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Faculty of Arts FAQs for students

June 15, 2010

On April 1, 2010, the Faculties of Communication and Culture, Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences became a single administrative unit named the Faculty of Arts. The following addresses how this transition affects undergraduate students.

What are the changes to program requirements in the Faculty of Arts?
All core courses required for degree programs remain the same. Changes that have been made to program regulations include harmonizing the breadth requirements across all Faculty of Arts programs, relaxing breadth requirements, and changes to policies, which make it easier to transfer between programs, pursue multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or joint degrees. These changes take effect for students entering the Faculty in Fall 2010. 

For information about program requirements, please consult the 2010/2011 Calendar or contact the program advisors in the Student Success Centre at 403-220-5881 or

How will changes in faculty or program regulations affect me?

  • New Students

Students will graduate in the degree program in which they are enrolled, based on the requirements at the time that they enrolled. New requirements will take effect for students entering their programs in Fall 2010.

  • Continuing Students

Changes to program requirements will not affect students admitted to programs in 2009 or earlier. As a continuing student, you will graduate under the requirements that were in place at the time you began your program. Of course, you do retain the option to switch to new programs if you so choose and one of the goals of a restructured faculty is to allow students to do with greater ease. The changes to requirements will take effect for the 2010/11 University Calendar.

  • Graduating Students

Beginning in Fall 2010, students formerly in the Faculties of Communication and Culture, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will graduate from the Faculty of Arts. This move does not affect the degree designation you will receive.

Will any of the changes affect the degree designations?
None of the degree designations from the former faculties, including the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees, are changing in name or in the required courses that make up the substance of the degree. While many degrees offered within the Faculty of Arts are called "Bachelor of Arts," this does not apply to all the degrees.

The Faculty of Arts will continue to offer the following bachelor’s degrees:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Communications Studies (BCS)
Bachelor of Communication and Culture (BCC)
Bachelor of Film Studies (BFS)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Bachelor of Music (Bmus)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Students will receive the same degree designation they have been working toward. The only difference will be in the name of the faculty from which you graduate. For example, instead of receiving a degree that says “BFA in Drama conferred by the Faculty of Fine Arts,” the degree will say “BFA in Drama conferred by the Faculty of Arts” or "BA in Canadian Studies conferred by the Faculty of Arts." 

Will any programs disappear as a result of the amalgamation of faculties?
Programs will not disappear as a result of the faculty amalgamation. The goal of unifying the four former faculties is to preserve and build upon the best elements of every department and faculty and fix any elements that aren’t working well. Our intention is not to weaken programs that are working well. The general degrees (The Multidisciplinary degree in Communication and Culture and the General Humanities degrees) are likely to change over the next two years as we move to a consolidated multidisciplinary BA.

How will students benefit from the Faculty of Arts being in a single administrative structure?
The decision to create the Faculty of Arts was made, first and foremost, to improve your experience as a U of C student. Our goals are the following:

  • Create an easier experience of applying for admission, registering for courses, and progressing through your program.
  • Simplify and unify the rules and regulations across degree programs.
  • Improve the selection of courses by having professors teach across fields of study.
  • Make it easier for you to transfer programs if you decide to complete a different degree.
  • Streamline academic advising so you can more easily access the help you need to navigate through your degree.
  • Create more access to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study so you have opportunity to learn to study themes, issues and problems from multiple and integrated perspectives.