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Adding a Specialization Outside the Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts students are permitted to complete one of the following specializations offered by Faculties other than the Faculty of Arts. Note that the primary specialization in the degree must be completed in Arts. Students are advised to be mindful of the Arts Credit Minimum. See Degree Requirements and Credit Requirements and Regulations.

Minor in Commerce

The Minor in Commerce exposes students to various business disciplines: accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behaviour and business strategy. Enrolment in this program is strictly limited, and admission is competitive. The online application form, which can be found on the Arts Undergraduate website, is available each year between March 1st and May 31st.

Prior to the May 31st application deadline, applicants must:

  • be eligible for no less than second-year standing in the Faculty of Arts;
  • have a cumulative average of at least 60%;
  • have completed all pre-requisites:
    • the Writing Component of the Writing and Research Requirement;
    • ECON 101 and 102, or ECON 310 and 311, or a combination of both; and
    • one of MATH 100, 102, 104, 110, 120, 180, or 184.

    Meeting the stated minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the Minor. Students with more than 12 transfer credits equivalent to the COMM courses required for completion of the Minor may be ineligible for the program due to the 50% rule. See Credit Requirements and Regulations. Successful applicants are notified via email in June.

    Completion of the Minor in Commerce requires the following courses, for a total of 18 credits:

    • COMM 329 (3), COMM 457 (3), COMM 465 (3), COMM 473 (3), COMM 493 (3); and
    • one of COMM 398 (3) or COMM 458 (3).

    While these requirements are normally completed over two years or more, it may be possible to complete the Minor in a single year.

    Minor in Education

    The Minor in Education allows Bachelor of Arts students to combine Arts subject content with an area of Education through which that content can be more broadly explored and applied. These investigations through the lens of education can lead to career options involving education theory and pedagogy, both for teaching careers and other professional goals. The Minor does not qualify students to teach in the K-12 system; however, it does provide pre-requisites to higher education programs and required courses necessary for specialized teacher education.

    The Minor consists of 30 credits, 18 of which are drawn from specified core Education courses and 12 of which are drawn from supportive Arts courses at the 300-400 level. Four different versions are available:

    • Special Education
    • Interpersonal Development
    • Community, Adult and Higher Education
    • Early Childhood Education

    Students who wish to declare the Minor must be eligible for 3rd year standing. Arts subject courses must be chosen in consultation with Arts Advising, preferably prior to declaration; Arts Advising may consult with the Teacher Education office for final approval of these courses.

    Education subject courses consist of the following:

    • Special Education: EPSE 303, EPSE 312, EPSE 316, EPSE 348, EPSE 436, EPSE 437
    • Interpersonal Development: CNPS 362, CNPS 363, CNPS 364, CNPS 365, CNPS 427, CNPS 433
    • Community, Adult and Higher Education: ADHE 327, ADHE 329, ADHE 330, ADHE 412, plus two additional Education courses chosen in consultation with academic advising in the Faculty of Education
    • Early Childhood Education: ECED 400, ECED 401, ECED 406, ECED 407, ECED 420, ECED 421

    Minor in Land and Food Systems

    The Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers five optional minors for Arts students. Upon declaration of one of the following five minor options, the notation "Minor in [Subject]" will be denoted on the student's transcript. Note that most upper-level Land and Food Systems and Science courses have lower-level pre-requisites. Interested students are encouraged to meet with an Arts Academic Advisor as early as possible to discuss program planning.

    The Applied Animal Biology Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from APBI 311, 312, 314, 315, 316, 327 (BIOL 327), 398, 410, 411, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 419, 427 (BIOL 411), 496, BIOL 310, 325, 425; PSYC 306.

    The Applied Plant and Soil Sciences Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from APBI 318, 322, 324 (BIOL 324), 327 (BIOL 327), 328 (BIOL 317), 342 (FRST 310), 351 (BIOL 351/FRST 311), 401, 402, 403, 426 (BIOL 421), 428, 440 (BIOL 440), 444 (FRST 444).

    The Food and Resource Economics Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from ECON 371, FRE 302, 306, 340, 374 (ECON 374), 385, 402, 420, 460, 490.

    The Food Science Minor will consist of 18 credits selected from FNH 300, 301, 302, 303, 309, 313, 330, 335, 402, 403, 413.

    The Nutritional Sciences Minor will consist of FNH 250, 350, 351, and 12 credits selected from FNH 301, 355, 370, 398, 402, 451, 454, 455, 471, 473, 474, 477, 490 for a total of 21 credits.

    Space in many Science and Land and Food Systems courses is limited. Admission to a Land and Food Systems minor does not provide priority access to courses agreed upon for the minor.

    Minor in Science

    The Minor in Science allows students to explore any of the disciplines taught in the Faculty of Science through a customized program of study. An acceptable program must comprise courses recognized for credit in the Faculty of Science and acceptable for a BSc Major (or Minor) in the proposed subject area or field. Interested students are advised to meet with an Arts Academic Advisor as early as possible to discuss program planning and to have their proposed Minor approved. A Minor in Science may be declared in second year or later.

    The proposed Minor must include at least 18 credits numbered 300 or higher in a single subject or field of specialization, together with any necessary prerequisites for those upper-level courses. Students should design a coherent and academically sound course of studies for their proposed Minor and, to this end, are encouraged to consult the website of the relevant Science department and/or Departmental Advising as part of their program planning. Note that space in many courses is limited and admission to a Science Minor does not guarantee a seat in courses agreed upon for the Minor.

    The following restrictions apply:

    • B.A. Geography Majors may not minor in any of the following disciplines: Geography, Geology, Geophysics, or Oceanography
    • B.A. Mathematics Majors may not minor in B.Sc. Mathematics
    • B.A. Psychology Majors may not minor in B.Sc. Behavioural Neuroscience

    Double Major Program in Arts and Science

    Students with a deeper interest in both Arts and Science disciplines may choose to further enrich their studies by completing a Double Major in Arts and Science. In this program, students must satisfy the requirements for both a Major in Arts and a Major in Science. This normally entails the completion of more than 120 total credits. The following requirements must also be met:

    Interested students are advised to meet with an Arts Academic Advisor as early as possible to discuss program planning. They are further advised that a Science Major is normally declared in second year, and admission may require a separate application process and a competitive admission average. Students should read the website and/or meet with the Departmental Advisor for the Science program they are interested in pursuing as early in their degree as possible.

    If they are qualified for admission, students may attempt an Honours/Major or Double Honours program. Entry requires high academic standing and a clear academic plan.

    Note that students completing an Arts Major in Cognitive Systems, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, or Psychology may not also complete a Science Major in the same discipline.

    Page last updated: May 23, 2017

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