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General Studies Program


Bachelor of Arts: General Studies (3 year – 90 credits)

The General Studies program is the quintessential liberal arts university program. It gives students the widest array of choices from the arts and sciences curriculum and it encourages a synthetic approach to the university intellectual experience. All courses are taken in specific programs and disciplines but combine to provide students with an excellent foundational university degree. General Studies students are required to identify two specific disciplines in which they will complete a minor, in order to build depth and expertise into their degree. The program intends to develop critical thinking skills across the spectrum of Ambrose course offerings, hoping to promote a desire for intellectual integration in the context of Christian thought.

Since General Studies is one of the programs in the Humanities Department, all General Studies students also take a series of humanities courses, which include academic writing, the Christian intellectual tradition, cognate credits in English, history, or philosophy, and a humanities capstone course.

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will develop:

  • Understanding: Graduates will be able to articulate their rich understanding of the human story, as expressed in the diverse intellectual creations, scientific knowledge, and religious traditions of diverse Western, Indigenous Canadian, and other world cultures.
  • Research: Graduates will be able to apply diverse research skills employed in various Arts and Science disciplines to solve problems and advance knowledge.
  • Analysis: Graduates will be able to apply the skill of critical thinking, using the methods, approaches, and theories appropriate to various Arts and Science disciplines to analyze diverse and complex forms of information.
  • Communication: Graduates will be able to communicate clearly, concisely, and compellingly to impart knowledge and express themselves.
  • Character: Graduates will exemplify maturity of character which represents the best of the Christian intellectual tradition and a liberal arts education, and which expresses itself in wisdom, integrity, service to neighbour and society, and responsibility towards the world in which they live.

Career and Education Paths

The graduating student will:

  • hold a degree suitable for entry into Education after-degree programs, as well as seminary, law school, and other professional programs for which a basic university degree is required or encouraged;
  • hold a degree suitable for entry level positions in a wide variety of fields where basic university education is valued and encouraged.

Bachelor of Arts: General Studies Concentration Program Requirements (3 year - 90 credits)

UNI 101 The Ambrose Experience (non-credit)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine or Performing Arts (3 credits)
(ART, DA, FA, MU, TH, EN 100, EN 200, EN 350)

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
*Note: Not all KIN courses can be used as Science credits; check the course descriptions.

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
(the above, plus MA)

Social Science (6 credits)

Humanities Requirements (12 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
HUM 201 Reading and Writing in the Christian Intellectual Tradition
3 credits at the 300-level in English (EN), History (HI) or Philosophy (PH)
HUM 485 Humanities Capstone

Electives (45 credits), within which must be completed two Arts and Science minors.
To meet senior level requirements in the program, at least 33 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level.
     Arts and Science or Open Electives (45 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of The Ambrose Experience (UNI 101) (non-credit; this course is required for all programs, and must be completed within the first two semesters of enrolment. Students who do not complete UNI 101 may not be permitted to continue in their program.)
  • Completion of a total of 90 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 42 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0