Why choose a BA at Dal?

Find yourself. Find your future.

At Dalhousie, you’ll find the best and widest selection of Arts and Social Sciences programs in Atlantic Canada. Choosing from this diverse menu of programs, courses and combinations, you can tailor your Bachelor of Arts degree to your interests and future goals.

When you choose Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie, you’re opening the door to life-changing experiences inside and outside the classroom. You’ll challenge your assumptions, discover how the past shapes the present and form lasting bonds with fellow students passionate about making a positive impact on the world. You’ll live and study in Halifax, an ocean-side city where students enjoy outdoor adventure and shape local culture.

From critical thinking to communication, the skills and knowledge you’ll obtain are sought after by employers in every field. That’s why Arts and Social Sciences graduates become leaders in culture, business, politics, law and society.

Whether you want to become an attorney, an executive, an artist or an entrepreneur – or find a new path of your own – it all starts with a degree in Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie.

DalCAP: The Coordinated Arts Program

The Coordinated Arts Program (CAP) is an ideal way to begin university studies for many students planning to major in Arts and Social Sciences.

The CAP gives you the benefit of a condensed, focused course load with coordinated assignment deadlines. Throughout the year, you'll be working with fellow CAP students, connecting with people who share similar interests and forming a learning community through lectures and small discussion groups.

The CAP program is made up of the following courses:

  • Globalizations (Political Science, Sociology, and Social Anthropology)
  • Environment, Sustainability and Society
  • The History of the Future
  • The Writer’s Art: Reading and Writing Stories 
  • One course of your choice

See our full range of program choices

Complete list of Arts and Social Sciences programs at Dal

Majors/Honours programs

All of the above can be done as Minors, too, except for Creative Writing.

Minor options

Some examples of our interdisciplinary Minors, which can be added to any 4 year Bachelor of Arts (or BSc, BMgmt, etc.) degree:


Program details

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • Concentration (3 years)
  • Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Programs available as a second subject to BSc students.

Students can also combine their major with one of more than 45 minor programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Many of our programs and courses are offered in partnership with the University of King's College.


Specific prerequisites are dependent on the program chosen.

See Admissions Requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing