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Bachelor of Arts 4 Yr Liberal Studies

St. Mary's University

St. Mary's University
The 120 credit Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies) degree will provide the students with a unique opportunity to combine both breadth and depth of intellectual inquiry within one degree program, building skills and expertise which are particularly relevant to the 21st century student and job market. This program is more than a conglomeration of courses from many disciplines. It is a program strategically and deliberately crafted to reflect the rich, 2,000 year-old intellectual tradition of Catholic Liberal Arts Education - the very tradition upon which St. Mary's University College was founded. That means that we are interested in much more than having students become aware of intellectual insights from a variety of academic disciplines. The Catholic Intellectual Tradition encourages students to develop to their full potential as selfaware individuals of sound body, mind and character who use their talents and skills in service to society. This development is encouraged through rigorous scholarship and commitment to spiritual and ethical values. Students will be active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors to society. They must have appreciation for cultural diversity, aesthetic sensibility and important social, political and ethical issues. The 120 credit Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies) will provide students with a unique undergraduate experience. The program has two major emphases: 1. the development of comprehensive critical and reflexive thinking skills derived from a Liberal Arts core of subjects and other Liberal Studies breadth requirements in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and natural sciences; 2. the opportunity to apply and further develop valuable skills through the completion of a specific substantive specialization of interest. Students will complete their degrees with a year-long capstone senior seminar.

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14500 Bannister Road S.E.
Calgary, Alberta, T2X1Z4, Canada

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  • Program Type Bachelor's
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
High School Standing Students in this category will have graduated from high school and must have an average of 65% or better on the five 30-level subjects listed below:
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or higher
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Pure Mathematics 30, a 30 level language other than English, or Mathematics 30-2 or Applied Mathematics 30
  • One course from Group A or B (see below)
  • One course from Group A or B (see below)
  • Once course from Group A, B, C or D (see below)
Group A Social Studies 30-1, Aboriginal Studies 30 (5 credits) or a 30-level language other than English (may include French 30-1 or French 30-2)

  Group B Mathematics 30-2 or Applied Mathematics 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Mathematics 30-1 or Pure Mathematics 30 or Science 30.

  Group C Art 30, Art 31, Drama 30, Music 30, Music 31 or Music 35

  Group D One 5-credit or two 3-credit subjects at the 30 level (excluding Special Projects 30) or 5 credits of advanced series courses in Career and Technology Studies or Social Studies 30-2

  Mature Standing Applicants must have at least 65% in English 30-1 or equivalent.

Application Deadline
Applications open October 1 Last day to apply for fall admission August 31 Last day to apply for winter admission December 31



Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2022/08/01 to 2023/07/31*.

  • Tuition $8,340.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,000.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,560.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated January 20, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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