The Bachelor of Humanities

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Humanities is Canada’s premier program in the Great Books. Humanities students read the most influential books and study the most exciting ideas in all the traditional arts disciplines—literature, philosophy, history, art, music, political theory, and religion.

Students in the Bachelor of Humanities enthusiastically debate questions such as: What is the good life? What is the best form of political organization? What is the nature of beauty? Graduates of the program continue on to a wide variety of interesting careers.

Students are encouraged to pair their Humanities core with more detailed study of a particular subject, by doing a combined honours or a minor. The Bachelor of Humanities is unique in offering a degree in Humanities and Biology, for students planning to go to Medical School, and a joint degree in Journalism and Humanities.

Essay Contest

The Bachelor of Humanities invites submissions for its sixth annual High School Essay Contest. All High School or CÉGEP students are invited to submit an essay, of no more than 1000 words in length, answering the following question:

Does Truth Matter?

The contest winner and runner-up, as chosen by a panel of professors in the Bachelor of Humanities program, will receive $500 and $250 respectively.  The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2019, and contest results will be announced by the end of April 2019.

June 4th, 2019 Announcement:

The winners of this year’s Bachelor of Humanities High School Essay Contest have been chosen. The top prize has been awarded to Odessa Hewitt-Bernhard for her essay entitled “Uncertainty, Humanity, and the Quest for Understanding”. The recipient of the second prize is Jia Jun Liu for the essay “Does Truth Matter?”

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all participants. The judges thoroughly enjoyed reading the many submissions

Submission Instructions

Essays must include a title page that clearly indicates the author’s name, High School or CÉGEP, and contact information (including a phone number and email address).

Essays must be submitted electronically, by filling out the following form, and attaching the essay in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

BHUM High School Essay Contest Form

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.