Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
The requirements for A Bachelor of Arts consists of a subject concentration and a prescribed distribution of courses. To graduate from the Bachelor of Arts program, you must successfully complete the following requirements.
Requirements for Successful Complete of the Bachelor of Arts Program
- Successful completion of 120 credit hours
- A concentration in a specific subject area or interdisciplinary grouping constituting a Major or Honours
Note: Students must refer to the St. Thomas University Academic Calendar to determine whether they have met the requirements for their Major(s). If students are unsure of the requirements as listed in the Calendar, they should consult the Department Chair or designated Departmental Advisor
- No more than 60 credit hours in one subject within the 120 credit hours required for the degree
- A minimum of 72 credit hours at the intermediate (2000) level and above
- An annual GPA of at least 2.0 in the academic year of graduation or on the last 30 credit hours of study
Completion of at least 12 credit hours from Group A subjects:
- Catholic Studies
- Communications and Public Policy
- English Language and Literature
- Great Books
- Human Rights
- Irish Studies
- Mi’qmak/Maliseet Languages
- Religious Studies
- Spanish and Latin American Studies
Completion of at least 12 credit hours from Group B subjects:
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Native Studies
- Political Science
- Women’s and Gender Studies
Completion of at least 6 credit hours from Group C subjects:
- Environment and Society
- Natural Sciences (eg. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science and Technology Studies)
Or Group D:
- Fine Arts
- Visual Arts
Or 3 credits from both C and D Groups
NOTE: All students majoring in Psychology are deemed to have completed the requirements for Group C.
- Subject Major
Normally, 36 credit hours in one subject constitute a major. For information on the requirements for each major, visit the Program Structure page of the department’s section of the website under ACADEMICS [link to academics section] or consult the department’s section of the Academic Calendar [link to calendar page]. You are permitted to pursue and declare more than one major.
When to declare your major: You are expected to declare your subject Major to the Registrar’s Office during your second year, and must declare a major by the beginning of your third year.
- General Curriculum Requirements
The arts curriculum is organized on the basis of a preparatory first year of general studies, partly prescribed, followed by three years of more intensive study in areas dictated by your interests and capabilities. In order to meet the goal of a liberal education to develop a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding, the Bachelor of Arts curriculum is offered in different groups and levels of courses.
- Minor (optional)
You may elect a minor consisting of 18 credit hours in one subject. The specific course requirements for a minor in a particular subject area are outlined on the Program Structure page of each department’s section of the website under ACADEMICS [link to academics section]. You may also consult the department’s section of the Academic Calendar [link to calendar page]. Students who wish to designate a minor are responsible for notifying the Registrar’s Office of their selection.
- Honours (optional)
Honours programs require the completion of more and advanced courses in a particular subject area and oftentimes, a thesis is also required. You may pursue an Honours program after meeting with and obtaining approval from the department in which you wish to complete the program. The specific course requirements for Honours in a particular subject area are outlined on the Program Structure page of each department’s section of the website under ACADEMICS [link to academics section]. You may also consult the department’s section of the Academic Calendar [link to calendar page].
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