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The Bachelor of Arts comprises Carleton’s largest degree program, and is intended to provide you with both a solid introduction to one or more academic disciplines and a broad range of transferable skills that will help you to succeed in whatever life brings after graduation.

As a student in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program, you can choose your major discipline from a diverse range of areas of study. You can explore one area of interest in depth, combine two areas, or earn a specialization in one aspect of your major discipline.

Breadth requirement

At Carleton, we believe that a well-rounded education should expose you to a range of disciplines and viewpoints. That is why most of our Bachelor of Arts programs have a “breadth” requirement. What this means is that BA students must earn at least one credit from three of four broad areas:

  1. Culture and Communication
  2. Humanities
  3. Science, Engineering and Design
  4. Social Sciences

 First-Year Seminars

B.A. degree students are strongly encouraged to include a First-Year Seminar (FYSM) during their first 4.0 credits of registration. Students are limited to 1.0 credit in FYSM and can only register in a FYSM while they have first-year standing in their B.A. program. Students who have completed the Enriched Support Program (ESP) or who are required to take a minimum of one English as a Second Language (ESLA) credit are not permitted to register in a FYSM.

Mention : Français

In addition to the general requirement for the B.A., students registered in certain B.A. programs may earn the notation Mention : Français. Such students complete part of their requirements in French and demonstrate knowledge of the history and culture of French Canada.  For more specific details consult the departmental program entries.

For Mention : Français B.A. Honours:

  1. 1.0 credit in French language;
  2. 1.0 credit devoted to the history and culture of French Canada;
  3. 1.0 credit at the 2000- or 3000-level and 1.0 credit at the 4000-level in the Honours discipline taken in French.

For Mention : Français B.A. General:

  1. 1.0 credit in advanced French;
  2. 1.0 credit devoted to the history and culture of French Canada;
  3. 1.0 credit at the 2000- or 3000-level and 1.0 credit at the 4000-level in the Major discipline taken in French.