40 The Faculty of Arts

Who We Are

    We are an innovative Faculty that has been serving students and launching careers since 1908. Our 49,000 plus alumni make an important difference in communities everywhere and contribute to our cultural lives. And they enjoy interesting careers in every sector of the economy, including the oil and gas sector, business, government, IT, education and in non-profit organizations.

    The Faculty of Arts is a strong partner and research contributor to the University of Alberta, in part because of our size — we are one of the largest Faculties on campus.

What We Do

    The Faculty of Arts supports your learning and curiosity by offering almost 900 distinct courses. We empower your career with undergraduate, master's, and PhD degrees, as well as a range of certificate programs to complement your skills and aspirations. The varied disciplines covered by these degrees are grouped into four broad areas of study:

Social Sciences


Interdisciplinary Studies

Fine Arts

    Within the four areas of study we offer more than 60 areas to focus on, ranging from industrial design to economics. Our undergraduate degrees offer opportunities for experiential, hands-on learning, which includes paid work terms, research scholarships, entrepreneurial ventures, community-based experiences and study abroad experiences in locations such as Cortona, Italy. Arts students have access to a large scholarship pool totaling over $450,000 annually.

    Our graduate programs attract outstanding students from around the globe, and their talents enrich our teaching, research and campus communities.

Faculty Awards and Accomplishments

    Our track record of excellent research and teaching could not happen without award-winning Faculty. In 2014, we were the recipient of an unprecedented eight University of Alberta teaching excellence awards. Arts is also home to six University Cup recipients, which is the highest honor the University of Alberta bestows on its academic staff.

    Our reputation is also acknowledged nationally and internationally:

Seven 3M Teaching Fellowships.

The Department of English and Film studies is ranked 22nd in the world by the QS World Rankings of disciplines.

The Departments of Philosophy and Sociology are ranked between 51-100 in the world. The Departments of Linguistics, History and Classics, Psychology and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies placed between 101-150 out of 2,000 universities surveyed worldwide.

Arts has a 40 percent success rate for SSHRC research grants, which is higher than the national average.

23 Royal Society of Canada Fellows.

One inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

10 Canada Research Chairs.

One 2014 Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship.

    Our graduates learn to listen, to think critically and rationally, to communicate effectively, to work independently and in teams, and to make reasoned value judgments. They are knowledgeable about the past and prepared to examine the future. They approach the dynamic global culture with experience in other languages and in the study of societies and cultures. Our graduates are engaged and creative citizens – people with the critical skills to tackle complex global problems, and the creativity to envision and pursue a different world.

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Calendar Home Page
Notices, Errata, Addendum

Welcome from the President


Academic Schedule
 11Major Deadlines from the 2015-2016 Academic Schedule
 11.1Academic Schedule 2015-2016 (monthly listing of academic events on campus)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines for Admission and Readmission

Undergraduate Admission
 13Admission to Undergraduate Programs
 14General Admission Requirements
 15Admission for Applicants from International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Curricula
 16Admission Requirements by Faculty

University Regulations and Information for Students
 20General University Policies
 21Classification of Students
 22Registration and Fees
 23Academic Regulations
 24Student Services
 25Code of Student Behaviour
 26Code of Applicant Behaviour

30Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
40Faculty of Arts
50Augustana Faculty
60Faculty of Business
70Faculty of Education
80Faculty of Engineering
90Faculty of Extension
100Faculty of Law
110Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
120Faculty of Native Studies
130Faculty of Nursing
140Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
150Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
160School of Public Health
170Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
180Faculté Saint-Jean
191Faculty of Science

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
 200The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
 201Members of the Faculty
 202General Information
 203Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
 204Supervision and Examinations
 205Graduate Programs
 206Graduate Financial Support

Open Studies

Course Listings
 230Details of Courses
 231Course Listings


General Information
 241University History and Traditions
 242Constitution of the University
 243University Libraries
 244Alumni Association
 245Affiliated Colleges

University Staff
 250Continuing Academic Staff
 252Associate and Adjunct Staff
 253Honorary Degree Recipients