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Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Core Requirements (27 credit hours)

  • EN1013, 1023 – Literary Heritage I and II (6 cr. hrs.)
  • HI1413 – Historical Thinking (3 cr. hrs.)
  • HI1703, HI1713, HI1723, or HI1733 (3 cr. hrs.)
  • RS1003 – The Themes of the Bible (3 cr. hrs.)
  • RS1403 – The Christian Way (3 cr. hrs.)
  • RS2003, 2033 – Old/New Testament in Its Context (6 cr. hrs.)
  • ID4763 – Ethical Reasoning (3 cr. hrs.)

Area Requirements (24 credit hours)

Certain programs will state their area requirements specifically as well as require additional cognate courses.

  • Economics, Psychology, or Sociology electives (6 cr. hrs.)
  • Mathematics or Natural Science electives (6 cr. hrs.)
  • Language and/or Linguistics electives (6 cr. hrs.)
  • Biblical or Christian Studies electives (6 cr. hrs.)

Major Requirements

Major course requirements for a Bachelor of Arts is 39 credit hours minimum, with certain majors requiring as many as 48 credit hours.


Elective options are needed to complete a total of 120 credit hours. At least 48 credit hours of the 120 must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. No more than 15 credit hours may be taken outside the Arts, Business Administration, and Science disciplines.


The Bachelor of Arts degree is available with majors in Biblical Studies, Communication Arts – Theatre, English, History, Kinesiology, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The general requirements for all Bachelor of Arts degrees as listed previously must be fulfilled.

Double Majors

Double majors are possible between any two majors currently offered within the Bachelor of Arts degree at Crandall University:

A minimum of 36 credit hours within each major is completed, including all required courses for the major (additional hours may be required for certain majors), unless otherwise specified by the major.

All area requirements and cognates are fulfilled for each respective major.
Some double major combinations will not be possible to complete within the 120 credit hours required for the Bachelor of Arts degree. In these cases additional hours will need to be fulfilled by the student.

Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree should consult their faculty advisors before the beginning of their third year of study so that the courses necessary to prepare for the thesis can be taken during the third year.

The following steps must be taken during the third year:

  1. A prospective supervisor must be contacted and a possible topic discussed.
  2. A thesis application form must be obtained from the Academic Office.
  3. The completed application must be approved by the prospective supervisor and submitted to the Academic Office by March 15th of the year prior to the year in which the thesis is to be done.
    Note: Late applications will not normally be considered. They may be considered only if a letter of appeal is provided with the application. The letter must outline a legitimate reason why the student could not submit the application on time. The criteria for granting the appeal will be the same as if the student were applying to hand in a paper after the last day of classes or to write an examination after the examination period.
  4. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will discuss the application with the prospective supervisor and other faculty in the major. The Research and Ethics Committee may also consider the merits of the application.
  5. If the proposal is not deemed to be completely satisfactory by the Research and Ethics Committee, the student may be required to revise it and resubmit it over the summer.

The following requirements must be met by those wishing to do an Honours degree. (Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee, with support of the prospective supervisor, prior to presenting an application to the Research and Ethics Committee.)

  • The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all work credited to the degree to date.
  • The student must have no mark below “B-” in any course credited toward the major.
  • The student must have no mark below “C-” in any course credited toward the degree.
  • It must be possible for the student to complete at least 24 credit hours of the major requirements before the beginning of the year in which the thesis is to be done, including any methodology or theory courses required for the major.
  • At least the final 60 credit hours of the Honours degree must be from Crandall University courses.
  • At least 30 hours of the major, including a minimum of 12 hours at the 4000 level, must be done at Crandall University. In a case where a transfer student applies to write a thesis, the courses transferred into the major must be approved for credit toward an Honours degree by the faculty in the discipline.
  • Some individual Honours degrees may have other requirements or specific courses within the major which need to be taken. See the Programs and Course Descriptions section of the Academic Calendar for further information regarding each discipline’s Honours requirements.

The following requirements must be met in order for an Honours Degree to be awarded:

  • A minimum of 54 credit hours must be completed in the major. (Certain degrees and majors may require more.)
  • A six credit-hour thesis is included in the minimum 54 credit hours.
  • Also included in these 54 credit hours must be a minimum of six hours of course credit at the 4000 level.
  • The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in his/her entire program.
  • The student must have no mark below “B-” in any course credited toward the major.
  • The student must have no mark below “C-” in any course credited toward the degree.

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