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2021-2022 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
    
2021-2022 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University

First-Year Advising Guide - Bachelor of Arts



Welcome to the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Bachelor of Arts. As a student in the Bachelor of Arts degree, you are opening yourself up to a world of possibilities. Regardless of the major you choose, you will gain valuable transferable skills including research, written and verbal communication, complex problem solving, knowledge of key public and ethical debates and topics, and critical thinking skills. All these skills are valued by employers and open doors to a wide range of career opportunities.

To assist with your course registration, below are the recommended first-year courses for each major. Please also pay close attention to General Education information, as these course requirements will make up the bulk of your first-year registration. All the information on this page is important, so please continue to read, and click on each bullet for more information about that topic.

Degree overview


Major - 16-20 courses Each baccalaureate degree has a major (core program requirements). The number of courses required for each major varies.
General Education - 10 courses You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters:
  • numeracy and scientific literacy,
  • values, beliefs and identity,
  • community and society, and
  • communication
Electives - 6-14 courses

You are also required to take a certain number of electives for your degree. An elective is any course that does not fulfill a requirement for either your Major or General Education. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.

First-year courses – All majors and Undeclared


BA Undeclared


The Bachelor of Arts Undeclared is designed for students wishing to pursue one of the Bachelor of Arts majors or other degree programs offered by the Faculty of Arts. This is your opportunity to explore the possibilities in Arts. Use the course descriptions in the Academic Calendar to assist you with your course selection.
 

First-Year BA Undeclared registration suggestions for each term:

Suggestion 1: Take one to two introductory course(s) from the possible Arts majors or programs:

  • Sample first-year courses at the1000 level in Anthropology (ANTH), Economics (ECON), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Political Science (PLSC), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology (SLGY)
  • ​Exploring any of these above disciplines may satisfy major requirements, General Education Tier 2 requirements, or electives in a BA major once declared. 
  • Browse through the Major sections in this Bachelor of Arts advising guide to see suggested courses for BA majors you may want to consider.
  • For students interested in Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice  and Bachelor of Interior Design : take courses that could meet General Education Foundation and Tier 2 requirements (review program curriculum and course information).

Note: First-year CRJS courses are restricted to BA Criminal Justice program students only. Students interested in the Bachelor of Interior Design may take an introductory ARTH course; INDS and DEST courses are restricted to program students only.


Suggestion 2: Take one to two introductory course(s) in any area that interests you at Mount Royal:

  • Explore classes from Arts, Business, Science, Communications, Health and Physical Education, and Undergraduate Studies.
  • Please stick to 1000 level courses, unless you are taking Business-related courses as these can be taken at the 2000 level.
  • Any of these courses may be used to satisfy General Education Tier 2 requirements or electives in your program once decided if you remain in the Arts degree, or these courses may satisfy major requirements in another degree if you decide to transfer to a different MRU program. 
  • Browse through the other bachelor’s degree advising guides in this Academic Calendar to see suggested courses for other MRU programs you may want to consider. Please note, some courses may be restricted to program students only when you locate them in the registration system and this means you cannot register for them at this time.


Suggestion 3: Take one Foundation General Education course

  • Foundation, Cluster 4 requirement is recommended to take in fall (one of GNED 1401  or GNED 1404 ) and one other Foundation Cluster Gen Ed course (from Clusters 1, 2 or 3) in the winter semester.


Since you will need to declare your major choice within 10 courses, it is recommended you attend New Student Orientation (NSO) to meet your academic advisor and gather information about the majors Arts has to offer.

Note: 2000 level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

If you need to have full-time status as a student (for loan funding, scholarships, UPass transit access, health or dental benefits), you will want to schedule a minimum of three (3) credit-level courses (total 9 credits) to a maximum of five (5) credit-level courses (total 15 credits) per fall and winter semesters. First-year students will want to choose 1000-level courses.

Major in Anthropology


The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. Please use the list of approved General Education  courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.

  • ANTH 1000 level of your choice*
  • ANTH 1000 level of your choice*
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (other than Cluster 4)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.

  • ANTH 1000 level of your choice*
  • ANTH 2102  or ANTH 2104 **
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster not previously completed)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

*Choices for ANTH 1000 level core courses are ANTH 1101 ANTH 1103 ANTH 1105  and ANTH 1106 .
** Both courses have a laboratory component.

