Academics & Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts Community

Major, Honours, Minor

Academic Departments

Liberal Arts Approach

Skills and Career Development

Bachelor of Arts Community

The St. Thomas University Bachelor of Arts is unique in Canada. As the core academic program, the Bachelor of Arts is the heart of our academic community. All 1,800 undergraduates are Bachelor of Arts students—connected by their interest in the social sciences and humanities.

For more information on programs and courses, explore the Academic Calendar.


Major, Honours, Minor

You will be required to choose at least one major—a concentration of studies in one academic field—but not before exploring courses in disciplines that interest you.

You will have the option of pursuing honours by completing a higher level of courses in one area, and—depending on departmental requirements—writing and defending a thesis in a particular area of the field.

If you develop a general interest in a particular field, but do not wish to pursue a major, you have the ability to complete a minor in the field. 

Academic Departments


Catholic Studies (Minor, Major)

Communications and Public Policy (Minor, Major) 

English Language and Literature (Minor, Major, Honours)

English as a Second Language

Fine Arts (Minor, Major, Honours)

French (Minor, Major, Honours)

Great Books (Minor, Major, Honours)

History (Minor, Major, Honours)

Human Rights (Minor, Major, Honours)

Interdisciplinary Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)

Irish Studies (Minor, Major)



Journalism (Minor, Major)


Media Studies

Native Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)

Philosophy (Minor, Major, Honours)

Religious Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)

Romance Languages (Minor, Major, Honours)

Spanish and Latin American Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)

Social Sciences

Anthropology (Minor, Major, Honours)

Criminology & Criminal Justice (Minor, Major, Honours)

Economics (Minor, Major, Honours)

Environment and Society (Minor, Major)

Gerontology (Minor, Major)

International Relations (Minor, Major, Honours)

Law, Politics, and Society (Minor, Major)

Political Science (Minor, Major, Honours)

Psychology (Minor, Major, Honours)

Science and Technology Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)

Sociology (Minor, Major, Honours)

Women's Studies and Gender Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors are earned by taking suggested courses from various disciplines around a common theme.

Business Studies


Film Studies

Irish Studies

Latin American Studies

Medieval Studies

Peace Studies

US Studies


Students can take electives such as Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Maliseet, and Social Work.

Students are also able to take two courses per semester from the University of New Brunswick as part of their degree from St. Thomas University.

Liberal Arts Approach

Our purpose is to provide you with a broad academic foundation for more focused academic study during your upper years. During the first half of your degree, you study topics that interest you, discover what motivates you, and learn about a range of issues and different perspectives. By later years—through your studies and mentorship from professors—you have a better idea of what you want from your education, and how you can take what you are learning into your career.

Skills and Career Development

Liberal arts graduates possess superior skills in analytical thinking and problem solving, communication, cultural literacy, the ability to see situations from multiple perspectives, leadership and team skills, organizational and research skills. Graduates move into exciting careers in almost every sector. We’ve profiled graduates on our Alumni Career Network to show the breadth, depth, and impact of a liberal arts degree.