Humanities

In this interdisciplinary program, you will learn to pose questions central to understanding the human condition. The study of humanities covers a broad range of ideas and subjects, from the classical era to the modern day, and from Ancient Greece to Modern Germany. This program prepares you for life in a multicultural society, encouraging critical and innovative thinking.

Overview

The Humanities program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is offered as a major, a minor, and a joint major with English; French; History; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; or Philosophy.

The program also offers languages through the Language Training Institute, and certificates in religious studies and in medieval and Renaissance studies.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Detailed admission requirements

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

Humanities

General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français première langue 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or English 12 First Peoples, or Français première langue 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

English 12 and three additional approved Grade 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: BA Humanities

Applying to the minor program

You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program have ended up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Analyst
  • Critic
  • Editor
  • Educational Researcher
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Institutional Researcher/Historian
  • Instructional Media Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Publisher
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Writer
  • Social Worker
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Social Program Teacher
  • Translator
  • Travel Writer
  • Writer