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
- Film/Television Producer
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
Possible Further Education Options
At Athabasca University
- Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MAIS)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd)
- Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Distance Education Technology
- Master of Counselling (MC)
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling
At Other Educational Institutions*
- graduate studies in several humanities disciplines
- education: bachelors/master
- teaching English as a second language (TESL)
- library science
- social work
- 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