The four pillars of the University's Commitment are foundational to your McGill experience. As a student in the Faculty of Arts, you will be immersed in a culture grounded in your program’s unique perspectives, approach and curriculum.
Study with the best, and learn from the best
- Faculty of Arts professors are Teacher-Scholars: they are both leading researchers in their fields, and our undergraduates’ teachers. Our professors make the Faculty of Arts a rich learning environment and a site for internationally renowned research.
- Tenure track academic staff now number about 300. Recruited from around the world, many have come to McGill in the last ten years in a period of unprecedented academic renewal.
- Arts students have the highest entrance grades in Canada, and are counted among the best in the world.
- When you choose to study the humanities and social sciences at McGill, both your fellow students and your professors-will inspire you to push yourself to achieve heights you never dreamed possible.
Create the degree program that is right for you
- The Bachelor of Arts degree integrates the Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, and a wide range of Interdisciplinary Studies into a coherent academic program.
- The multi-track system offers you the opportunity to combine an honours and a minor concentration or a combination of major and minor concentrations.
- The multi-track system gives you an unprecedented degree of flexibility in designing your program of study. It allows you to tailor your degree to fit with your specific interests and enables you to acquire a breadth of knowledge in at least two core disciplines in the social sciences and/or humanities, and provides you with the option of doing a minor concentration in another Faculty. The multi-track system allows students great program flexibility which
- You can opt for a highly-specialized Honours or Joint Honours program or a more focused Major or Double Major program. You may also add a minor in a discipline in another faculty.
Honours programs include supervised research, require students to maintain a high academic standard, and provide solid preparation for graduate school.
Major programs focus on a primary area of study, such as Anthropology, English, or Political Science, to name but three possibilities.
Minor programs provide the opportunity to complement and expand the primary disciplinary focus of your honours or major concentration.
- Discover all your program choices on our Programs of Study webpage.
Other options for as you design your degree
- You have options when you come to a flexible faculty in a comprehensive university:
- You have the option to take individual courses or pursue a minor concentration outside the Faculty of Arts in a number of other faculties and programs.
- You have the option to study both arts and science at McGill, whether as a Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) student, or as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) student. Find out which option is best for you on the Bachelor of Arts and Science website.
Faculty of Arts Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS)
- OASIS is your first stop for obtaining information and support so that you will be able to complete your degree in a timely manner.
- OASIS advisors provide advice and support to Arts students regarding their academic trajectory, from entry to graduation at all times valuing and respecting the principles of fairness, accessibility, respect, engagement, confidentiality.
Faculty of Arts Internship Program
- Faculty of Arts Internships are an ideal way for you to translate your classroom experience into real-world situations and to gain practical experience in your field before you graduate.
- Internships are now an integral part of undergraduate programs at North America’s top universities.
- Most top graduate programs and leading employers require that you have completed at least one internship.
- The opportunities the Faculty of Arts provides are unparalleled in their breadth and diversity both at McGill and across Canada.
- The Faculty of Arts offers two types of internships:
- With an organization anywhere in the world
- With a professor doing high level research
- No matter which you choose, by the end of your experience you will find yourself in a better position to evaluate the direction you wish to follow and the type of career you may choose to pursue.
Intern with an organization anywhere in the world
- The Arts Internship Office can provide you all the assistance you need to find the right internship for you. Whether it’s working on environmental conservation in Northern Quebec, learning trade and diplomacy at a Canadian embassy in Latin America, supporting indigenous people’s advocacy in South Africa, or working at a Hollywood film production company, there are hundreds of opportunities out there, one of which will be right for you. If you will be returning to McGill the semester following your internship and meet the academic criteria, you are eligible to apply for an Arts Internship Award.
- Each year, more than 100 students receive over $200,000 in funding.
Intern with a professor doing high level research
- Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards (ARIA) provide financial support to undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. This is an opportunity to engage in a high level of scholarship, to enhance your research skills and knowledge in your field, to give you a taste of what life in the academy is like, and to develop a mentoring relationship with your supervising professor that can last a lifetime.
Study Abroad And Summer
Arts OASIS Study Abroad/Exchange Programs: Students may take courses in other universities either by participating in exchanges with our partner universities located all over the world, or by independent study away. Students have the option of studying abroad for either a term or a full year. As an exchange student, McGill students pay McGill tuition and fees while at their host institution. Independent study away students pay the host institutions tuition and fees.
