Program Advising

Bachelor of Arts

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Bachelor of Arts. As a student in the Bachelor of Arts degree, you are opening yourself up to a world of possibilities. Regardless of the major you choose, you will gain valuable transferable skills including research, written and verbal communication, complex problem solving, knowledge of key public and ethical debates and topics, and critical thinking skills. All these skills are valued by employers and open doors to a wide range of career opportunities.

To assist with your course registration, below are the recommended first-year courses for each major. Please also pay close attention to General Education information, as these course requirements will make up the bulk of your first-year registration. All the information on this page is important, so please continue to read, and click on each bullet for more information about that topic.

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 the Academic Calendar

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.

Please note: 2000-level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program, unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

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 the Academic Calendar. Please use the list of approved General Education courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» ANTH 1100 level of your choice*
» ANTH 1100 level of your choice*
» 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 1100 level of your choice*
» ANTH 2102 or 2104 – Methods in Biological Anthropology or Archaeology**
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

*Choices for ANTH 1000 level core courses are ANTH 1101, 1103, 1105 and 1106.
** Both courses have a laboratory component.

Please note: 2000-level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program, unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

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 the Academic Calendar. Please use the list of approved General Education courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

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 (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» 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 1, 2 or 3)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

* Suggestions include but are not limited to CRWT 1117, 1118, ENGL 2141, 2205, 2207, 2216, 2263, 2293, 2294, 2295, 2298, 2299, 2301, or FILM 2251. Courses in the related areas of Creative Writing (CRWT) and Film Studies (FILM) may be used for electives and General Education.

Please note: 2000-level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program, unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

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 the Academic Calendar. Please use the list of approved General Education courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

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 (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

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

» HIST 1000-leve*l (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 1, 2, or 3)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

*Choices for HIST 1000-level core courses: Canadian - one of HIST 1131 or 1133; American - one of HIST 1117 or 1119; European - one of HIST 1101 or 1103 (only one from each area is required in the major).

Please note: 2000-level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program, unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

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 the Academic Calendar. Please use the list of approved General Education courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

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 (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» 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 1, 2, or 3)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Please note: 2000-level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program, unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

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 the Academic Calendar. Please use the list of approved General Education courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

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 (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» 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 1, 2 or 3)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Please note: 2000-level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program, unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

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 the Academic Calendar. Please use the list of approved General Education courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec.
» SLGY 1101 – Introduction to Sociology
» General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» 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 1, 2, or 3)
» General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
» Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

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

Please note: 2000-level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program, unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

 

Major                            
16-20 Courses
Each baccalaureate degree has a major (core program requirements). The number of courses required for each major varies.
General Education
10 or 12 Courses
 

You choose your General Education (Gen Ed/GNED) courses from four clusters:
- numeracy and scientific literacy
- values, beliefs and identify,
- community and society, and
- communication

Electives
Up to 14 courses
You are also required to take a certain number of electives for your degree. An elective is any course that does not fulfill a requirement for either your Major or General Education. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.

 

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. Foundation - all majors

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, or 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, or  GNED 1403, or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2 - Anthropology, History, Policy Studies, Psychology, SociologyAs you progress through your degree, choose three Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:
» one Tier 2 course Cluster 1
» two Tier 2 courses from two of following: Clusters 2, 3, or 4.

Tier 3 - Anthropology, History, Policy Studies, Psychology, SociologyYou must take three Tier 3 courses. These three courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:

» three Tier 3 courses each from a different cluster (Total 3); or
» two Tier 3 courses from one cluster, plus one more from a different  different clusters (Total: 3).

Tier 2 - EnglishAs 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 3 - EnglishYou 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
» two Tier 3 courses from two different clusters (Total: 4); or
» four Tier 3 courses each from a different cluster (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 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. 

Group Advising Sessions for new BA students are available throughout the spring to help you with your course selection. You can register online for a session.

These session are for students coming from high school or academic upgrading (no previous university credit). Prior to attending a session, please review the program advising materials on this website. You are not required to attend a sessions. You can complete your registration with the information provided in this program advising guide.

If you are transferring credit courses to Mount Royal from another post-secondary institution, or are transferring to the Bachelor of Arts from another program at Mount Royal, please contact Arts Academic Advising by email for an appointment: artsadvising@mtroyal.ca
 
As a student with transfer credit previously completed, you have different needs when it comes to registration. Please follow the steps outlined for Transfer Students on the Arts Academic Advising page for New Students. It will also help to review the information in this guide to familiarize yourself with our degree structure and components. You may also be in need of first-year courses for some of your requirements.

You have worked hard in your previous studies and it would be nice to have as much credit applied to your new BA degree as possible. The maximum number of courses and credit that can be applied from institutions outside MRU is twenty (20) courses or sixty (60) credits (the amount applied is program dependent). Please be sure to review your assigned transfer equivalencies in your myMRU My Program tab in the Admission box (Check transfer equivalencies) and your new mruGradU8 program audit (check out the bullet on Track your degree process with mruGradU8). Keep in mind that if you have recently completed winter semester courses, transfer equivalencies will be established once your official transcripts have been received by Mount Royal (after June 30, 2019). More information about transfer equivalencies can be found online here.

If you notice many unspecified (1XXX, 2XXX, etc.) credit assignments in the evaluation of your transfer equivalencies, you could submit official course outlines to have more specific credit assigned, which would assist with potential application to the major and General Education requirements of the degree. Check out the necessary steps to take here. You can also consult with Arts Academic Advising about the application of your transfer credit.

Please direct any questions you have to Arts Academic Advising at artadvising@mtroyal.ca. If you want to book an appointment, please call 403.440.8585.