Note: 2000 level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

If you need to have full-time status as a student (for loan funding, scholarships, UPass transit access, health or dental benefits), you will want to schedule a minimum of three (3) credit-level courses (total 9 credits) to a maximum of five (5) credit-level courses (total 15 credits) per fall and winter semesters. 

Major in English


The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete ENGL and GNED Foundation, Cluster 4 courses as outlined. Please use the list of approved General Education  courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.
Choose one of the following two:

Choose one of the following two General Education Requirement, Foundation Cluster 4 courses:

All of:

  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2


Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.
Choose one of the following two:

  • English course*
  • Language or Linguistics requirement (any Linguistics or language class in Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese or Spanish)

All of:

  • Intermediate Writing Course Requirement**
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2 or 3)
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

* Suggestions include but are not limited to CRWT 1117 CRWT 1118 ENGL 2141 ENGL 2205 ENGL 2207 ENGL 2216 ENGL 2263 , ENGL 2273  , ENGL 2293 ENGL 2294 ENGL 2295 ENGL 2298 , ENGL 2299 ,  ENGL 2301 , or FILM 2251 . Courses in the related areas of Creative Writing (CRWT) and Film Studies (FILM) may be used for electives and General Education.

**Options include ENGL 2205 , ENGL 2207 , ENGL 2263 , CRWT 2264 , CRWT 2265 , CRWT 2266 , CRWT 2267 , CRWT 2268 .

Note: 2000 level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required. Plan to take ENGL 2202, ENGL 2210, and ENGL 2211 in your second year rather than your second semester.

If you need to have full-time status as a student (for loan funding, scholarships, UPass transit access, health or dental benefits), you will want to schedule a minimum of three (3) credit-level courses (total 9 credits) to a maximum of five (5) credit-level courses (total 15 credits) per fall and winter semesters.

Major in History


The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule.  Please use the list of approved General Education  courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.

  • HIST 1000 level* 
  • HIST 1100 - Introduction to History  
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4 (GNED 1401  is recommended)
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.

  • » HIST 1000 level* 
  • » HIST 1000 level* or HIST 1100 - Introduction to History  (if not already completed)
  • » General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • » General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • » Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

*Choices for HIST 1000-level core courses: HIST 1101 , HIST 1103 , HIST 1105 , HIST 1111 , HIST 1117 , HIST 1119 HIST 1131 HIST 1133 , HIST 1201  

Note: 2000 level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

If you need to have full-time status as a student (for loan funding, scholarships, UPass transit access, health or dental benefits), you will want to schedule a minimum of three credit-level courses (total 9 credits) to a maximum of five credit-level courses (total 15 credits) per fall and winter semesters.

Major in Policy Studies


The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete the PLSC and ECON courses as outlined. Please use the list of approved General Education  courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.

*An Indigenous context course is required for this major. Possible choices are as follows: INST 1101  for the first-year fall or winter semester, or HIST 2221   or HIST 2234  for the first-year winter semester at the earliest (see Note below), or HIST 3343   or HIST 3345   in the second, third, or fourth year. 

Note: 2000 level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

If you need to have full-time status as a student (for loan funding, scholarships, UPass transit access, health or dental benefits), you will want to schedule a minimum of three (3) credit-level courses (total 9 credits) to a maximum of five (5) credit-level courses (total 15 credits) per fall and winter semesters.

Major in Psychology


The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete the PSYC courses as outlined. Please use the list of approved General Education  courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.

  • PSYC 1104 - Introduction to Psychology II: Social Science  
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2 or 3)
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Note: 2000 level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

If you need to have full-time status as a student (for loan funding, scholarships, UPass transit access, health or dental benefits), you will want to schedule a minimum of three (3) credit-level courses (total 9 credits) to a maximum of five (5) credit-level courses (total 15 credits) per fall and winter semesters.

Major in Sociology


The courses below are recommendations for your first year and can be taken in any sequence to suit your interests and/or schedule. You are advised to complete the SLGY courses as outlined. Please use the list of approved General Education  courses to assist with course selection for General Education requirements.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.

  • SLGY 1101 - Introduction to Sociology  
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation, Cluster 4
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.

