The Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science is a unique program that prepares you for a wide range of careers in the professions, government and industry.
Over the course of the program you will increase your understanding of the purposes and methods of the humanities and social and natural sciences and develop an integrated and holistic approach to the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge. You will increase your skills in written and oral communication, critical and imaginative thinking, and quantitative reasoning. You will also gain valuable experience in research into issues of personal and public concern. You will have close contact with professors actively engaged in exciting research either on scientific questions or issues in politics, history, economics, philosophy, etc.
And, you will find yourself a member of a select number of students on campus who are dedicated to excellence.
You can expect to change careers several times in your lifetime. Business and government in particular, and society in general, require university graduates who can think analytically and creatively, communicate effectively, who are not narrow specialists, and who have an in-depth understanding of both the arts and sciences. This limited-enrolment Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences program aims to provide a well-rounded arts and sciences education for highly motivated students who want knowledge and skills that will enable them to be familiar with the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. This program combines a solid basis in science fields while developing communication, information processing and critical-thinking skills.
It will prepare you to pursue graduate studies in:
- Social Science
or professional studies in:
or to find jobs in business and industry, government, or non-governmental organizations.
Goals and Skills
The goals of the program are to increase your understanding of the goals and methods of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and of their interrelationships; to increase your skills in written and oral communication, in critical and creative thinking, and in quantitative reasoning; and to increase skills in scholarship and research into issues of national and international concern.
Your program will be specifically designed to match your interests and career aspirations. You tell us the various things that interests you most and we'll design a course of study for you which will allow you to concentrate on your priorities as well as taking complementary courses that will increase your abilities and professional breadth.
Breadth and specialization
Students will choose a major in nearly any field from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science; they will then choose a minor from the other faculty. Students whose major is a science subject will thus have much more familiarity with humanities and social science subjects than do most science students. The opposite is true too the BAS students who choose to major in one of the fields in the Arts and Social Sciences will, unlike many BA students, graduate with knowledge and competence in an area of the natural sciences.
Skills you can use in any field
Employers everywhere require graduates who can think analytically and creatively and conduct independent research; who have familiarity with the world of science and technology; can communicate effectively; and who are broadly educated. Thus, many more doors will be open to BAS graduates than to someone who has a narrower degree. And BAS graduates will be more easily prepared to adapt and contribute to the ever-changing demands of professional life. The BAS program gives you the preparation you will need to thrive in tomorrow's work environment.