BA Curriculum Review

Current BA Requirements

Common Required Elements of the BA Program (Faculty of Arts)

Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC), under delegated authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act, outlines some general stipulations for four year BA programs in Alberta; see: CAQC Program Evaluation Handbook (specifically, pages 58 - 60).  “All degree proposals for . . . four-year . . . BA programs must have a common structure that demonstrates breadth and depth, even though the number and type of courses included in the program may vary by the specific subject-matter area or interdisciplinary area they treat. . . . Any proposed modification . . . should be explained by the applicant institution.” (emphasis ours)

Current Faculty of Arts BA Requirements Notes Can this requirement be changed? Comments
*120 overall required No CAQC requires that any four-year Undergraduate degree normally include at least *120
*48 permitted at the Junior (100) level Perhaps CAQC requires that any four-year BA will normally include at least *78 at the senior level
Major: *30 senior required and a Maximum of *48 senior permitted Includes *6 at the 400-level
Two Majors may be taken instead of one major and one minor
Each discipline may require specific courses &/or more than the minimum
Perhaps CAQC requires that any four-year BA will normally include at least *78 in any one discipline and *42 in the major with *30 at the senior level.
Minor: *12 senior required and a Maximum of *42 senior permitted includes *6 at the 300 or 400-level Each discipline may require specific courses &/or more than the minimum Yes
Non Arts & non-Science options: *18 maximum permitted e.g. Business, Education courses
NS courses are “Arts” by default as are “Arts” type Augustana and CSJ courses
Perhaps CAQC requires that any four-year BA will normally include at least *102 in Arts &/or Science courses
Residence Requirements Notes Can this requirement be changed? Comments
*60 required completed at the University of Alberta Includes Spring, Summer and U of A “off-campus” courses No Note that this is a general U of A requirement (§23.2 of the Calendar & GFC §97)
*63 “Arts” courses required Yes
*30 must be completed while registered in the Faculty of Arts Yes
*15 senior level for the major must be completed with courses offered by the Faculty of Arts at the U of A Yes
*6 senior level for the minor must be completed with courses offered by the Faculty of Arts at the U of A *9 for Science minors Yes
Basic Requirements Notes Can this requirement be changed? Comments
*6 100-level ENGL or *3 100-level ENGL & *3 WRS 101 Required ENGL are Literature based Yes
*6 One Language Other than English e.g. LATIN 101 & 102 rather than LATIN 101 & GREEK 101 Yes
*6 Study of Science Selected from courses offered by the Faculty of Science, or recognized as “Science” by the Faculty of Science Perhaps CAQC requires that any four-year BA will normally include at least *3 in each of five disciplines and *6 in each of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.
*18 Breadth & Diversity Senior Courses taken to meet these requirements are also applicable to the major/minor
*6 Group One Humanities Perhaps CAQC requires that any four-year BA will normally include at least *3 in each of five disciplines and *6 in each of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.
*6 Group Two Social Sciences Perhaps CAQC requires that any four-year BA will normally include at least *3 in each of five disciplines and *6 in each of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.
*6 Group Three Fine Arts Yes