Bachelor of Arts

Areas of study within a Bachelor of Arts degree are abundant. Choose to major in Psychology, Sociology, Literature, Criminology, History, Visual Arts, and many more! A Bachelor of Arts degree can lead to valuable job opportunities in nearly every field. 

Check out our University Program Information Guide for information about our different degree pathways, transferability information, instructor biographies, and more! 

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University Studies

  • ANATOMY I

    Course ID: BIOL230

    Name: ANATOMY I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an in-depth study of the structures of the human body and their interrelationships using a systems approach. The correlations between structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are noted. Major topics include body organization, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems, the general and special senses, and human development. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students.

  • AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF CANADIAN HISTORY, 1500-1867

    Course ID: HIST210

    Name: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF CANADIAN HISTORY, 1500-1867

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will provide an introductory survey of Canadian history from roughly 1500 to 1867. Some of the major themes to be discussed will include: Aboriginal-European contact; the fur trade; New France; and the expansion of white settlements. In addition, key concepts and methods of history as a discipline will be reviewed. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Course ID: COMM124

    Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Hours: 53

    Credits: 2

    Business Communications II reviews and extends skills in using standard English principles, including grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling. Proofreading and editing for common usage and formatting errors in a variety of business documents are emphasized. Writing skills are introduced and applied to memos, letters, and other common business documents. Oral communication and presentations is also covered. Prerequisite – COMM 123

  • BUSINESS LAW

    Course ID: BUSL261

    Name: BUSINESS LAW

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    This course presents legal topics relevant to business, including ways to manage common legal risks. An introduction to the Canadian legal system presents sources of law, the court system, the litigation process, and alternatives to litigation. Tort law includes a study of intentional torts, business torts, negligence, and professional liability. Insurance law covers basic concepts of the insurance industry, and how to manage common risks in business. Basic forms of business organizations are delineated, with a focus on the rights and responsibilities of individuals involved in sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Contract law details how contracts are created, elements of a binding contract, common contractual issues and defects, how contracts are discharged, and contractual remedies. An overview of the Sale of Goods Act will complete the study of contracts. Employment law describes the employer/employee relationship, the rights and duties of the parties involved, and common issues that may arise in the employment relationship. Intellectual property law discusses how businesses can generate value from ideas and the laws that seek to balance competing business interests. Secured transactions looks at risk assessment and legal obligations of creditors when securing debt and practices that have been developed in the marketplace to manage that risk through security interests and guarantees. PREREQUISITES: ENG 30, ENG 30-1, ENG 30-2, or ENG 33, or COMM 121

  • BRAIN & BEHAVIOUR

    Course ID: PSYC275

    Name: BRAIN & BEHAVIOUR

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the area of biological psychology. Its focus is on the scientific study of the biological bases of human and animal behaviour with a biological approach to the study of psychology. Topics that will be covered in this course include: evolution, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology – the study of the structure and functions and activities of the nervous system, neuropharmacology – the study of the effects of drugs on neural activity, the physiological mechanisms involved in sensation, perception, movement, motivation, emotion, learning, and communication. Prerequisites: PSYC 104 and 60% in BIO 30

  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

    Course ID: SOCI327

    Name: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system and its sub-components, providing a sociological perspective with empirical research to understand the historical and current issues surrounding criminal justice in Canada. Prerequisites: SOCI 225

  • DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Course ID: PSYC202

    Name: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course explores the development of the person through the stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and death. Each stage of human development will be studied from a physical, cognitive, and psychosocial perspective. The course will include developmental influences related to family systems and culture. Prerequisites: PSYC104

  • DRAMATIC PROCESS I

    Course ID: DRMA101

    Name: DRAMATIC PROCESS I

    Hours: 78

    Credits: 3

    An introduction to the process of acting and dramatic form through the process of improvisation. This workshop-based course will explore speech and movement improvisation with an emphasis on imaginative development and introduction to the process of acting and to dramatic form. PREREQUISITE: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • HEALTH EDUCATION

    Course ID: HEED105

    Name: HEALTH EDUCATION

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will introduce you to the physical, social, mental, occupational, emotional, environmental and spiritual dimensions of personal health and wellness. These dimensions are described within the context of the Canadian Health Care System and your own individual community. Topics include primary health care, nutrition, exercise, stress management, weight management, eating disorders, common health issues and their prevention. You will be expected to integrate knowledge of the seven dimensions of health and apply this knowledge to a self-analysis of your own health and physical fitness. Finally, you will incorporate change management theory to develop, implement and evaluate a personal wellness plan. The intent of this course is to promote a healthy lifestyle. By examining determinants of health, the current health care system, the seven dimensions of health and applying these concepts to your own lifestyle, you will be better equipped to function as role models and act as change agents for health promotion in your community. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • HISTORY OF THE NATIVE PEOPLES OF CANADA TO 1867

