BA Curriculum Review

Timeline of Past Events

The Faculty of Arts BA Curriculum Review Timeline

The Faculty Office is committed to developing this new, innovative and distinctive Arts degree through an inclusive process that involves extensive consultation throughout the Faculty, the university, as well as constituents and communities throughout Alberta. Below follows a timeline that shows what we have done to date and how we envision the process continuing from here.


In September of 2012, Arts issued a call for proposals to be developed by working groups. As a result, five working groups were created, engaging some fifty faculty, staff, contract instructors and students in developing suggestions, proposals and visions for a new BA.

In December, the working groups submitted vision proposals, which were discussed in various committees. The objectives of those discussions were to generate a broader discussion about the specific focuses that the new BA might have, and to develop a strategy for moving forward.

In late January of 2013, two speakers, Dr. Jennifer Summit from Stanford University and Dr. John Galaty from McGill spoke about their experiences at their respective institutions while sharing their own visions for the future of the BA.

Jennifer Summit, "Curriculum Revision From the Ground Up."        
John Galaty, “Friction, Creativity and Core Values: Curriculum for the Future.” 

In February of 2013, the five working groups were merged into one task force, which will develop a broadly grounded proposal of what kind of competences and skills that we should require of all BA students. The task force is led by a Steering Committee, consisting of Associate Dean Mickey Adolphson (, and the leads for each former working group. The basic questions we are addressing are: What should all BA students learn? How do we teach them? And, how do we know that we have succeeded in teaching them?

During the summer of 2013, two undergraduate Research Assistants performed a comprehensive survey of the various guiding principles used by other institutions, including the top universities in Canada, as well as other comparator institutions in Australia, Europe and the United States. To view the report, please click here.

In the fall of 2013, the task force was expanded into a Steering Committee with members representing students, staff and all divisions of the faculty. For a list of the current membership, please click here

If you have comments, suggestions or concerns, or simply want to be engaged in the process, please contact Dr. Adolphson at