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Undergraduate Calendar 2012|13

Humanities Major

Humanities Major

Regulations effective September 1, 2011.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

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The following regulations are designed to ensure that on completing the major a student will have:

  1. good writing, critical thinking, and library research skills
  2. a basic reading knowledge of a second language
  3. experience in interdisciplinary study within the humanities
  4. experience of two or more traditional intellectual disciplines within the humanities, and
  5. taken a reasonable proportion of specialized courses at the senior (300/400) level.

Students who have any doubt about their essay writing, critical thinking, or library research skills are strongly advised to take one or more of the following courses at the outset of their university studies:
ENGL 255, PHIL 252, INFS 200.

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. 60 credits in designated major courses including a minimum of 30 senior (300 and 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
  2. Within these 60 credits students must also meet the language requirement by completing one of the following Athabasca University courses:
    FREN 201 First Year University French II

    GERM 203 Introductory German II

    INST 212 First Year University Cree II

    SPAN 301 Intermediate Spanish II

    Students may count the language course as 3 credits towards the 30 credits required in the following designated elective courses.

  3. A minimum of 30 credits selected from the following interdisciplinary core courses including a minimum of 6 senior (300 or 400) level credits.
    ARHI 201 A Survey of Western Art (3)
    ARHI 202 A Survey of Western Art II (3)
    CMNS 358 Popular Culture and the Media (3)
    ENGL 303 A History of Drama Part I: Early Stages (3)
    ENGL 304 A History of Drama Part II: Modernist Theatre (3)
    ENGL 358 Literature of the Americas (6)
    ENGL 401 The Faust Theme (3)
    ENGL 423 Advanced Literary Theory (3)
    GLST 308 Americas: An Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean (3)
    HIST 371 Early Medieval Europe, 400 – 1000 (3)
    HIST 372 High Medieval Europe (Medieval World II) (3)
    HIST 373 The Renaissance (3)
    HIST 374 The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation (3)
    HIST 404 Historical Foundations of Modern Science (3)
    HIST 407 The Enlightenment (3)
    HUMN All courses  
    PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, Technology, and the Environment (3)
    RELS 204 Introduction to World Religions (6)
    WGST 400/HIST 401 Feminism in the Western Tradition 1790s – 1940s (3)

    At least 30 additional credits from among the core courses or from among the following electives:

    ANTH 318 Ancient Civilizations of the Americas (3)
    CMNS 301 Communication Theory and Analysis (3)
    CMNS 302 Communication in History (3)
    CMNS 420 Topics in Communication: Children and Media (3)
    CMNS 423 The Television Age (3)
    CMNS 425 Film and Genre (3)
    ENGL All ENGL courses, except preparatory (100-level) courses  
    FREN 363 Le roman français du XXe siecle (3)
    FREN 374 Introduction a la litterature canadienne-française (6)
    GLST 307 The Pacific Century (3)
    GLST 381 Modern China (3)
    HIST All HIST courses  
    INST 368 History of Canada's First Nations to 1830 (3)
    INST 369 History of Canada's First Nations from 1830 (3)
    INST 370 The Métis (3)
    LBST 331 Women, Workers and Farmers: Histories of North American Popular Resistance (3)
    MUSI 267 Sound and Sense: Listening to Music (3)
    PHIL 252 Critical Thinking (3)
    POLI 307 Political Ideologies (3)
    WGST 200 Feminist Research and Women’s Lives (3)
    WGST 266 Thinking From Women’s Lives: An Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)
    WGST 401 Contemporary Feminist Theory (3)
    WGST 465 Special Projects in Women’s Studies (3)


Students enrolled in the second undergraduate degree program are advised to select courses within the major that fulfill the Social Science requirements. Failure to do so could result in the student being required to complete more than 60 credits in order to fulfill all of the regulations.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012.

Updated July 06, 2012