    Course ID: HIST368

    Name: HISTORY OF THE NATIVE PEOPLES OF CANADA TO 1867

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    History 368 is a lecture and seminar course that examines the history of the indigenous peoples of Canada prior to and at the moment of first contact with European peoples. In order to gain a full perspective of this critical time period in the North American history, students examine a variety of oral and written documents produced by First Nations, Métis, Aboriginal, and Inuit peoples as well as European explorers, traders and settlers. A combination of lectures and seminar groups are used to examine the early relationship between existing native cultures and their later responses to European exploration and trade. The textbook readings and related articles will acquaint students not only with the indigenous history, but also with the different methodological approaches used by academics. A minimum of thirty percent of class time will be devoted to discussion of archival evidence (oral history, local history, family history, journals, records, letters, and so on), which may take any or all of the following forms: online discussion forums, in-class group discussion, and critical response essays. Prerequisites: 3 credits in a junior level history or ANTH250

  • INDIVIDUAL & SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

    Course ID: PSYC105

    Name: INDIVIDUAL & SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is the second half of the Introductory Psychology course sequence. It will cover such topics as human intellect, human development from birth to old age, motivation, emotion, personality, social psychological processes, stress and health, as well as mental disorders and their treatments. This course is an overview of these diverse topics, most of which can be studied in one or more complete courses. Prerequisites: PSYC104

  • INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY II

    Course ID: CHEM102

    Name: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY II

    Hours: 84

    Credits: 3

    CHEM 102 is the second Introductory Chemistry course, following CHEM 101. Therefore, CHEM 101 is the prerequisite course. Major topics include chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, coordination chemistry and electrochemistry. Key concepts such as reaction rates, rate laws, Arrhenius equation, reaction mechanism and catalysis will be discussed. The course will also present gas-phase equilibria, ICE table and equilibrium calculations, acid-base and complex ion equilibria, solubility and precipitation. In addition, second and third laws of thermodynamics, entropy and spontaneity, coordination compounds, crystal field theory as applied to colour and magnetic properties of coordination compounds, voltaic cells, cell potentials, free energy, electrical work, Nernst equation, batteries, corrosion and electrolysis will be covered. Prerequisite – CHEM 101.

  • INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

    Course ID: PSYC104

    Name: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is a prerequisite to other psychology courses at Portage College and is normally followed by PSYC 105. (However, PSYC 105 is not a requirement in the CSW program.) This course is intended to inspire an interest in, and an appreciation for, the field of psychology. Topics in this course include the history of psychological science, psychological research methods, the structure and function of the brain and nervous system, learning, sensation, perception, memory, consciousness, thought and language. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA & TO POETRY

    Course ID: ENGL106

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA & TO POETRY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    English 106 is designed to teach critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking while studying canonical literary texts from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. This course combines the study of literary works with instructional texts to teach students to express themselves more clearly in writing and in speech. The creators of this course also hope that students develop an appreciation for fine literary works. This course will present plays and poems from a variety of historical periods and from a variety of cultural contexts. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of correct writing style, rhetorical skills, and thinking skills required for academic study. A minimum of thirty percent of class time will be devoted to writing instruction, which may take any or all of the following forms: grammar and punctuation instruction, informal writing exercises, writing workshops, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, research skills, peer editing, and group writing projects. The total amount of writing will be no less than 3,000 words. PREREQUISITE: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Course ID: ENTR105

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Entrepreneurship is a Moodle supported course designed to assist students to evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture. Students will review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Through assessments and assignments, students will learn about themselves, explore their entrepreneurial idea, and determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives. Additionally, students will be introduced to e-commerce, global and social entrepreneurship. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

    Course ID: PSYC101

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is a general survey course providing the student with an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of modern psychology as a behavioural science. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL & CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

    Course ID: ANTH207

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL & CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an introduction to cultural anthropology through the study of central concepts and key issues in the field. Culture will be examined from a global and holistic perspective, with an eye to the dynamics of culture. Ethnographic examples will be used to illustrate the basic components of culture. Students will learn about the diversity and richness of human culture while gaining insight into their own worldviews and social behaviours. Prerequisite – ANTH 101 or consent.

  • INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

    Course ID: SOCI101

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course is designed to introduce students to the discipline of sociology and current sociology trends and issues. The course provides an overview of sociological concepts, perspectives, processes and institutions in a Canadian context. Prerequisite – None.

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES TO CHILDREN

    Course ID: PHED200

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO THE MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES TO CHILDREN

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course explores the study of developmentally appropriate movement activities for children. Students participate in, and work with children in a variety of physical activities in recreational, educational and sport environments. Prerequisite – None.

