Bachelor of Arts students learn to become problem solvers and innovative thinkers who approach issues with an open mind and think critically.

You will learn to communicate clearly, argue logically, cultivate leadership and collaboration skills, and expand your worldview.

Graduates with a degree in Arts are well equipped to move on to graduate and professional schools, such as law, medicine, education, and dentistry, or to enter into the competitive job market.

Programs of study in the Arts

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Mount Allison can find programs of study in both Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences.


English professor teaching Intro to Poetry.Within the Faculty of Arts you examine how the human experience has been understood and expressed throughout history. Courses examine some of life's most fundamental questions, expanding your horizons and fueling your imagination as you learn to approach issues with fresh perspectives.

Arts and Humanities at Mount Allison:

*Available as a minor only


Environmental studies field trip.Within the Faculty of Social Sciences you examine human culture and society using scientific methods. Programs within the Faculty of Social Sciences study how people interact with their environment and each other through economic, political, religious, gender, and kinship systems. 

Social Sciences at Mount Allison: 

*Available as a minor only

Mathematics class at Mount Allison.Other options
Among the benefits of a Mount Allison education are the interdisciplinary opportunities in every degree or program.

Other options of majors for our Bachelor of Arts:

In order to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete 120 credits.

Bachelor of Arts - credits

For a BA, one of the following must be completed: 

  • a major + minor (most common)
  • a double or joint major
  • a general degree with three minors
  • a specialized degree with an honours (no minor required)

Not sure about the difference between major, minor, and honours?

For more details, see the Mount Allison Academic Calendar.

Distribution credits

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Mount Allison will learn how to take an interdisciplinary approach to important issues by taking courses from outside their program of study through distribution requirements.

Students must complete six credits (two courses) in each of four categories:

  • Arts and letters – art history, drama, English, Fine Arts, French studies, German studies, Hispanic studies, Japanese studies, linguistics, Music, visual and material cultures
  • Humanities – Canadian studies, community engaged learning, classics, Greek, history, Indigenous studies, Latin, philosophy, religious studies, visual and material cultures, women's and gender studies
  • Social sciences – Commerce, economics, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, international relations, political science, sociology, women's and gender studies
  • Sciences – biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, data science, environmental science, mathematics, physics, psychology