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Arts and Contemporary Studies - BA (Hons)

Is it for you?

This unique and customizable program in the humanities and social sciences provides students with the opportunity to specialize in fields including Anthropology, Culture Studies, Diversity and Equity Studies, Global Studies, English, French, History or Philosophy. You’ll learn critical analysis and research skills, and can participate in:

  • Research
  • Team-based and community projects
  • An international exchange
  • A guaranteed fellowship. 

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to apply key insights from the past to solve the real-world problems of today and tomorrow.

Program info

Faculty of Arts

Program format(s): 
Full time: 4 Year

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Grade range: 
Low 70s1


Experiential learning: 
Capstone course

Academic requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available on the 
admission requirements page.

Tuition and fees range 2024-2025

For detailed fees information, visit tuition and fees by program.

Full-time format:

Ontario students: $7,239 - $7,264
Out-of-province students: $8,415 - $8,440
International students: $35,075 - $35,100

First-year courses

Here is a preview of first-year courses based on the available undergraduate calendar information.

1st Semester


CORE ELECTIVE: One course from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVE: One Open Elective.

2nd Semester


REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

  • ACS 106† Introduction to Language
  • ARB *** An Arabic course
  • ASL *** An American Sign Language course
  • CHN *** A Chinese course
  • FRE *** A French course
  • MHK *** A Mohawk course
  • SPN *** A Spanish course

CORE ELECTIVE: One course from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVE: One Open Elective.

Your future

You’ll be able to draw connections across disciplines and make contributions to fields including:

  • Media and entertainment
  • Education
  • Non-profits
  • Arts and public sector services
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Intercultural relations
  • Mediation
  • Cultural and consumer advocacy
  • Community engagement
  • Public relations
  • Design and advertising
  • Human resources
  • Policy analysis
  • Design research
  • Archeology 
  • Graduate and continued studies in education, law or various disciplines

Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

Student spotlight

Independent research course offers collaboration and unique research

Arts and Contemporary Studies students can take ACS 950 — Directed Research course. This course offers advanced study and one-on-one research collaboration with a professor. Recent projects include a conceptual maker space for textiles and recycled clothing, and a project on de-stigmatizing menstruation.

More ways to explore TMU


  1. Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2024 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. TMU reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.


While every effort is made to ensure accuracy on this site, in the event of a discrepancy, TMU's current Undergraduate Calendar is the official reference.