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL & THE SHORT STORY

    Course ID: ENGL108

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL & THE SHORT STORY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    English 108 is designed to teach critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking while studying canonical literary texts from the eighteenth to the twentieth-first centuries. This course combines the study of literary works with instructional texts to teach students to express themselves more clearly in writing and in speech. The creators of this course also hope that students develop an appreciation for fine literary works. This course will present novels and short stories from a variety of historical periods, and from a variety of cultural contexts. Particular emphasis will be place of the development of correct writing style, rhetorical skills, and thinking skills required for academic study. A minimum of thirty percent of class time will be devoted to writing instruction, which may take any or all of the following forms: formal written assignments, informal writing exercises, writing workshops, stylistic and rhetorical analysis, research skills, peer editing, group writing projects, and ungraded writing. Students will write two formal essays that will be graded, including an analytical and a research paper. The total amount of writing will be no less than 3,000 words. Prerequisites: ENGL 106 or other 3 credit junior English

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION OF TEACHING

    Course ID: EDUC250

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION OF TEACHING

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course introduces prospective teachers to the complexity of their future professional roles in today’s schools. Students will be encouraged to consider teaching from “the other side of the desk”, and will leave familiar with the intricate framework in which teachers work, and the expectations of various stakeholders. They will gain a knowledge base on which future Education courses will build, and will be introduced to theories of learning and teaching. PREREQUISITE: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF CANADIAN HISTORY: CONFEDERATION TO THE PRESENT

    Course ID: HIST211

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF CANADIAN HISTORY: CONFEDERATION TO THE PRESENT

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will provide an introductory survey of Canadian history from 1867 to the present. Among the major themes discussed will be nationalism, industrialization, urbanization, and cultural change. In addition, key concepts and methods of history as a discipline will be reviewed. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    Course ID: BUSI226

    Name: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    This course is aimed at providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the skills generally accepted as valuable to leadership. Students will develop these skills through study, participation in class activities, and self-reflection. The course is designed to integrate current leadership theory with practical applications and the student's own leadership journey. Leadership topics include, but are not limited to, the following topics: personal traits and characteristics, mental models, ethics, diversity, organizational culture, mission, vision, and strategy and change. Prerequisites: ORGB 193

  • MACROECONOMICS

    Course ID: ECON187

    Name: MACROECONOMICS

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    The overall health of the economy is the prime focus of this course. Gross domestic product, unemployment rates, inflation rates, interest rates, the balance of payments and exchange rates, and the money supply as measures of economic health are studied. This provides a framework for analyzing government monetary and fiscal policies. International economic issues including free trade and foreign investment are also examined. Wherever appropriate, applications to current events are introduced. PREREQUISITES: MATH 30 (Not Math 30-3) or 60% on the Business Math test and ENG 30, strongly recommended ECON 186

  • MARKETING

    Course ID: MARK166

    Name: MARKETING

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    This is an introductory course covering the fundamental principles and concepts of marketing. Major emphasis is placed on the marketing mix and its strategic application to an increasingly complex business environment. In particular, the areas of product, promotion, price, and distribution are examined as they relate to the achievement of company objectives. Prerequisites: English 30, English 30-1, English 30-2, or English 33 or COMM 121

  • MYTH & FOLKLORE: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

    Course ID: ENGL388

    Name: MYTH & FOLKLORE: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Western English-speaking civilization has deeply imbedded in it myths and folklore drawn from a very wide range of cultures, from the ancient Greek and Roman, to Norse and Arabic legend, from Arthurian legend to pagan religion, from oral folk tales to superstitions and traditional songs. Much children’s literature, particularly novels in a children’s fantasy genre, draws heavily on these traditions, both consciously and unconsciously. Prerequisites: ENGL106 and ENGL108

  • NORTH AMERICAN ABORIGINALS

    Course ID: ANTH250

    Name: NORTH AMERICAN ABORIGINALS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an introduction to the study of the history, cultures, and present concerns of Aboriginal peoples in North America from an anthropological perspective, with a focus on First Nations in Canada. Traditional lifeways and contemporary issues will be discussed through the examination of different culture areas across the continent. Prerequisite – None.

  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

    Course ID: BUSI222

    Name: OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Operations management is an ever-changing discipline. New concepts are appearing constantly. Operations management is a key element in improving productivity and creating competitive advantage through productivity growth. This course focuses upon such issues as project management, process analysis and supply chain management. Prerequisite: MATH 118

  • ORGANISMS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT

    Course ID: BIOL102

    Name: ORGANISMS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT

    Hours: 66

    Credits: 3

    This course explores the development of the person through the stages of infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Each stage of human development will be studied from a physical, cognitive, and psychosocial perspective. The course will include developmental influences related to family systems and culture. Prerequisite – Biology 30.

