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Undergraduate program structures

Think about your personal interests, strengths, and the subjects you find most stimulating.  

Most students in the Faculty of Arts are admitted into a Bachelor of Arts with Major, but you can be admitted into an Honours Bachelor, a Joint Bachelor, a Bachelor of Arts, or into a discipline-specific program (Fine Arts, Digital Journalism, Lettres françaises et éducation, Music, Public Relations).  

Below, you will find information about our various program structures. If you are admitted to the University of Ottawa into a BA with Major, you will need to choose one of these program structures at the end of your first year. If you completed previous college or university studies and we’ve granted you advanced standing, you must choose a program structure from the list at the time of your initial registration.  

Thinking about graduate studies in the future?  

You have a variety of graduate programs to choose from such as diplomas, masters and doctoral degrees in our three main areas: Humanities, Languages and Literatures and Fine Arts. You don’t have to plan this now, but it’s good to have an eye on the future.  

See our graduate programs

Thinking of going on to study Law, Management, or Education?  

The Faculty of Arts helps you gain valuable skills that can prepare you for studies in:  

Law: For example, Philosophy students’ scores on standardized admission tests such as the LSAT (for Law schools) are exceptionally high. Graduates from History and English programs also rank among the best LSAT scores. 

Management: Philosophy graduates’ scores on the GMAT are also notably high.  

Future teachers: Don’t forget the teachable subjects you need for the intermediate or senior level. Disciplines offered in the Faculty of Arts that count as teachable subjects include the following: English, English as a Second Language, French as a Second Language, Geography, History, Lettres françaises, Music, Religious Studies, Theatre and Visual Arts. 

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Program structures

1 course = 3 units in general
3 years90 units4 years120 units
numbers to illustrate the option as 90 units or 120 units for the interdisciplinary studies

Bachelor of Arts In Interdisciplinary Studies

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: n/a

Disciplinary courses second discipline: n/a

Elective courses: 78 or 108 units

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of credits: 48-12-60

Honours Bachelor

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 60 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: n/a

Elective courses: 48 units

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 30-18-12-60

Honours Bachelor with Minor

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 60 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: 30 units

Elective courses: 18 units

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 36-12-42-30

Honours with Major and Minor

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 42 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: 30 units

Elective courses: 36 units

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 24-12-42-42

Honours Bachelors with a Double Major

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 42 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: 42 units

Elective courses: 24 units

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 12-27-12-36-42-36-42

Joint Honours Bachelor

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: Between 36 or 42 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: Between 36 or 42 units

Elective courses: Between 12 or 27 units

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 36-12-72

Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA)

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 72 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: n/a

Elective courses: 36 units

3 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 117-3

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (BFA)

Basic skills courses: 3 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 117 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: n/a

Elective courses: n/a

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 12-6-102

Bachelor of Music (Bmus)

Basic skills courses: 6 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 102 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: n/a

Elective courses: 12 units

5 years150 units
Illustration of the distribution of 150 credits: 3-87-60

Bachelor of Music / Honours Bachelor of Science with Major

Basic skills courses: 3 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 87 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: 60 units of chosen Major in Science 

Elective courses: n/a

6 years180 units
Illustration of the distribution of 180 credits: 6-60-63-51

Honours Bachelor in lettres françaises and baccalauréat en éducation

Basic skills courses: 6 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 60 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: 63 units (courses of the baccalauréat en éducation)

Elective courses: 51 units

5 years180 units
Illustration of the distribution of 180 credits: 6-42-63-69

Major in lettres françaises and baccalauréat en éducation

Basic skills courses: 6 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 42 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: 63 units

Elective courses: 69 units*

* Students must choose from one of the following:

Path 1 : Add a major with 42 course units 27 elective course units

Path 2 : Add a minor with 30 course units 39 elective course units   

4 years120 units
Illustration of the distribution of 120 credits: 12-60-30 or 42-6 or 18

Honours B.Sc. in Physical Gegoraphy and Geomatics

Basic skills courses: 12 units
(English (ENG), Philosophy (PHI), Arts, Humanities and Languages (AHL))

Disciplinary courses first discipline: 60 units

Disciplinary courses second discipline: 30 or 42 units

Elective courses: 6 or 18 units