Welcome to the Arts and Science Honours Academy

Every student's journey is unique. Study a language. Travel abroad. Learn hands-on.

Sample ASHA journey

Year One

  • Complete ASHA 220 Quests and Questions
  • Think about going on exchange
  • Take 6 units of second language courses

Year Two

  • Complete ASHA 321 Representation
  • Complete ASHA 421 Invention
  • Plan and apply for a study/volunteer/work abroad experience (see Study Abroad below)
  • Apply for Honours
  • Complete 6 units of second language courses (if not already done)

Year Three

  • Apply for funding for your study/volunteer/work abroad program (see Study Abroad below)
  • Participate in a study/volunteer/work abroad program
  • Take 6 units of language courses while abroad (if not already done)
  • Apply for Honours (if not already done)

Year Four

  • Complete ASHA 501 The Nature of Research
  • Complete ASHA 503 Capstone Seminar
  • Complete Honours course(s)

Katie Ohe's The Zipper sculpture is in the foreground in Science Theatres. Students walk on either side of it.

Join the Students of ASHA!

Join the Students of Arts and Science Honours Academy (SASHA) to network with your peers. Be the first to find out about events and ways to get involved.

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The opportunity to travel as a student has made a huge difference in my life.

The chance to learn on-site brings a thrilling new level of reality and meaning to academic study, making concepts and theory relevant and vibrant. I believe that the chance to encounter other cultures also shapes character; my foreign study experience in Italy opened my eyes to my place in, and responsibility to the world outside the classroom.

Lindsay Driediger-Murphy

(BA Honours, Greek and Roman Studies), Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and Religion

Study abroad information

All ASHA students take a study, volunteer or work abroad program. You can also choose to go abroad for up to a full year. Prepare for your international experience by taking at least two second language courses.

We live in an international world. Studying abroad will change your outlook and expectations for future study and careers!


How do I study abroad?

Want to study abroad? You can arrange your own study abroad term, or work with UCalgary International Study Abroad. Want to work or volunteer abroad? You'll arrange your own program. Students must submit a travel proposal appropriate for their program to the ASHA Program Co-ordinator in December of their second year. Please note: Your work or volunteer experience should take up significant time. This experience is not intended as tourism.

Visit UCalgary International Study Abroad

Travel Awards

We'll assess you for either the ASHA Travel Grant or the Dr. Rowland Smith Memorial Scholarship. Amounts awarded will be based on the length of travel. You'll receive your funds after submitting a copy of your itinerary and confirmation of your acceptance to a study abroad program or volunteer program. Students experiencing financial need may also be considered for the Wigham travel grant. See terms of reference for more information.

Apply now (for travel between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020)


Travel Awards Terms of Reference

ASHA Travel Grant

  • Multiple awards offered annually to continuing students in the Arts and Science Honours Academy
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Amount may vary dependent on the applicant pool and is typically $500 for one term and $1,000 for two terms

Dr. Rowland Smith Memorial Scholarship

  • Multiple awards offered annually to continuing ASHA students in the Faculty of Arts
  • Requires a 3.2 GPA across 24 units completed in the previous Fall and Winter terms
  • Amount may vary dependent on the applicant pool and is typically $500 for one term and $1,000 for two terms

Wigham Travel Grant

  • Multiple awards offered annually to continuing students in the Arts and Science Honours Academy
  • Requires a 3.2 GPA across 24 units completed in the previous Fall and Winter terms
  • Amount may vary dependent on the applicant pool


FAQ

Everything you need to know about the ASHA program

  1. Is ASHA a minor?

    No. ASHA is a milestone, which appears on your transcript, but not on your degree parchment.

  2. What is a milestone, and why isn’t ASHA a minor?

    A milestone appears on your transcript, but not on your degree parchment. The reason ASHA can’t be a minor is because it is not strictly course based: in order to qualify as a minor, 30 units must be taken. ASHA only offers 18 units total. However it is still an achievement and milestone because of the other requirements: the international experience, the honours designation, the second language, and the GPA requirements.

  1. If I get accepted to ASHA, am I automatically accepted to Honours?

    No. You must apply for Honours through your home faculty and under your specific program requirements.

  2. My program of study does not offer an Honours degree. Can I still complete ASHA?

    Yes. You will be required to complete a significant independent research course in your field of study in lieu of an Honours thesis. You must meet the Honours GPA requirement: 3.3 GPA over the final 90 units and over all courses completed in your major field.

  3. Where can I get information about honours?

    Visit an arts or science advisor, and read the calendar.

  1. Can I go to Quebec or other parts of Canada for my international experience?

    Yes, you may participate in a suitable program that offers an intercultural experience within Canada.

  2. What is the minimum length for the international/intercultural experience?

    While you are strongly encouraged to go abroad for a full academic year, you must participate in an approved study abroad, volunteer abroad or work abroad program, or a suitable program that offers an intercultural experience within Canada.

  3. Can I work or volunteer abroad instead of studying abroad?

    Yes! Flexibility is available when meeting this requirement.

  1. What is SASHA?

    SASHA is a Students' Union sanctioned club that provides students with support, mentorship, and social activities to provide a sense of community throughout the different cohorts.

  2. What is a cohort and why does it matter?

    A cohort is the group of students that were admitted to the program at the same time, and will move through the trajectory of the program together. This is important because in-class discussions gain a lot when students already know each other and are comfortable; also, it is an excellent chance to meet lifelong friends.


Get help from the Arts Students' Centre (ASC)

Ask us about degree programs, graduation and more.


Office information:
Office location: Social Sciences 102
618 Campus Place NW
Phone number: 403.220.3580

 

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Program advising

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
By appointment only
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.   |   1 – 4 p.m.

Thursday
By appointment only
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday
Drop-in open
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  1 – 4 p.m.

Email us advising questions:
artsads@ucalgary.ca


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General advising

For general questions, drop in to our office during our regular working hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  1 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  1 – 4:30 p.m.

Email general questions to:
ascarts@ucalgary.ca