Join a Close-Knit Community

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Classes in the Bachelor of Humanities are small. Lectures have between 40 and 70 students, and each Core Course includes small discussion groups, run by the professors, limited to 15 students.  Students receive a level of attention and personalized instruction that it is hard to find elsewhere.  Professors tailor their questions and answers to each student, offer targeted help when needed, and challenge their students to surpass themselves.

Share Your Enthusiasm for Ideas with your Friends

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Humanities students enter the program with a shared passion for books and ideas, and they take many of the same classes together. They look to each other for help, taking inspiration from each other’s successes, and spending hours enthusiastically debating ideas, at Carleton and after they graduate. This strong sense of community  leads to academic success and life-long friendships.

Find a Place to Learn

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The Humanities program has its own beautiful precinct at Carleton. Classes are held in a Lecture Hall specially built for the program, furnished with theatre seating and equipped with internet access, a sound system, video projector, and a Yamaha grand piano for the students’ use.

Discussion groups are held in the college’s Seminar Room, which is also furnished with comfortable chairs and has a separate area with computer stations and a printer. The Seminar Room is also used by Humanities students for quiet study.Humanities students also enjoy their own Common Room with comfortable chairs for reading and conversation, tables for study, and computer stations for essay writing, email, and the internet.

Lead a Full Cultural and Social Life

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Social life and classes are two sides of the same educational coin in the Bachelor of Humanities program, and students enjoy a rich calendar of social and cultural events put on by Humanities faculty and students each year.

  • Subsidized trips to concerts and operas at the National Arts Centre
  • An annual subsidized trip to the Stratford Theatre Festival
  • Guided tours of the National Art Gallery
  • Lectures by internationally acclaimed scholars and writers
  • An annual dramatic reading of a Greek tragedy, staged by Humanities students
  • Screenings of famous Opera productions and Symphony recordings in the College Lecture Hall
  • Student music nights
  • Student film screenings in the College Lecture Hall
  • Students vs. Professors Trivia Nights

The highlight of the Humanities social calendar is undoubtedly the annual Formal Ball. It is always well-attended by students and faculty alike, and is traditionally organized around a theme chosen by students.

Express your Creativity

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Every year Bachelor of Humanities students contribute to NORTH, the students’ literary publication. Founded in 1999, NORTH has been a forum for poetry, short stories, art, photography, and most recently with the launching of the NORTH CD, for music as well.

Residence and Student Housing

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All students coming directly from high school into first year will receive an offer of guaranteed residence with their admission (traditional style room).

Humanities students who wish to share a room with another Humanities student should answer “yes” to the question on the application form: “do you wish to live with someone in the same program.” You should answer “yes” whether you are applying for a single, a double, suite-style living, or for a room on a themed community floor.

Please visit the Housing website for more information.

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