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How King’s degrees work

Undergraduate degrees typically take four years to complete. The Bachelor of Arts is offered in partnership with our neighbour Dalhousie University through our shared Faculty of Arts and Social Science. The Bachelor of Arts is granted jointly by King’s and Dalhousie.

This academic inter-mingling of the two universities presents a unique opportunity for specialization and focus that will distinguish your undergraduate degree. Whatever you choose, the options are anything but limited.

The Foundation Year Program

Begin the first year of your Arts degree with the Foundation Year Program (FYP), which provides a unique opportunity to bridge the many disciplines that have contributed to Western thought. You will have FYP lectures 4 days a week with Tuesdays free for your elective. FYP counts for four of your five first year credits; typically, you would take one elective either through King’s or Dalhousie.

Majors and Honours

After your first year, you can pursue a major or honours degree in any of the programs offered by King’s and Dalhousie’s shared Faculty of Arts and Social Science and the King’s Honours Programs.

King’s and Dalhousie together deliver unmatched depth and variety. You can specialize in these subjects by pursuing a major or honours:

* Available as combined honours
▴ Available as (single-subject) concentrated honours
† Available as co-op degrees (completion takes four to four and a half years)
‡ Available as double major

“I am still pinching myself about how lucky I was to have gone to King’s. Spending four years thinking about the history of western thought, including the critique of those canonical works, was an enormous opportunity. If you’re going to be intellectually engaged with the world you need to hold those things in balance.”

Kate Cayley
Kate Cayley

Writer, '01


You can choose from more than 75 minors to complement your degree.

King’s offers minors in each of its honours subjects:

Minor in Journalism Studies

Curiosity, a willingness to ask questions, and a desire to find and tell stories–these are the building blocks for those who want to study journalism.

Minor in Contemporary Studies

Understand the contemporary world by choosing from a wide range of courses in the areas of social and political thought, science and culture, and aesthetics, literature and literary theory, and film.

Minor in Early Modern Studies

Engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the birth of the modern world.

Minor in History of Science and Technology

Studying science through this humanities-based approach demonstrates your seriousness to engage with one of the dominant paradigms of our time.

Find out more: Visit the King’s Honours Programs, School of Journalism, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie to browse degree options.

More Opportunities

Students in their first year of study may be interested in First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), interdisciplinary study groups that augment and expand your first-year curriculum.

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