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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Arts 3. Faculty Regulations 3.1 Admission
3.1 Admission

New applicants should refer to A.2 Undergraduate Admission in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this Calendar for regulations regarding University admission requirements.


Prospective students wishing to enrol in any program of the Faculty of Arts need adequate preparation. High school matriculation or the equivalent is required and English Language Arts 30-1 as well as four other subjects, as specified in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this Calendar, must be included.

The following additional preparation items pertain to particular programs:

1. Mathematics Preparation: Students intending to major in Archaeology, Economics, Geography or Psychology should note that Alberta Education Pure Mathematics 30, Mathematics 30-1 (or the equivalent from other jurisdictions) is a prerequisite for some required courses and should be completed prior to admission.

2. Additional Grade 12 Preparation:

  • For all Archaeology degrees with a concentration in Physical Anthropology, Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 are prerequisites for required courses.
  • For all BSc degrees in Psychology, Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 are prerequisites for required courses. Physics 30 and Mathematics 31 are suggested as useful preparation.
  • For the BSc in Anthropology and the BSc in Geography, Biology 30 and Chemistry 30 are strongly recommended as useful preparation because they are prerequisites for courses taken by most students.
  • For all degrees in Economics, Mathematics 31 is suggested as useful preparation.

3. Additional Application Requirements for Programs in the Fine Arts:

  • Applicants to the BFA (Visual Studies) program must submit a portfolio.
  • Applicants to the BMus program must complete an online audition form (including background information and a statement of interest) and audition.
  • Admission to the BMus, BA (Music) or Minor in Music programs requires evidence of successful completion of Grade II Royal Conservatory Theory/Advanced Rudiments or the departmental music theory diagnostic exam.
  • Applicants to the BA (Dance) program must audition and submit a statement of interest.

Enrolment in the following majors may be limited: Communication and Media Studies, Dance, Drama, Economics, International Relations, Law and Society, Psychology, and Visual Studies. Whenever such limits are in effect, the admission average for a program will normally be higher than those for other programs in the Faculty of Arts.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from other faculties and institutions must meet the deadlines and competitive admission requirements in place for the program to which they are applying. For more information refer to A.2 Undergraduate Admission in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this Calendar.

Admission on Academic Probation

Students may be admitted or readmitted to the Faculty on probation if (a) they are on probation in another faculty at the time of admission to the Faculty of Arts, or (b) they previously have been required to withdraw from the University of Calgary or any other post-secondary institution (see 3.3.5 Readmission). Students admitted on probation must clear probation at their first academic review (see 3.3.4).

Second Baccalaureate Degree

Students who have received one or more approved undergraduate degrees (BA, BSc, BEd, etc.) may apply for admission to programs leading to a Second Baccalaureate Degree with a Major Field or a Second Baccalaureate Degree program with Honours in a Major Field.

Students must apply to the Admissions Office and meet all deadlines and requirements. For more information on admission to a second undergraduate degree, refer to A.5.5 in Undergraduate Admissions. For more information regarding program requirements for a second degree, refer to 3.4.6 Second Baccalaureate Degrees.