The Li Ka Shing Liberal Arts Exchange Initiative is a partnership between McGill's Faculty of Arts and the College of Liberal Arts at Shantou University. It offers the unique opportunity for students explore the distinctive artistic, political and intellectual traditions of our respective countries.
Field Studies: McGill offers students a chance to put theory into practice through local, regional, and international field study semesters and individual courses. Administered by the Faculty of Science, but open to Arts students, field studies provide practical experience and a chance to integrate and apply knowledge gained in the classroom. In many cases, field courses can be counted toward major program requirements.
Summer School in Greece, organized by McGill in collaboration with the International Hellenic University, was held in 2015 from June 2 – 28 in Thessalonilki, one of Greece’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Students from McGill and from accredited institutions around the world will have the unique opportunity to take a 3-credit course entitled Mediterranean and European Interconnections.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Arts Student Employment Fund (ASEF) supports career-advancing and/or academically-based employment opportunities for Arts undergraduate students. These include Casual Research Assistant positions with professors within the Faculty of Arts, as well as various employment opportunities with other units across campus.
The Work Study Program offers students with financial need access to clerical, research, technical, library or other jobs on campus or in some of the McGill-affiliated hospitals and organizations. The program not only helps students financially but can develop career-related skills and experience. Many professors avail themselves of this program to hire Arts students to work on their research.
Acceptance to the program is based primarily on financial need.
Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards (ARIA) support undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students engage in a high level of scholarship, enhancing their research skills and knowledge of their fields, and are mentored by their supervising professors. Professors gained research support from some of the Faculty’s brightest students.
The BA&Sc Undergraduate Research Project Course is an independent research project course which integrates both an Arts discipline and a Science discipline. It is open to students in any Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.) program. It can be taken as early as after one term of undergraduate studies.
The Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research website includes information on how to find research opportunities that are right for you.
Your time at McGill is more than just about classes. Here are just some ways in which you can get involved:
The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) is the student association of all McGill students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A. & Sc.) degree. According to our Constitution, the AUS exists to: represent all McGill students in the Faculty of Arts and to promote their welfare and interests, and to provide activities and services to enhance the educational, cultural, environmental, and social conditions of its members. The AUS is a student association accredited by the Gouvernement du Québec (R.S.Q. Ch.A-3.01). The AUS is independent of McGill University. Every undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts & Science degree is automatically a member of the AUS.
The Arts Student Advising Program (ASAP) is a joint effort between the Arts OASIS office and the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). A peer mentoring program, it provides students with an opportunity to acquire peer advising skills. Each year, a number of upper level undergraduate students are hired to provide over-the-counter, telephone and chat-line support to their peers.
Undergraduate Student Department Associations: Every department or unit in the Faculty of Arts has an undergraduate student department association. The executives are elected by undergraduate student members of the department and represent every student who has declared a Major, Minor, or Honours concentration in that unit. They are the social, cultural, political, and educational departmental hub for students and perform the functions of student government and representation at the departmental level. Go to the department website to find the link to their Undergraduate Student Association and learn about what they have to offer.
The Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) is your student government and represents all McGill undergraduates at the University level. It defines itself by three pillars: service, representation and leadership. Its mission is to represent and advance the diverse needs of McGill Undergraduate Students by: improving the quality and accessibility of education; providing outstanding services; and promoting social, cultural and personal opportunities. The SSMU provides you with the opportunity to get involved and to take a direct role in student life.
Student Clubs: SSMU Clubs are one of most popular ways to get involved on campus, and if you aren’t able to find a group that you’re interested in joining, you have the opportunity to start your own club and find other like-minded students.
Student Newspapers: The McGill Daily is an independent student newspaper at McGill University and is entirely run by students. It has been in production for over 100 years and has been the training ground for generations of journalists since its inception in 1911. The McGill Tribune is an independent, entirely student run newspaper that was founded in 1981. Its editors have gone on to work and write for magazines, national newspapers and international media companies.
Theatre at McGill: McGill boasts a number of theatre groups including the McGill Players’ Theatre, the McGill Savoy Society, the Tuesday Night Café Theatre, the Classics Play, and the Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society.