Course Sequence - General Bachelor of Arts with Minor

The General BA is flexible and provides students not only with a comprehensive general education in a setting known for its vibrancy, but also with the opportunity to take a range of courses in Arts specific fields (fine arts, humanities, languages and literatures) or in other faculties. Students can also complete a minor in a specific subject, such as a foreign language, art history, music, theatre, communication, history, geography, religious studies or linguistics.

The curriculum is geared to students looking for a broad education; it allows students to explore several disciplines before concentrating on one field later on.


The General Arts program at the University of Ottawa leads to a General Bachelor of Arts degree, which requires the equivalent of three years of university studies and 90 credits (30 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Three-year General Bachelor of Arts
  • Three-year General Bachelor of Arts with Minor

Language of instruction

All programs are offered in English and in French.


Careers opportunities are available in: 

  • Public sector
  • Private sector

These programs can also lead to professional graduate training in: 

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Education

What can I do with my studies?

( is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for graduates with a general arts degree. 


A minimum of 12 credits at the 3000 level and above is required
ENG100 Workshop in Essay Writing3
PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking3
3 credits from :
ENG1120 Literature and Composistion I : Prose Fiction3
ENG1121 Literature and Composistion II : Drama and Poetry3
3 credits from :
PHI1102 Moral Reasoning3
PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions3
PHI1104 Great Philosophers3
12 ENG credits at the 2000 or 3000 level (except for students completing a minor in English)
A minor offered by the Faculty of Arts
36 elective credits
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