The four-year Bachelor of Arts provides students with a broad, flexible education that allows them to develop, understand, and disseminate knowledge, to think critically, and to build on these abilities. In addition, the four-year degree fully prepares students for most graduate programs.
The Bachelor of Arts remains a general degree and is not intended either as an honors or an advanced degree. Although you may change majors, a major must be selected when you enrol in the four-year Bachelor of Arts program. You may select from the following majors: Anthropology, Canadian Studies, English, French, History, Humanities, Information Systems, Labour Studies, Political Economy, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies.
Students enrolled in the three-year Bachelor of Arts program who wish to transfer to the four-year Bachelor of Arts program must complete a new Undergraduate General Application Form. Previous education will be reassessed and students will be notified of the results.
You are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 early in your program. However, the Alberta Universities Writing Competence Test may be used to indicate competence in English writing skills. The English writing skills requirement is waived for students enrolling in the second undergraduate degree.
Students in the Bachelor of Arts program, as either a first or second undergraduate degree, generally have the option to combine two majors, if they wish. Students who undertake double majors must fulfill all requirements for both majors. Depending upon the majors chosen, this may greatly restrict course selection (particularly in the second undergraduate degree program) or require the completion of more than 120 credits. Students considering enrolling in double majors should consult
with an Athabasca University advisor for assistance in selecting
their programs and courses.
Change of Major
You may change majors at any time. You will be placed in the current regulations. If you wish to remain in the regulations that were in effect at the time of your original enrolment, contact Admissions and Evaluations Services. Please reference the appropriate Calendar, e.g., 2002-2003 regulations. To request a change of major, complete and submit a new Undergraduate General Application Form. No fees are required.
Degree Conversion Provision
Effective Sept 1, 2005, students who have been awarded a three-year Athabasca University (AU) degree may convert from the three-year into the four-year program in the same major.
You must complete the program regulations in effect at the time of your enrolment into the four-year program degree. If you follow the conversion regulations and obtain your four-year degree, it will replace your three-year degree. You will be considered to have one four-year degree only,
Students who have completed a three-year degree that is now closed, may enrol in the four-year program. In these circumstances, considerably more than one year of study may be required.
The degree conversion provision is available to three-year AU program graduate students only. Graduates of other institutions must follow the second undergraduate degree regulations. If you choose to convert your three-year degree, please complete and submit a General Application Form. The appropriate courses that you completed in the three-year degree will be applied to the four-year degree. Admissions and Evaluation Services will notify you of the remaining courses required to complete your new degree.
In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, students have the option to take Bachelor of Arts courses in a classroom setting at Grande Prairie Regional College (Grande Prairie, AB) or Mount Royal College (Calgary, AB).
Students can complete the entire Bachelor of Arts, with a major in English, History, or Psychology, at Mount Royal College. Refer Section 9.3 for more information.