Bachelor of Arts: Humanities Major (4-Year)

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 30 credits.

Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 9 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to

  • evaluate information for its relevance and reliability.
  • employ consciously and systematically the tools, mechanisms and processes of critical thinking.
  • articulate logical arguments based on relevant information.
  • interpret and evaluate literary and artistic works carefully and sympathetically.
  • analyze historical sources and evaluate the interpretative perspectives contained therein.
  • recognize the ways in which knowledge and the arts are socially constructed and sanctioned.
  • demonstrate familiarity with the methods and procedures of several humanities disciplines.
  • demonstrate acquired knowledge in several humanities disciplines.
  • perceive parallels and relationships in the evolution of philosophy, social and political thought, literature, music and the visual arts.
  • describe major cultural movements and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
  • show an awareness of diverse forms of knowledge and ways of understanding the human situation.
  • accurately integrate data, research and insights from related disciplines.
  • discuss significant debates and changing practices within the humanities disciplines.
  • show some insight into the fundamental ethical, religious and social issues confronted by major thinkers in the humanities disciplines.
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of at least one specialized interdisciplinary field or area of knowledge within the humanities disciplines.
  • plan and conduct broadly based, interdisciplinary research.
  • communicate research results orally in a clear and effective manner.
  • compose clearly written, structured and well-documented essays and reports.

Possible Career Options

  • Civil Servant
  • Research Project Manager
  • Arts administrator
  • Publisher and/or Editor
  • Journalist
  • Film/Television Producer
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • graduate studies in several humanities disciplines
  • education: bachelors/master
  • teaching English as a second language (TESL)
  • library science
  • social work
  • law
  • police studies

* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.


Updated June 26 2017 by Web Strategy, Advancement