Arts & Social Sciences BA

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Arts & Social Sciences BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    A BA in the Arts and Social Sciences form the University of Dalhousie will give you an excellent grounding in the creative and performing arts as well as in the social sciences, which form the backbone of so many different careers and fields of study.  

    You’ll study a wide range of topics including history, political science, sociology, anthropology and English. You’ll explore how the different roots of any culture merge to produce something as complex as a country, society or organisation, seeing deep below the surface. This degree will prepare you for a career, or for further study at the Master’s level.

    In addition, you’ll have all the advantages provided by Dalhousie’s BA programs generally. These include the flexibility to combine different majors and minors together to form the perfect degree for your interests and future plans and the critical thinking, communication and professional skills you’ll need in any career. Your studies will begin with the DalCAP Coordinated Arts Program curriculum, and then become more specialised.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.  You’ll begin with the CAP program curriculum for your first year. This is a common set of core courses which all BA students take together It includes an introduction to Political Science, Sociology, and Social Anthropology.

    Dalhousie offers many different Arts and Social Sciences programs.

    Majors on offer include:

    • Theatre
    • Spanish & Latin American Studies
    • Sociology & Social Anthropology
    • Russian Studies
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Music
    • International Development Studies
    • History of Science and Technology (King’s)
    • History
    • German
    • Gender and Women’s Studies
    • French
    • European Studies
    • English
    • Early Modern Studies (King’s)
    • Creative Writing
    • Costume Studies
    • Contemporary Studies (King’s)
    • Classics
    • Cinema and Media Studies
    • Canadian Studies

     

    A list of possible minors would include:

    • Security Studies
    • Popular Culture Studies
    • Middle East Studies
    • Medieval Studies
    • Law and Society
    • Latin American Studies
    • Journalism Studies (King’s)
    • Italian Studies
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Health Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Black and African Diaspora Studies
    • Bioethics
    • Arabic Studies

    Learning And Teaching

    Dalhousie University’s undergraduate programs are delivered via many teaching methods, including lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs.

    You’ll have the support of the school’s Academic Advisors throughout your stay at Dalhousie. They can help you with study skills coaching, guide you to meet all of your educational goals and identify appropriate optional programs, such as co-op or study abroad.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you for a wide range of industries and fields. Some students continue academically, remaining long enough to gain a Masters or even PhD degree. Others have gone on to take professional training, building exciting careers in public administration, medicine or the law.

    Recent graduates have accepted roles as business managers, civil servants, film makers, global banking and currency specialists, writers, journalists, photographers, museum researchers, interpreters and policy advisors.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school program, or the international equivalent. In either case, they should be able to show an overall grade of 70% (or equivalent).

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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