Future Students

Registration Information

The below information is for incoming students. This should help you familiarize yourself with the registration process, degree requirements, and more. First-year registration opens on WebAdvisor at 9:00 am, Friday, May 26, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Academic Advising at advising@stu.ca
(P) 506-452-0532, or (TF) 1-877-788-4443.

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA): To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, you must successfully complete 40 semester long courses. This is normally done by taking five classes each semester for four years.


Semesters:
The academic year runs from September 2017 to April 2018. Courses will be offered in either Semester 1 (September to December 2017), Semester 2 (January to April 2018). Full-year courses are offered for the entire academic year (September to April).


Days: Some courses meet three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (MWF) and some courses meet for a longer period of time twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday (TTH) or Monday and Wednesday (MW). Classes that meet once a week are three hours long. Students are expected to attend class on each of the scheduled days.

Credit Hours: Credit hours (ch) are the credit value assigned to a course. A 6 credit hour course is normally offered over two semesters of an academic year. A 3 credit hour course is normally offered within one semester of an academic year.

Course Load: The normal course load for full-time students is 30 credit hours per year. Full-time students usually take a total of ten courses per academic year (five courses each semester.) It does not matter what combination of 3 credit hour 6 six credit hour courses you take, as long as you have five courses in each semester and a total of 30 credit hours for the full year. Taking less than five courses in a semester will extend the time it takes to complete your BA degree beyond four years. Please note, some scholarships require you to take a full course load (30 credit hours).

Course Numbers: The course subject, number, and abbreviated title, with the final grade and credit hours, are recorded on the academic record. The four digits of the course number provide some information concerning the course:

1. First Digit - The following scale of the first-digit course numbers responds to the level of progression within the discipline:

0000 - non-credit, continuing education
1000 - introductory
2000 – intermediate
3000 - advanced
4000 - seminars, Honours, independent study
5000 - second undergraduate, professional

2. Second/Third Digit - The second and third digits are determined by the academic department.

3. Fourth Digit - The fourth digit designates the credit value of the course: Eg. 6 = 6 credit hours, normally offered over two semesters of an academic year; 3 = 3 credit hours, normally offered within one semester of an academic year.


Course Sections: A letter designates a section of a course. A single course may be offered in different timeslots, by different professors, or in different locations (eg. JOUR- 1113 B).

If you enroll in a full-year course, you will be required to take both sections (eg. HIST 1006 A1 and HIST 1006 A2)

Course Descriptions: Course descriptions inform you about the subject matter of the course. You can find a course description for each course you are interested in by visiting stu.ca/academics. Click the subject of interest followed by “Courses.”


Choosing First-Year Courses


There is no pre-planned schedule of courses that students must take in the first-year. This allows students to take the time to explore their interests and abilities. Below, you will see a sample student schedule.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

10:30 am - 11:20 am

Economics

Introduction to Economics

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

10:30 am- 11:20 am

Economics

Introduction to Economics

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

10:30 am - 11:20 am

Criminology

Introduction to Criminology

11:30 am - 12:20 pm

English

English Literatures

11:30 am - 12:50 pm

Criminology

Introduction to Criminology

11:30 am - 12:20 pm

English

English Literatures

11:30 am - 12:50 pm

Criminology

Introduction to Criminology

11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Human Rights

Introduction to Human Rights

2:30 pm - 5:20 pm

       

Majors and Minor Requirements

Major: 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. Normally, 36 credit hours (12 courses) in one subject constitute a major.

IMPORTANT - You will be expected to declare your major to the Registrar’s Office during your second year of study, and must declare a major by the beginning of your third year. This means if you do not have a major in mind, you still have time to decide.

Honours: Honours level credit is offered in a number of academic fields at St. Thomas. To earn Honours in a subject, you will complete more, and higher level courses in that field, as well as a major project or thesis.

Minor: If you develop an interest in a field, but do not wish to pursue a major, you have the opportunity to complete a minor in the field. A minor requires you to successfully complete 18 credit hours (6 courses) over the duration of your degree.

