regulations Governing Cooperative Education Work Terms

a.            The University will make every effort to locate work term positions for cooperative education students in academically related areas of employment, but cannot guarantee placements. Employment settings may also be identified by cooperative education students, but require the approval of the Arts Faculty.

b.            The satisfactory fulfillment of cooperative education work terms require:

(i) the completion of three terms of work experience in academically related paid employment situations of 13 to 16 weeks duration. Under certain circumstances, and with the approval of the appropriate department, students may be permitted to satisfy their work terms requirements in an unpaid position. Self-employment will be considered.

(ii) a satisfactory employer evaluation for each cooperative education work term (self-employed students will be evaluated by an individual selected by the department);

(iii) the satisfactory completion of a written report in the required format, submitted within 30 days after the end of each work term detailing the student’s work experience.

c.            A notation will be included on students’ academic transcripts following satisfactory completion of each work term.

d.     Graduating students who have successfully completed their cooperative work term requirements will have this noted on their academic transcripts. If, in addition, all other normal academic requirements are fulfilled, a “Cooperative Education” notation will be printed on their parchments.

e.            Students may be required to withdraw from the cooperative education option of their degree if:

(i) they are dismissed from, quit, or fail to accept an appropriate and approved cooperative work term position;
(ii) they fail to submit or successfully complete a work term report;
(iii) they do not maintain the required grade point average necessary for continuance in the Cooperative Education Program;
(iv) in the judgment of the faculty, they are no longer suited for the particular requirements of the Cooperative Education Program.

f.     Students who voluntarily withdraw from or who are required to withdraw from the Cooperative Education Program may remain enrolled in and continue with the major or honours degree program offered by their department.

g.     Cooperative Education students will be expected to attend any special seminars or colloquia developed by the Arts Faculty or the Cooperative Education Department, which deal with employment orientation and the application of formal academic study to work experiences.

h.     Academic study during work terms is discouraged. No more than six (6) credit hours may be taken during a work term. Up to six (6) credit hours within the student’s major subject may be taken on a Letter of Permission at another institution. This waiver of normal University policy is permitted only for study during work terms and only if the courses cannot be taken at Saint Mary’s University due to program sequencing.

4. Registration and Fees for Cooperative Education

a.     Students are required to register for all work terms, according to normal registration procedures, including all stipulated deadlines. Work terms will be officially designated on students’ transcripts as:

Work Term 1 = COOP 1000
Work Term 2 = COOP 2000
Work Term 3 = COOP 3000

b.            Students pay for their academic courses and work terms as they take them.

5. Timing and Sequencing of Work Terms

The basic principles behind a co-op education are that (a) work terms should build upon the studies in the preceding semester(s) and (b) work terms should enrich subsequent study terms. Ideally, work terms and study terms should alternate after the student has an academic foundation suitable for the first work term.

 

a.     Normally, the first work term will commence after the completion of the requirements for years 1 and 2 of the BA degree program.

b.     A “study term” is a semester of full -time study [minimum of 3 courses (nine (9) credit hours)]. Normally students must end their program with a study term.

c.     Normally, at least one work term must be in the fall or winter semester. That is, students are not permitted to complete all work terms in the summer.

d.     Back to back work terms are permissible only with prior approval of the Arts Faculty and the Cooperative Education department. These work terms must be with different employers or require significantly different job descriptions if with the same employer. Students must make application to the Cooperative Education department not less than one month before the start of the second work term, providing justification for back to back work terms and a job description for the second work term.

e.            Three work terms in succession, with no intervening full-time study term, are not permitted.

f.     Students may “stop out” for a semester, i.e., have a semester that is neither a work term nor a study term. Students must make application to the Cooperative Education department at least one month before the start of the “stop out” semester.


 

9. Dual Bachelor Degree Programs

Since it is possible to pursue two bachelor degrees from Saint Mary’s University, students may desire to arrange their courses so as to obtain a bachelor degree in any two of the following three Faculties - Arts, Science, or Business.

While the total time required is somewhat longer, such dual degree programs are quite feasible. In essence, students have to fulfill the degree requirements of each faculty with respect to required courses. Courses which are common to both degree programs and electives can be counted toward both degree programs.

Students who contemplate pursuing any dual degree program should consult with the Deans of both Faculties before embarking on their program of study.

If a student opts to graduate after completing only one of the degree programs, and subsequently wishes to complete the second program, the requirements are those for a second undergraduate degree as stated in Academic Regulation 25.


 

 

10.Second Undergraduate Degrees

Students wishing to complete a second undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s should consult Academic Regulation 25, Section 2 of this Academic Calendar.


 

11. Internationalization and the Bachelor of Arts Degree

The B.A. programs at Saint Mary's University offer a wide variety of learning opportunities to help students become citizens of the world.  Through the Faculty of Arts, students can gain cross-cultural experience and develop an international perspective.  Such preparation is valuable for entry into various careers and for effective engagement in the contemporary world.

The Faculty provides international learning opportunities in a number of ways:

 a.     Academic Programs with International Scope

  • Interdisciplinary “Area Studies” – Asian Studies, Atlantic Canada Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Irish Studies
  • Studies on Aspects of World Cultures – Anthropology, Classics, English, French, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies
  • Analysis of World Issues – Criminology, Economics, Geography, International Development Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology

b.     International Languages

In a world of increasing international mobility, there is particular advantage in acquiring competency in one or more international languages.  Furthermore, in Canada, a nation that is officially bilingual, there is significant advantage in acquiring a working knowledge of the French language.

It is possible to study the following languages in the Faculty of Arts:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Irish
  • Japanese
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Spanish

c.            International Field Schools and Study Abroad

The Faculty provides a variety of courses that involve field study in other parts of the world.  Such courses may be offered in the following programs:

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • English
  • German
  • Geography
  • International Development Studies

There are also opportunities to study abroad in such countries as France, Germany, Japan, China, Mexico.   Further information can be found at www.smu.ca/international/studying-or-working-abroad.html


12. Northern Studies Connection - Linkage with University of the Arctic

12. Northern Studies Connection - Linkage with University of the Arctic

Students in the Faculty of Arts have access to a range of courses relating to Northern Studies through various Departments and Programs, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Atlantic Canada Studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • History

For specific courses involving Northern Studies content, please refer to the relevant sections in the Academic Calendar.  For information on Northern Studies at Saint Mary’s University, contact the Dean of Arts at smarts@smu.ca.

Further opportunities for study are available through Saint Mary’s University’s membership in the University of the Arctic consortium.  Through this membership, Arts students can receive transfer credit for online courses completed through the University of the Arctic.  Also, any University of the Arctic courses hosted on campus at Saint Mary’s University can be taken for credit by Arts students at Saint Mary’s.

Certain courses required by University of the Arctic students who are pursing the Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies degree (B.C.S.) are offered through the Faculty of Arts at Saint Mary’s University.  The offerings change year to year; please refer to the University of the Arctic website for details, or contact the Dean of Arts at Saint Mary’s at smarts@smu.ca.


 

13. Graduate Studies

Details on graduate programs can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar.  The following Master of Arts programs are offered at Saint Mary’s University:

  • Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies
  • Master of Arts in Criminology
  • Master of Arts in Geography
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in International Development Studies
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies
  • Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies
  • Ph.D. in International Development Studies