Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Why take a Bachelor of Arts degree?Bachelor of Arts programs as are varied as the people who take them. Award-winning poet and Professor of English Richard Harrison speaks to the value of an Arts degree.



Studies show that our grads — just a few years into their careers — have salaries on par with business degree holders.

According to Statistics Canada, in 2012, a Canadian-born Bachelor of Arts holder, aged 25-34, will earn over $10,000 more per year than someone with only a high school diploma.
Statistics Canada reports that, in December 2015, those with occupations in social science, education, government service, and religion made more per hour ($31.64/hour) than those in the business, finance and administrative occupations ($23.81/hour) and health occupations ($28.53/hour).

In 2014, the business magazine, Forbes, reported that, while graduates with a Humanities degree may begin their career in a lower-paying job, by mid-career, their salary is comparable to or higher than those with professional degrees.
According to Statistics Canada, in 2012, more Canadian-born Bachelor of Arts holders, aged 25-34, were employed than in other areas. In fact, during this period, such a person was employed full time for at least one year more than graduates in Visual and Performing Arts, Engineering, Health, Personal and Protective Services, and those with only a high school diploma.

Employers are looking for candidates with a variety of skills. According to a 2013 study (“It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success”), commissioned by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the top eight skills that employers are looking for are:

  1. Problem-solving in diverse settings;
  2. Ethical issues/public debates important to their field;
  3. Direct experiences with community problem solving;
  4. Civic knowledge, skills, and judgement essential for contributing to the community and to our democratic society;
  5. Critical thinking and analytic reasoning;
  6. Complex problem solving;
  7. Written and oral communication; and
  8. Broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences

Indeed, 93% of employers reported that they value a “demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems” more than the major of a candidate’s degree.

These skills are the focus of a Bachelor of Arts degree. Regardless of the major you choose, you will gain valuable transferable skills including research, written and verbal communication, complex problem solving, knowledge of key public and ethical debates and topics, and critical thinking skills. In addition, at Mount Royal University, these skills will be paired with the opportunity to have direct community involvement through Community Service Learning courses, practica, and internships, not to mention international and local field schools.

Arts Departments

If you are unsure which major you wish to take, you can apply without declaring a major your first year. Admission to the Bachelor of Arts — Undeclared lets you take courses across a broad range of disciplines before you choose your major.
Open yourself up to a world of opportunitiesMount Royal’s Bachelor of Arts program gives you a well-rounded education that can lead to a wide variety of career options, including research, law, teaching, consulting, business and more.

Features of the Mount Royal Bachelor of Arts program include the following:

 

  • high academic standards;
  • relevant, current, and rigorous curriculum based on clearly articulated outcomes;
  • strong General Education/breadth component;
  • special emphasis on developing communication and critical thinking skills;
  • high level of student-teacher interaction;
  • highly qualified faculty dedicated to excellent instruction;
  • both major and honours streams available in several disciplines to accommodate career-oriented students as well as those planning further study;
  • use of leading edge technology to enhance learning and classroom delivery;
  • experiential learning components, including Internships; and
  • opportunities for international study.

Structure of the Bachelor of Arts degree

1. Total number of three-credit courses (or equivalent)..........................................................................................................40 courses minimum
2. Program Core/General Education/Electives
a. Program Core (See each Major for specific core course requirements)............................................................................16-24 courses
b. General Education...................................................................................................................................................12 courses minimum
c. Electives...............................................................................................................................................................................4-12 courses
3. First-year course limit.........................................................................................................................................................16 courses maximum
4. Maximum number of courses outside of the Faculty of Arts, and/or the Faculty of Science and Technology, and/or courses designated as General Education courses......................................................................................................................................................................8 courses
5. Course limit in a single discipline.......................................................................................................................................24 courses maximum
6. Grade Point Average (GPA) to graduate.......................................................................................................................................2.00 minimum
Note: Each program area may have additional graduation requirements. Refer to the specific section in this calendar for details and/or consult with a faculty or Academic Advisor.