College of Arts

Succeed in a fast-changing economy

Succeed in a fast-changing economy

A Bachelor of Arts degree is more than a series of courses; it is a journey of personal transformation where you develop the skills and knowledge you need for a successful life.

A study by the Business Council of Canada has shown that employers hire and promote recruits who have the soft skills that a Bachelor of Arts helps you hone – critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills. Not to mention other valued skills you learn along the way, such as teamwork, writing, and research.

The 51 Bachelor of Arts offers dozens of majors, minors, and extended minors in the humanities, social sciences, and multi-disciplinary studies to provide you with career-specific knowledge. Each discipline provides its own range of options and electives to allow you to customize your learning experience in preparation for your career of choice.

As part of your degree, you get to develop an ePortfolio — an online collection of videos, photos, podcasts, and documents demonstrating your skills — that you can leverage on your résumé or graduate application.

In addition, you can take advantage of practicum placements, study abroad opportunities, and optional paid co-op work semesters throughout your studies to expand your horizons and get life and work experience.

When you graduate, you are fully equipped to tackle employment, entrepreneurship, further education, and the social and ethical duties of citizenship — both locally and globally.

Career Outlook for Bachelor of Arts

Career outcomes for Bachelor of Arts graduates relates to their chosen discipline and may include social services, management, community development, law enforcement, public relations, marketing and more.

Options are also open to pursue further studies and launch a career in arts, education, counselling, law, politics, or finance.

A long-range study by the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) found that social sciences and humanities grads start out with average salary of $40,000 right after graduation. Thirteen years later, their earnings have moved steadily up to the $80,000 range, to match the average earnings of math and science grads.