Changing or adding specializations (Areas of Concentration, Majors, and Minors)

Specializations in the BA degree program
There are two versions of the BA degree program: the general and the honours version. BA students have a variety of specializations to choose from. Specializations include Areas of Concentration, Majors, Minors and certificates. All BA students are eligible to complete certificates.

Specializations in the BA (general) degree program
In the BA (general) degree program, specializations are called “Areas of Concentration.” BA students in the general degree program do not need to declare an Area of Concentration and can be “unspecialized.” BA students in the general degree program can declare one or more Areas of Concentration if they wish.

Specializations in the BA (honours) degree program
In the BA (honours) degree program, specializations are called “Majors” and “Minors.” BA students in the honours degree program must declare a Major. Adding a second Major (often called double Majoring) and/or a Minor(s) is optional.

Considering more than one specilaization? 
If you are interested in having more than one specialization, please note the double-counting requirements.

Procedure for changing or adding a specialization
To review the procedure for changing or adding a specialization, click here.

Adding an Area of Concentration

If you are interested in adding an Area of Concentration, please note the requirements listed below:

  • You must be in the general version of the BA degree to declare an Area of Concentration.
  • There is no specific average requirement for your Area of Concentration. However, students in the BA general degree program must have a cumulative average of 60% across all course attempts at the University of Guelph to be eligible to graduate.

Areas of Concentration options for the BA degree are listed below. Specific course requiements for each Area of Concentration can be found here.

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Development Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Hispanic Studies
  • Statistics
  • Theatre Studies

Please visit our “Procedure for Changing or Adding a Specialization” page  to review the procedure for changing or adding an Area of Concentration.

Adding a Major

If you are interested in adding a Major, please note the requirements listed below:

  • You must be in the honours version of the BA degree to declare a Major.
  • An average of at least 70% is required across all course attempts at the University of Guelph in your Major. You must also have a cumulative average of 60% across all course attempts at the University of Guelph to be eligible to graduate.

All Major options for the BA degree can be found on the “Specializations and Their Degrees” chart. Specific course requiements for each Major can be found here. Major options for the BA degree are also listed below for your convenience:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Classical Studies
  • Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Governance
  • European Studies
  • Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Development Studies
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Mathematical Science
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Hispanic Studies
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Studies

Please visit our “Procedure for Changing or Adding a Specialization” page to review the procedure for changing or adding a Major.

Adding a Minor

If you are interested in adding a Minor, please note the requirements listed below:

  • You must be in the honours version of the BA degree to declare a Minor.
  • A cumulative Minor average of at least 70% is required across all course attempts.
  • Before adding a Minor, please note the double-counting requirements.

BA degree students are permitted to declare a Minor from any degree program. Please be aware that some Minors require a high school math or science background. Some Minors may require the completion of additional prerequisites for you to access required courses. Any questions should be directed to the Faculty Advisor for the Minor. All Minors are listed in the “Specializations and Their Degrees” chart under the “Honours Program Minor” column. Note that BA students can declare Minors from all degree programs (unless specific restrictions are noted). 

Please visit our “Procedure for Changing or Adding a Specialization” page to review the procedure for changing or adding a Minor.