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Arts Undergraduate Programs

We offer over 40 undergraduate programs. Which one is right for you?


Ancient and Medieval History (BA)

Examine the political, economic and social development of Europe and Asia from the 4th century to the 15th century C.E. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Anthropology (BSc)

Study the fossil remains of our human ancestors and the living primates, as well as the adaptation of living humans to different environments. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Anthropology, Social and Cultural (BA)

The comparative study of human society and culture. Explore the connections and diversities between cultures, societies and species. You'll learn a holistic approach to contemporary global challenges. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Archaeology (BA, BSc)

Examine material remains to understand past human life and cultural activities. Learn how to research, excavate and scientifically analyze cultural remains gleaned from sites such as buried and/or abandoned human settlements. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Art History (BA)

Develop a conceptual understanding of art history and design. Study traditional media, including painting, sculpture, architecture and photography. Learn innovations in new technologies, indigenous media, and performance art. Explore feminist and postcolonial approaches to visual culture and art practices.

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Canadian Studies (BA)

Explore the creation, evolution and expressions of Canadian identities. Learn how history, economics, geography, and socio-political developments have shaped many Canadian identities. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Communication and Media Studies (BA, BCMS)

Explore the complex world of communications, its dynamics and its impact on contemporary societies and cultures. You'll gain the knowledge to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences and to investigate communication in and across a variety of media. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Dance (BA, BFA, BKin/BFA)

Experience yourself and your place in the world. Heighten your sense, sharpen your perceptions and hone your physical capacity. Engage with dance history, pedagogy and choreography. Explore critical theory, dance for the camera, dance science, improvisation, production and technique.

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Development Studies (BA)

Examine social, economic, and political change in developing societies across the world. Gain a broad understanding of societal problems by analyzing the economic, political, cultural, and geographic factors that impact development issues. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Drama (BFA, BFA/BEd)

Drama and theatre give us the means to reconstruct the world as it is and model human possibilities. Take part in theatre productions and interact with professionals. Get practical and theoretical foundations that will help you build a solid career in the field

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Earth Science

Study the materials that make up the Earth and the natural and human processes that shape the landscape. Ask questions like: What are the processes that shape our physical environment? Are environmental issues caused by natural systems or human society? Can a multidisciplinary approach to studying the Earth solve climate problems?

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East Asian Language Studies (BA)

Learn to read, write, speak and listen in Chinese and Japanese, the two main East Asian languages. Develop a sophisticated knowledge of East Asian cultures. Honours and Co-op options available.

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East Asian Studies (BA)

Examine the culture, language and history of East Asian civilizations. Gain the ability to communicate in either Chinese or Japanese. Co-op option available.

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Economics (BA)

Economic activity is the production, consumption and trade of goods and services. Study how economic activity is organized and learn how individuals and societies structure economic activity. Understand the relative effectiveness of different institutions in managing scarcity. Honours and Co-op options available.

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English

English is for students who want more than textbook learning. It develops speech and writing, and rewards curiosity and healthy skepticism.

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Film Studies (BA, BFS)

Film Studies scholars ask questions such as: what is the interplay of truth and fiction in documentary cinema? How do film festivals shape critical, commercial, and creative practices? What can the work of Alfred Hitchcock teach us about contemporary global cinema? Honours and Co-op options available.

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French (BA)

Gain a multidisciplinary knowledge of French language, literature, culture, art and history. Improve your French communication skills and discover the variety of Francophone cultures in the world. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Geography (BA, BSc)

Explore the earth as a whole system. With a focus on places and spaces, explore the connections between environmental, economic, political, and cultural change. Honours and Co-op options available.

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German (BA)

Study the German language and its literatures, cultures, art and history. Improve your German language skills while also examining German politics, history, literature and culture. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Greek and Roman Studies (BA)

Examine the civilizations of the Mediterranean area, the Near East, and Western Europe in ancient and medieval times. Honours and Co-op available.

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History (BA)

History is about change and continuity over time and space. Understand complex cause-and-effect relationships. Learn to gather, organize and evaluate historical sources from a variety of perspectives. Honours and Co-op options available.

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International Indigenous Studies (BA)

Examine the experiences, cultures, art, and current status of Indigenous people around the world. Explore contemporary issues such as: How can we preserve Indigenous languages? Does urbanization impact Indigenous peoples? How is the global Indigenous community connected?

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International Relations (BA)

Study cross-border interactions between various groups to understand how such interactions affect people, states, regions, and the global community. Gain a solid foundation in the economic, political, and socio-historical interactions between nations. Co-op options available.

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Italian Studies (BA)

Learn Italian or improve your Italian language skills while exploring Italian literature, culture, art and history. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Latin American Studies (BA)

Learn about the languages, literatures, cultures, and history of Latin America. Gain a critical understanding of the region through academic study and the opportunity to participate in field school experiences. Co-op option available.

