Faculties and Programs
Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts offers a wide range of programs based on research in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Students have many opportunities to include both traditional disciplines and/or new and interdisciplinary fields of study in their degrees. In the Faculty of Arts, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.), and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree (B.E.S.).
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a well-established, foundational degree recognized both across Canada and around the world. A general education component that helps students develop a broad base of knowledge and skills is central to the degree. Students also specialize in the theory and methods of selected fields of study. The B.A. degree encourages students to develop a broad sense of citizenship, international experience, a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective, and it prepares students for entry into various professional schools (e.g. education, law, social work), employment in various careers, or graduate-level training and research.
Sobey School of Business
Frank H. Sobey, a Canadian entrepreneur whose dedication, creativity and hard work built an extensive retail empire, including Canada’s second largest food retailer, is the inspiration of the Sobey School of Business. The leading business school in Atlantic Canada, the Sobey School offers a full range of graduate and undergraduate programs:
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics Certificate in Human Resource Management Certificate in Financial Instrument Analysis Master of Applied Economics
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration / Chartered Professional Accountant
Master of Finance
Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Master of Management – Cooperatives and Credit Unions Graduate Diploma in Cooperative Management Executive Master of Business Administration
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management)
The four-year Bachelor of Commerce program provides a strong foundation of general knowledge and skills, followed by an opportunity to specialize. After the two-year foundation program, eligible students may choose a major area of study in Accounting, Computing and Information Systems, Economics, Finance, General Business Studies, Global Business Management, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Management, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship. A cooperative education option, placements at the Sobey Business Development Centre and study-abroad opportunities are available to qualified students.
Certificate programs in Financial Instrument Analysis and Human Resource Management can be completed independently or concurrently with a Bachelor of Commerce. For information on these programs see Section 4 of the Calendar: Human Resource Management.
For information on graduate business programs, consult the Graduate Academic Calendar.
Faculty of Science
Students electing to pursue a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree should consider which of three programs best suits their aspirations.
The honours program demands a minimum grade of C in all courses followed in the honours subject. (Particular requirements for the honours in Environmental Science are found in this Academic Calendar, Section 4, “Environmental Science”.) These honours programs are designed primarily for students who wish to proceed to graduate work or who wish to obtain professional status in the area of the honours subject. Students of above-average ability are urged to contact the Chair of the Department in which they wish to follow an honours program before the end of Year 3 for application details. Formal application for admission to an honours program must be made on a form available in the Service Centre.
The major program demands a minimum grade of C in all courses in the major subject. (Particular requirements for the major in Environmental Science are found in this Academic Calendar, Section 4, “Environmental Science”.) The major program is designed to meet the needs of those students who wish to be employed in work related to the area of their major. It will be useful to those wishing to practice as technicians or technical officers. Additionally, this program permits students to prepare adequately for continued study at the graduate level, if warranted by performance and motivation.
The general program is designed to give a person a good educational background for life in today’s technological world, and an understanding of the importance of the relationship between science and society. The general program is broader in scope than the major or honours programs, and students are encouraged to supplement their science studies with courses in the humanities and social sciences.
The Division of Continuing Education facilitates the administration of University programs for part-time and mature learners. This includes admission advising for mature and Open Studies (non-degree) students, credit courses at extension centres, web courses and certificate programs for credit. In addition this division manages Community Based Learning programs for personal, organization and community growth including Executive and Professional Development programs.
The main office of the Division of Continuing Education is located on campus at 883 Robie Street, the green house directly south of the McNally Building. Executive and Professional Development programs are offered at the World Trade Centre, 8th Floor, 1800 Argyle Street and on the 4th floor of the Sobey Building on campus.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Saint Mary’s University believes that exposure to other cultures in the national and international community is an important part of a university education. Graduates with international and cross-cultural experience will be well placed to participate in the global economy. Thus, Saint Mary’s students are encouraged to take advantage of on- campus opportunities to gain such experience and to undertake a part of their study in another country or another part of Canada.
International programs may take the form of a field trip, a semester-long residence at another institution, or a volunteer work opportunity. Most programs are open to students from any academic program of study. Credits earned from these programs are applicable to the extent that they fulfill the requirements of each student’s own degree program.