New BA Program

The Path to the New BA

The revised BA Renewal proposal was passed at Arts Faculty Council on Thursday, November 24, 2016. General Faculties Council approved the proposal on January 30, 2017.

The Faculty of Arts thanks everyone who contributed to the BA Renewal consultation process. The new BA curriculum will be effective for the 2018/19 academic year.

If you have any questions about the BA Renewal proposal or process, please contact Associate Dean Allen Ball.

REVISED Proposal December 7, 2016(pdf)

REVISED Appendices November 17, 2016 (pdf)


What is the BA Renewal Process?

In November 2011, Arts Faculty Council approved a five-year Academic Plan that included a systematic review of the BA general requirements. The goal of this review process was to design truly outstanding BA programs that will attract and retain the very best and brightest students from Alberta, Canada and the world.

The purpose of this ongoing renewal process is to develop a simpler, more attractive and sustainable BA program that provides Arts students with an exemplary undergraduate degree. A renewed Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta must be flexible enough to accommodate all of the excellent programs we offer and allow students to be exposed to a broad range of pedagogical methods, ranging from traditional instructional strategies to community-engaged experiential learning, while retaining our rigorous academic standards

Media coverage about the BA Renewal: (October 27, 2016) (March 9, 2016) (February 3, 2016) (February 3, 2016) (February 10, 2016)

For more information:

Allen Ball, Associate Dean (Student Programs: Teaching & Learning) or call 780-492-­7653


UPDATE:  All faculty and BA students have been sent an email with a link to a survey about the proposed changes to the BA program. The survey should take less than five minutes to complete. It will close on Sunday, March 20 at midnight. Please follow the following links to complete the survey:
Student survey
Faculty survey