  • PHYSIOLOGY I

    Course ID: BIOL231

    Name: PHYSIOLOGY I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides a study of the overall function of the human body. Major topics include fundamental chemistry, homeostasis, cytology and cell physiology, cell signaling and communication, and muscle, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive physiology, as well as fundamental genetics as it applies to human physiology. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students.

  • PHYSIOLOGY II

    Course ID: BIOL232

    Name: PHYSIOLOGY II

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the study of homeostasis and how it is altered by physical, biochemical, microbial or genetic factors, providing an in-depth understanding of the mechanism of human body function, pathophysiology (disordered physiology) and disease processes. The course summarizes the normal function of each organ system and then presents a number of major diseases of each system, showing how symptoms and signs of selected diseases are produced by pathophysiology. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students. PREREQUISITES: BIOL 230 and BIOL 231

  • PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY

    Course ID: BIOL208

    Name: PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY

    Hours: 84

    Credits: 3

    Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions between organisms and their environment. This course provides an overview of the limiting factors that influence the living (biotic) components of our ecosystems. Interactions between these biotic components (e.g., competition and predation), population growth, life strategies, and the behaviours of individual organisms are also considered. This course provides general concepts that can stand alone or serve as preparation for advanced ecology courses. Labs complement lecture concepts and include the gathering, analysis, and interpretation of data from ecological experiments and field studies. Prerequisites: Completion of first year NRT or 60% in ELA 30-1 and BIOL 101 or BIO 102

  • RACE & RACISM IN THE MODERN WORLD

    Course ID: ANTH103

    Name: RACE & RACISM IN THE MODERN WORLD

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course gives an anthropological perspective on how the concept of race has been used to understand biological and cultural variation among humans. Issues and topics discussed will include multiculturalism, ethnic identity, prejudice, ethnocentrism, racism, eugenics and the persistence of ethnic identity in the face of globalization. Case studies from different parts of the world are used to illustrate these concepts, including current issues of interest in Canada. Prerequisite – None

  • SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    Course ID: BUSI223

    Name: SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Almost everyone dreams of starting a business and becoming self-employed. To be a successful entrepreneur, one must know that behind every successful business is a sound business plan. BUSI 223 examines the requirements needed to become a successful entrepreneur. The course focuses on practical ways of thinking and acting in order to develop and build a successful business. The major focus of the course centers on learning to identify the criteria of a successful business plan and developing a comprehensive business plan. Prerequisites: MARK 166 and ACCT 211 and ACCT 107

  • SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE AND CONFORMITY

    Course ID: SOCI224

    Name: SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE AND CONFORMITY

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    An in-depth look into crime and deviance in society, looking at specific schools of thought regarding deviance and conformity within society. A historical overview included with modern ideas of crime and criminality will round out a picture of deviance and crime in contemporary society. The course will focus on such behaviours as homicide, drug use, prostitution, gangs, mental illness, and sexuality. Prerequisites: SOCI 101

  • TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR TEACHING & LEARNING

    Course ID: COMA200

    Name: TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR TEACHING & LEARNING

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning will help prepare students to develop and integrate project-based learning skills into the classroom. Students will examine the Information and Communication Technology Outcomes Program of Studies as published by Alberta Learning, and are expected to develop modules that integrate the ICT Outcomes using the Internet, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database, and Multimedia application software. PREREQUISITE: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • VISUAL ARTS I - DRAWING

    Course ID: NATA166

    Name: VISUAL ARTS I - DRAWING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    The focus of this course is on the exploration of a variety of wet & dry drawing materials and the development of basic drawing skills. Students will be introduced to fundamentals including line, shape, volume, value, texture, perspective and composition. This exploration and skill development will be done through observational and imaginative drawing. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Course ID: NATA167

    Name: VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This is an introductory painting course that familiarizes students with a variety of techniques, concepts and processes in painting. The focus will be on using acrylic paint to develop an understanding of color and composition. This will be done through a series of projects that feature a variety of genres, compositional concepts and visual strategies. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Course ID: NATA168

    Name: VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; printmaking and mixed media compositions. Students will study various printmaking processes with an emphasis on learning basic materials and exploring the potential of this art form. Additionally, students will explore the use of mixed media in primarily 2D compositions. Prerequisites: none

  • VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Course ID: NATA169

    Name: VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; clay and welded metal sculpture. The focus of the clay module will be on basic hand-building kills as well as introductory ceramic concepts including firing and glazing. In the welding module students will be introduced to the use of metal and basic welding techniques and concepts for the creation of art. Prerequisites: none

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