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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

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Since Arts & Science is a direct entry program, students admitted to this program are considered to be specializing in “Arts & Science” from first year to the end of the program.

Students take specifically designed ARTSSCI courses as well as electives. Elective space increases in upper levels of the program, with two electives per term in second year, and three electives per term in the third and fourth years.

Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Arts & Science (Honours)
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science + Another Subject (Honours)

Students can use their electives either in a Combined Honours Program, to focus on a particular area, or simply to satisfy broad interests.

Arts & Science can be combined with 33 different subjects from across the University:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English and Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • French
  • Geography
  • Health & Society
  • History
  • Human Geography
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PNB) – Music Cognition Specialization
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Film Studies

 

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Co-op and internship opportunities are unavailable at this time; however, approximately 20%  of students spend all or part of their third year studying abroad at a host institution through the MacAbroad Exchange Program.

Students choose to study abroad for a variety of reasons, including language development, exposure to new cultures and perspectives, and unique course offerings offered only at certain institutions. Currently, students are studying in Australia, England, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore.

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 a.m.
ARTS&SCI 1D06

Calculus (Lecture)

ARTS&SCI 1D06

Calculus (Lecture)

9:30 a.m.
ARTS&SCI 1D06

Calculus (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
ARTS&SCI 1B03

Writing (Lecture)

ARTS&SCI 1B03

Writing (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
BIO 1A03

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lecture)

ARTS&SCI 1B03

Writing (Lecture)

BIO 1A03

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
ARTS&SCI 1A06

Practices of Knowledge (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.
ARTS&SCI 1C06

Inquiry (Lecture)

ARTS&SCI 1A06

Practices of Knowledge (Lecture)

BIO 1A03

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lecture)

2:30 p.m.
BIO 1A03

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lab)

ARTS&SCI 1C06

Inquiry (Lecture)

ARTS&SCI 1C06

Inquiry (Lecture)

3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Students have access to the Arts & Science Lounge in the LR Wilson Building.

Profiles & Alumni


Sacha Ghai
Arts & Science graduate

Courses are structured in a way that facilitates dialogue; they promote idea exchange rather than idea absorption. Personally, this ‘obligation to contribute’ taught me a lot. It taught me to take a position and defend it, to engage in thoughtful debate to achieve a higher level of understanding, and to read with a ‘critical eye.’ I used these skills effectively in business school and continue to do so.

Kat Kinch
Arts & Science graduate

Being an ArtSci can lead to many things: realizing the goals you set for yourself when you were five (or twenty-five), surprising yourself with careers you hadn’t heard of before you arrived at the program, or, at a minimum, discovering that you are surrounded by students, professors and staff who are committed to a discipline of adventurous learning.

David Mackenzie
Arts & Science graduate

The education I was able to obtain in the program was rich and lasting; I draw from the ideas and skills I learned at Mac in every dimension of my life. As well, the wonderful friendships and relationships that came out of my time in Arts & Science have been one of the program’s greatest gifts.

Zsuzsi Fodor
Arts & Science graduate

Being in the Arts & Science Program was about learning how to approach the questions to which there are no easy answers; being part of a learning community that challenged and cherished me; and figuring out my passions and the ways in which I would contribute to life on this planet.

Farah Mawani
Arts & Science graduate

I was attracted to the opportunity to take a variety of courses from different disciplines throughout the program, with a particular emphasis on writing and critical thinking skills. I was especially attracted to the interdisciplinary (Inquiry) courses focusing on global issues – I wanted to be able to apply what I was learning in my coursework to real and important issues, so that I could continue beyond university.