  • 2000 level SLGY course of your choice*
  • 2000 level SLGY course of your choice*
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • General Education Requirement, Foundation (Cluster 1, 2, or 3)
  • Elective or General Education Requirement, Tier 2

* Suggestions include SLGY 2218 , SLGY 2233 SLGY 2235 SLGY 2253 SLGY 2255 SLGY 2265 SLGY 2271 SLGY 2273 SLGY 2275 , and SLGY 2731 

Note: 2000 level (or higher) courses should not be attempted in the first fall semester of the program unless you have prior university experience. Prerequisites may be required.

If you need to have full-time status as a student (for loan funding, scholarships, UPass transit access, health or dental benefits), you will want to schedule a minimum of three (3) credit-level courses (total 9 credits) to a maximum of five (5) credit-level courses (total 15 credits) per fall and winter semesters.

General Education courses


What are General Education courses?

A great education doesn’t just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal’s baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field.

Foundation

As you start your studies, you take a total of four General Education foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
Take one of: GNED 1101 GNED 1102 , or GNED 1103  within your first 10 courses.

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity
Take one of: GNED 1201 GNED 1202  or GNED 1203  within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 3: Community and Society
Take one of: GNED 1301 GNED 1303  or GNED 1304  within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 4: Communication
Take one of: GNED 1401 GNED 1403  or GNED 1404  within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2

As you progress through your degree, choose three General Education courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:

  • one Tier 2 course from Cluster 1
  • two Tier 2 courses from two of the following: Clusters 2, 3, or 4.

Tier 3 

You must take three Tier 3 courses. These three courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:

  • three Tier 3 courses each from a different cluster (Total 3); or
  • two Tier 3 courses from one cluster, plus one more from different clusters (Total: 3).

 

Registering for courses


It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in mymru.ca,
Register & Pay tab.

Visit our Tutorials page for useful videos to guide you on using mymru, our degree audit system (mruGradU8), course descriptions and how to register for your courses.

We also have an online tool to help you plan your courses for the year: My Schedule Builder. View schedule options and create a timetable that works best for you. Access My Schedule Builder through your mymru.ca account under the ‘Register&Pay’ tab, in the ‘My Schedule Builder’ section.  

Tracking your degree progress


mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you have completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will log in to mruGradU8 through your mymru.ca account, under the ‘My Program’ tab. When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the ‘Process New’ tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete. This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

Your advisor


New Student Registration
 

Your advisor has carefully prepared your advising information and is eager to begin working with you on your Mount Royal experience.  After reading through this information carefully, you should be able to register for both your Fall and Winter semesters. Should you have questions, you may contact Rachel Doe by email at artsadvising@mtroyal.ca. Please use your @mtroyal.ca email account. 

You can also read through your Welcome Guide which contains great information about transitioning to MRU and the support services that are available.

If you are transferring credit courses to Mount Royal from another post-secondary institution, or are transferring to the Bachelor of Arts from another program at Mount Royal, please contact Arts Academic Advising by email for an appointment: artsadvising@mtroyal.ca

Previous post-secondary courses


As a student with transfer credit previously completed, you have different needs when it comes to registration. Please follow the steps outlined for Transfer Students on the Arts Academic Advising page for New Students. It will also help to review the information in this guide to familiarize yourself with our degree structure and components. You may also be in need of first-year courses for some of your requirements.

Ensuring that your previous coursework is applied to your Arts curriculum is in your best interest. The maximum number of courses and credit that can be applied from institutions outside MRU is twenty (20) courses or sixty (60) credits (the amount applied is program dependent). Please be sure to review your assigned transfer equivalencies in your myMRU account, under the My Program tab in the Admission box (Check transfer equivalencies) and your new mruGradU8 program audit (refer to the ‘Tracking your degree progress’ section of this guide. Keep in mind that if you have recently completed winter semester courses, transfer equivalencies will be established once your official transcripts have been received by Mount Royal after June 30. More information about transfer equivalencies can be found online here.

If you notice many unspecified (1XXX, 2XXX, etc.) credit assignments in the evaluation of your transfer equivalencies, you could submit detailed official course outlines to have more specific credit assigned, which would assist with potential application to the major and General Education requirements of the degree. Check out the necessary steps to take here. You can also consult with Arts Academic Advising about the application of your transfer credit.

Please direct any questions you have to Arts Academic Advising at artsadvising@mtroyal.ca. If you want to book an appointment, please call 403.440.8585.