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Law and Society (BA)

Study the interconnection of legal and social systems. Learn how people live and how law is woven into communities. Understand what happens when legal innovations and institutions succeed and fail. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Linguistics (BA)

Linguistics is the scientific study of language as a universal human phenomenon. Analyze the structure of various languages and apply this knowledge in a variety of sub-fields and languages. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Linguistics and Language (BA)

Linguistics is the scientific study of language as a universal human phenomenon. Analyze the structure of various languages and apply this knowledge in a variety of sub-fields while learning a new language. Co-op option available.

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Multidisciplinary Studies (BA)

Customize your education and follow your unique set of interests in this multidisciplinary program. Choose a primary focus in a declared minor in Arts and a secondary focus chosen from throughout the university.

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Music (BA)

Enhance your understanding of the musical arts. Study music theory, composition, music history and literature and have the opportunity to perform in musical ensembles. Honours option available.

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Music (BMus)

If you want a professional career in music as a performer, teacher, composer, theorist, historian or critic, choose a  Major in Music Performance, Composition, or Integrated Studies. Learn music history and theory, composition, and pedagogy with performance and community involvement.

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Philosophy (BA)

Philosophy asks fundamental questions about ourselves, the world, and our place within it. Learn how to think, discuss and write about abstract ideas. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Political Science (BA)

Political science is the study of conflict and cooperation within societies. Investigate concepts such as justice, liberty, representation and democracy. Honours and Co-op available.

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Psychology (BA, BSc)

Study the biological, cognitive, emotional, and social bases of human behaviour. Explore questions such as: How do people behave and interact in groups in workplace settings? How does aging affect brain function? Why do people offer help to strangers? Honours option available.

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Religious Studies (BA)

Religious Studies seeks to understand the creation, expression and practices of the world's religions. Gain an understanding of the complex nature and function of religion within the lives of individuals, communities, societies, and cultures. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Russian (BA)

Learn the Russian language and understand Russia's history and structure. Explore Russia's fascinating cultures and traditions and read great literature that crosses national borders and transcends times. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Sociology (BA)

Gain a deeper understanding of the complex nature of society. Explore how social structures, processes and cultural products constrain and enable human behaviour. Explore questions such as: Are any behaviours deemed immoral in every society? What role does alcohol consumption play in soccer hooliganism? Why is HIV/AIDS described as being a disease of poverty? Honours and Co-op options available. Opportunity to study in Red Deer available.

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Spanish (BA)

Develop fluency in the Spanish language and examine Spanish language, literature, culture, art and history. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Urban Studies (BA)

Understand the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural processes that shape urban life. Learn how these processes operate in space and time and gain a deeper understanding of sustainability issues. Co-op option available.

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Visual Studies (BFA)

Make art! Think with materials and experience visual media as a form of inquiry and knowledge. Improve your technical skills and artistic self-sufficiency and learn how art and visual practices contribute to culture and community engagement. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Women's Studies (BA)

Explore the social construction and variability of gender. Learn how power relations impact the lives of women around the world. Gain a deeper understanding of race and ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation and ability/disability. Honours and Co-op options available.

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Arts Minor Programs

Enrich your degree with one of our 45 minors. Your future starts now.


African Studies

Offered through the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology.

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Anthropology

Offered through the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology.

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Applied Energy Economics

Offered through the Department of Economics.

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Canadian Studies

Offered through the Department of History.

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Chinese

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Communication and Media Studies

Offered through the Department of Communication, Media and Film.

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Dance

Offered through the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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Development Studies

Offered through the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology.

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Drama

Offered through the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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Earth Science

Offered through the Department of Geography.

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East Asian Studies

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Economics

Offered through the Department of Economics.

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English

Offered through the Department of English.

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Film Studies

Offered through the Department of Communication, Media and Film

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French

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Geography

Offered through the Department of Geography.

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German

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Greek

Offered through the Department of Classics and Religion.

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Greek and Roman Studies

Offered through the Department of Classics and Religion.

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History

Offered through the Department of History.

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International Indigenous Studies

Offered through the Department of Political Science.

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Italian Studies

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Japanese

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Latin

Offered through the Department of Classics and Religion.

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Latin American Studies

Offered through the Department of History.

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Law and Society

Offered through the Department of Sociology.

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Linguistics

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Museum and Heritage Studies

Offered through the Department of Art.

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Music

Offered through the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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Philosophy

Offered through the Department of Philosophy.

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Political Science

Offered through the Department of Political Science.

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Psychology

Offered through the Department of Psychology.

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Religious Studies

Offered through the Department of Classics and Religion.

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Russian

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Sociology

Offered through the Department of Sociology

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Sonic Arts

Offered through the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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South Asian Studies

Offered through the Department of Classics and Religion.

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Spanish

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Speech-Language Sciences (For Linguistics majors only)

Offered through the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

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Speech-Language Sciences (For Psychology majors only)

Offered through the Department of Psychology.

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Urban Studies

Offered through the Department of Geography.

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Visual Studies and Art History

Offered through the Department of Art.

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Women's Studies

Offered through the Department of Philosophy.

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