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, Political Science, 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 (This option may not be available after Sept. 1, 2009. Please contact an AU advisor to confirm.). 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
The degree conversion provision is available to Athabasca University students who have been awarded a three-year AU degree and wish to convert to a four-year degree. Students with the three-year Bachelor of Arts degree may convert that degree into the four-year Bachelor of Arts program. For more information about this regulation, please review the Degree Conversion Provision Policy.
Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.
Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.
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.