Program Advising

Bachelor of Arts

My MRU Degree: 40 courses
Major
16-20 courses
Each baccalaureate degree has a major (core program requirements). The number of courses required for each major varies.
General Education
12 courses
You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters:
- numeracy and scientific literacy,
- values, beliefs and identity,
- community and society, and
- communication.
Electives
Up to 12 courses
You are also required to take a certain number of electives for your degree. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.

The Bachelor of Arts Undeclared is designed for students wishing to pursue one of the Bachelor of Arts majors or other degree programs offered by the Faculty of Arts. This is your opportunity to explore the possibilities in Arts. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.

First-Year BA Undeclared registration suggestions for each term:

Take one to two introductory course(s) from the possible Arts majors or programs:
» First-year courses in ANTH, ECON, ENGL, HIST, PLSC, PSYC, SLGY.
» Sampling any of these disciplines may satisfy major requirements, General Education Tier 2 requirements, or electives in a BA major once declared.
» For students interested in Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Interior Design: take courses that could meet General Education Foundation and Tier 2 requirements (review program curriculum in the Academic Calendar or here to find curriculum and course information).

First-year CRJS courses are restricted to BA Criminal Justice program students only. Students interested in the Bachelor of Interior Design may take an introductory ARTH course; INDS and DEST courses are restricted to program students only.

Take one to two introductory course(s) in any area that interests you at Mount Royal
» Explore classes from Arts, Business, Science, Communications, Health and Physical Education, and Undergraduate Studies.
» These courses may be used to satisfy General Education Tier 2 requirements or electives in your program once decided.

Take one Foundation General Education course (Gen Ed)
» Foundation, Cluster 4 requirement is recommended to take in fall (one of GNED 1401 or 1404) and one other Foundation Cluster Gen Ed course (from Clusters 1, 2 or 3) in winter semester.

Since you will need to declare your major choice within 10 courses, it is recommended you attend New Student Orientation (NSO) to meet your academic advisor and gather information about the majors Arts has to offer.

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» ANTH 1103 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
» ANTH 1104 – Introduction to Archaeology*
» General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (other than Cluster 4)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
» ANTH 1102 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology*
» ANTH 1106 – Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

*ANTH 1102 and ANTH 1104 have a laboratory component; students are advised to take one of these classes in the Fall and the other in the Winter.

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete ENGL and Gen Ed Foundation, Cluster 4 courses as outlined. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
Choose one of the following two:
» ENGL 1151 – The Art of Story: An Introduction to Literature
» ENGL 1152 – Identity and Invention: An Introduction to Literature

All of:
» General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4 (GNED 1401 is recommended)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (other than Cluster 4)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
Choose one of the following two:
» English course*
» Language or Linguistics requirement (any Linguistics or language class in Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese or Spanish)

All of:
» English course*
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

* Suggestions include but are not limited to Creative Writing (ENGL 1117, 1118), Introductory Literature (ENGL 1151, 1152), Intermediate Writing (ENGL 2205, 2207, 2263), Children’s Literature (ENGL 2141, 2298, 2299), and Popular Fiction (ENGL 2273, 2293, 2294, 2295, 2301).

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. Students must take one 1000-level HIST course each in Canadian, American, and European History, as well as HIST 1100. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» HIST 1000-level (one of Canadian, American or European)
» HIST 1100 – Introduction to History
» General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4 (GNED 1401 is recommended)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (other than Cluster 4)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.

» HIST 1000-level (one of Canadian, American or European - area not previously completed)
» HIST 1000-level (one of Canadian, American or European - remaining area)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete the PLSC and ECON courses as outlined. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» PLSC 1101 – Introduction to Government and Politics
» ECON 1101 – Principles of Microeconomics
» General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4 (GNED 1401 is recommended)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (other than Cluster 4)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
» ECON 1103 – Principles of Macroeconomics
» PLSC 2231 – The Canadian State
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete the PSYC courses as outlined. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» PSYC 1103 – Introduction to Psychology I: Natural Science
» General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (other than Cluster 4)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
» PSYC 1104 – Introduction to Psychology II: Social Science
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete the SLGY courses as outlined. For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» SLGY 1101 – Introduction to Sociology
» General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (other than Cluster 4)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr.
» 2000 level SLGY course of your choice*
» 2000 level SLGY course of your choice*
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

* Suggestions include SLGY 2218, 2235, 2253, 2255, 2265, 2271, 2273, 2275 and 2277

A great education doesn’t just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal’s baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field. As part of your degree, up to 30% of your course load (12 courses) will consist of General Education courses.Foundation

As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
» Take one of: GNED 1101, GNED 1102 or GNED 1103 within your first 10 courses.

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity
» Take one of: GNED 1201, GNED 1202 or GNED 1203 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 3: Community and Society
» Take one of: GNED 1301, GNED 1303 or GNED 1304 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 4: Communication
» Take one of: GNED 1401, GNED 1403 or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2As you progress through your degree, choose four Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:
» one Tier 2 course from each cluster (Total: 4).

Tier 3You must take four Tier 3 courses. These four courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:

» three Tier 3 courses from one cluster and one Tier 3 course from a second cluster (Total: 4); or
» one Tier 3 course from each cluster (Total: 4); or
» two Tier 3 courses from two different clusters (Total: 4).

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Interactive Course Search or the Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in mymru.ca, Register & Pay tab.

Resource site for registration help you solve your registration issues: mru.ca/registration

 

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mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation.  As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress. 

You will login to mruGradU8 through your mymru.ca account, under the ‘My Program’ tab (at the bottom of the page).  When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the ‘Process New’ tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core program and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete.  This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Visit this page for more information about mruGradU8 including frequently asked questions. 

The Arts Academic Advising office is here to support you with your start in the Bachelor of Arts (BA). This guide has been carefully prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at MRU. Please review this guide thoroughly before contacting the office with your questions. Students with transfer credit can contact the office for assistance with course selection. You can reach the academic advisor, Rachel Doe, at 403.440.8585 or artsadvising@mtroyal.ca