Why a Carleton B.A.?

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.

If you don’t know yet what you want to study, we have a BA Undeclared option that allows you to explore multiple fields before committing to one area of study.

Many of our programs offer the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience outside the classroom, either through co-operative (co-op) education, internships or field work.

Disciplines that offer co-op options:

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

No matter which area you choose to study or how the program is delivered, you will find that Carleton’s comprehensive, interdisciplinary and innovative Bachelor of Arts programs are excellent preparation for success in today’s complex world.

A great way to broaden your horizons and gain valuable experience is to study abroad for part of your degree. Carleton maintains exchange partnerships with more than 180 schools in over 30 countries, and some BA programs offer special opportunities for international experience.

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The B.A. degree teaches not just a body of knowledge, but a body of skills. We teach skills such as critical thinking, analysis of evidence, discovery of underlying principles, visual literacy and — perhaps most importantly — communication skills. These are what we call ‘transferable skills’, which is a fancy way of saying that they make you better at just about everything you do for the rest of your life. (Read more) – Prof. Peter Coffman (Art History).

B.A. General (Undeclared)

The BA Undeclared is a program of study within the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) for students who want to explore their options before deciding on a particular major.

It is the perfect option for students who:

1) are interested in multiple fields and are having a difficult time deciding on one area of study, or students who

2) feel that they would benefit from experiencing their first-year classes before deciding on a particular area of study.

B.A. General and B.A. Honours

How you learn is just as important as what you learn. Carleton’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs are designed to inspire, challenge and prepare you to become a knowledgeable participant in an ever-changing world.

Understanding the world and its complexity requires an examination of multiple perspectives. Many of Carleton’s programs, courses and minors draw on and combine expertise from a variety of academic disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach helps students understand key issues and improves their ability to critically evaluate, interpret and act upon information from an array of sources.

B.A. Combined Honours

A Combined Honours (or double Major) is simply two Majors completed in one degree. Although it doesn’t necessarily take longer to complete a degree, pursuing a Combined Honours does reduce the student’s overall number of elective courses. Due to the nature of program requirements, some programs are not available for Combined Honours. If you would like to know if your program offers Combined Honours, please contact Admissions Services.

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BA Formula

At Carleton, we strive to enhance our existing programs and develop new ones. Our list of Bachelor of Arts programs indicates the wide range of areas of study we offer. Our programs are flexible, comprehensive and innovative, and designed to provide you with an outstanding and relevant learning experience.

Carleton’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs are offered through both the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Public Affairs. The Faculties work together to offer students a cross-disciplinary experience in their selected program. Read more about our programs and departments.

What’s in it for you?

As a student of the Bachelor of Arts program, you can structure your BA according to what you want to achieve. You can pursue an intensive four-year Honours degree or three-year General program. You can choose a minor subject to complement your major.

For first-year B.A. students you can explore our undeclared option which gives you the flexibility to take courses in any discipline you want to learn more about. You can choose from a wide variety of courses and get academic advice on possible majors and careers. Once you’ve discovered first-hand what Carleton has to offer, you’ll be in a better position to decide on your future path.

Deepen your expertise and make your B.A. even more rewarding!

If a specific area of your major interests you, concentrations or specializations are also an option. These courses deepen your expertise. You might be equally interested in two fields of study and pursue them in a combined program. Co-operative (co-op) education, internships and field work provide practical hands-on experience beyond the classroom. Other options available: Mention FrançaisFirst Year Seminars and studying abroad.

Why Carleton?

Carleton University’s location in the nation’s capital offers students access to a wealth of resources unavailable elsewhere. Carleton’s beautiful riverside campus provides a picturesque and stimulating environment in which to live and study.

 Our students choose to come to Carleton for the diversity and excellence of our academic programs. Once on campus students discover a sense of community and inclusion among their peers. Inside and outside class, Carleton students have found their professors engaged and supportive of their academic and extra-curricular endeavours.

One of the main reasons why I chose to study History at Carleton University was because of the location. Studying Canadian history in the nation’s capital has some really great benefits like being able to access sources and research material from the National Archives and museums. The Carleton History department also offers a practicum placement, which I took in my third year. This was a wonderful experience that allowed me to gain relevant work experience in my field of study.

Jennifer Trimble, History

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