Academic Departments

Humanities

Catholic Studies (Minor, Major)
Communications and Public Policy (Minor, Major)
Digital Journalism and New Media (Minor, Major)
English Language and Literature (Minor, Major, Honours)
Fine Arts (Minor, Major, Honours)
French (Minor, Major, Honours)
Great Books (Minor, Major, Honours)
History (Minor, Major, Honours)
Human Rights (Minor, Major)
Interdisciplinary Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)
Irish Studies (Minor, Major)
Italian
Japanese
Latin
Media Studies
Native Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)
Philosophy (Minor, Major, Honours)
Religious Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)
Romance Languages (Minor, Major, Honours)
Spanish (Minor, Major, Honours)

Social Sciences

Anthropology (Minor, Major, Honours)
Criminology & Criminal Justice (Minor, Major, Honours)
Economics (Minor, Major, Honours)
Environment and Society (Major)
Gerontology (Minor, Major)
International Relations (Minor, Major, Honours)
Mathematics (Major)
Political Science (Minor, Major, Honours)
Psychology (Minor, Major, Honours)
Science and Technologies Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)
Sociology (Minor, Major, Honours)
Women's Studies and Gender Studies (Minor, Major, Honours)

Electives: Electives are courses that you can take out of interest and are not required courses for your major or minor. You will be able to take electives such as Biology, Chemistry, Mandarin, Maliseet, and Social Work.


Intended Major: If you have indicated an “intended major” it is advisable to take the introductory courses (1000 level courses) in that subject area during your first year of studies. Your other courses will be in subjects that interest you.

Here are some examples:

If your intended major is Anthropology, during your first year, you should take:
ANTH 1013 and ANTH 1023

If your intended major is English, during your first year, you should take:
ENGL 1016

If your intended major is Criminology, during your first year, you should take:
CRIM 1013 and CRIM 1023

Please note you will officially declare your major with the Registrar’s Office in your second year of study.

General Curriculum Requirements


The Bachelor of Arts curriculum is organized on the basis of a preparatory first year of general studies, partly prescribed, followed by three years of more intensive study in areas dictated by your interests.


In order to meet the goal of a liberal education to develop a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding, our curriculum is offered in different groups and levels of courses.

IMPORTANT- Over your four years of study, you must successfully complete the following credits from each of the designated groups:

Group A: 12 credit hours (normally taken in first year) from:

Communications and Public Policy
Digital Journalism and New Media
English
French
History
Human Rights
Irish Studies
Italian
Japanese
Latin
Native Studies (Maliseet)
Native Studies (Mi’kmaq)
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Spanish

Group B:
12 credit hours (normally taken in first year) from:

Anthropology
Business

Criminology

Economics
International Relations

Native Studies

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology
Women's Studies and Gender Studies

You will be required to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours from Group C or Group D, or both. This means that a combination of courses from Environment & Society, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology Studies, Fine Arts, Music and Visual Arts, totaling 6 credit hours, will satisfy requirements. For example, 6 credit hours in Group C and none in Group D; 6 credit hours in Group D and none in Group C; 3 credit hours in Group C and 3 credit hours in Group D.

Please note that if your major is Psychology, you are not required to complete these requirements in Group C.

Group C:

Environment and Society

Mathematics

Natural Sciences (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics)

Science and Technology Studies

Group D:

Fine Arts
Music
Visual Arts

Aquinas Program

For first-year students, the Aquinas Program is an innovative approach to learning that combines three academic disciplines in a small-class setting where seminars, team teaching, and interdisciplinary approaches foster a high level of literacy and critical thinking.


First-year students typically take five courses in five subject areas. In Aquinas, three of these courses are organized into one section with a common theme and the same group of students and professors. Enrollment in each section of Aquinas is limited to a maximum of 36 students. In this close-knit community, you will have the opportunity to participate actively and share ideas with other students and three professors. While providing required first-year credits, Aquinas thoroughly introduces new academic disciplines and areas for exploration and discovery. It is an ideal way to begin a rewarding university education.

Aquinas Program Sections:

Great Books

Students interested in this section must register for all three courses:

AQGB- PO 1006 (Political Science)
AQGB- PH 1006 (Philosophy)
AQGB- EN 1006 (English)

Great Books for Human Rights

Students interested in this section must register for all three courses:

AQGB- PO 1006 (Political Science)
AQGB- EN 1006 (English)
AQGB- HR 1006 (Human Rights)

University Calendar

For more information on programs, course descriptions, academic policies, and more, please refer to the St. Thomas University Academic Calendar.