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Be inspired by the almost limitless options offered in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies — the largest Faculty in Canada. With well over 1,500 courses and more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, you'll find challenging, relevant and diverse perspectives.

Most of our programs offer double-major and major-minor options so you can be inventive with your choices, tailoring your education to your interests and career goals. Need late afternoon or evening classes? Part-time studies? Want to study from home or earn a degree while working full time? We give you the flexibility to fit any schedule. In addition, we offer twelve iBA specializations, reflecting the Faculty's commitment to globalized curricula.

Explore our exciting degree options by clicking on the appropriate tab below.



Part-time Undergraduate Degree Options

Accounting
Accounting
Accounting is a stream within the Specialized Honours Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) degree program that is ideal for individuals seeking to develop comprehensive knowledge in a variety of accounting areas.

You will gain specialized knowledge in managerial accounting, income taxation, finance, auditing and analysis in addition to general business and management practices. Utilizing in-class lectures, case studies and computer simulations, our program is a recognized leader in providing quality preparation for several professional designations including those of Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified General Accountant. In fact, through its affiliation with several professional associations, you can even complete both your degree and the coursework portion of the professional designation requirements simultaneously.
Administrative Studies
Administrative Studies
We're one of the largest undergraduate business programs in Canada, offering 3 degree options.

Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS)
Gain a solid understanding of business and management theories and practices.
Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) Specialized Honours
Take your career to the next level and broaden your career horizons by focusing on one of seven streams; Accounting, Business Research, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Science and Marketing.
Bachelor of Administrative Studies-Information Technology (BAS ITEC)
Blend business with IT and get the skills increasingly sought by today's employers. Specialize in one of three streams; Business Systems Analysis, E-Commerce Development, Information Technology Auditing & Assurance.

 
Key Areas of Study or Streams
     Accounting
     Business Research
     Finance
     Human Resources Management
     Management
     Management Science
     Marketing
     Business Systems Analysis
     E-Commerce Development
     Information Technology Auditing & Assurance

Business Research
Business Research
Reliable data and research are critical to the effective management of businesses and organizations. Solid data helps business teams gather and interpret information that is used to determine organizational priorities and strategies. The Business Research stream within the Specialized Honours BAS degree program is ideal preparation for individuals interested in a career or further studies in market research and analysis.

In addition to building a solid foundation in general business and management practices, the program will provide you with specialized knowledge in survey design, data collection and interpretation, and quantitative measure, as well as market and decision analysis. You will take courses in marketing, research, critical decision-making and the design of information systems utilizing in-class lectures, case studies and computer simulations. Graduates of the program will be qualified to pursue a variety of interesting careers in the private and public sectors.
Culture & Expression
Culture & Expression
Culture & Expression investigates how societies communicate their values and interests through a wide range of artistic and cultural forms, among them film, music, literature, and various electronic and visual media. You’ll consider how societies construct both historical and contemporary meaning. This unique program opens up a whole new understanding of the arts in social, artistic and political contexts and encourages students to find their own "place" in this world.
Economics
Economics
Understand money and incentives and gain a clear grasp of the economy from both micro and macro perspectives. You’ll focus on aspects of social behaviour and institutions that are involved in the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses in an attempt to satisfy our unlimited human wants. You’ll also learn how to solve a wide range of individual and social problems related to production and consumption in a variety of national and international settings including product, labour and capital markets.
English
English
The study of English literature develops critical thinking and communication skills necessary to excel in life and in your chosen career.

During your first year, you’ll receive training required for university-level literary study (critical reading, writing, thinking and research), across a range of genres, styles and historical periods.

Focus on Canadian, American, British, South Asian, Caribbean, African and Diasporic literatures in and across history. Learn from a group of dynamic professors, many of whom are published authors and noted experts in their field.
Finance
Finance
Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a rewarding career in finance and to work towards the two major designations within the finance field - Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Finance is an essential part of managing any organization, large or small, and also essential to helping families plan their own financial future. The program teaches how to manage the financial affairs of a company to work in corporate finance. You learn personal financial planning and investment analysis to work in wealth management careers and to help you get the CFA or CFP designation.

You can take specialized finance courses within the Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) Specialized Honours program with topics such as valuing stock options, managing working capital and evaluating investment strategies. You also learn critical skills in law, marketing, accounting, information systems, business strategy and human resource management, for example, that you will need anywhere you work.
History
History
History provides us with a valuable roadmap for the future. By studying the past, you’ll deepen your understanding of the present and acquire the skills necessary to succeed in today’s world: critical thinking and analysis, research, and effective oral and written communication. Whatever historical period you’re interested in, we’ve got courses designed for you. Study the fall of Rome, explore the trenches of World War II, examine global environmental history or map out the history of gender and sexuality in diverse cultures and regions around the world.
Human Resource Management (BAS)
Human Resource Management (BAS)
We offer the widest breadth of Human Resource (HR) programs of any Canadian university. In addition to the unique Bachelor of Human Resource Management (BHRM) degree, you may pursue an HR specialization as part of LA&PS's Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) Specialized Honours degree.

In the BAS HR stream, you'll gain both a solid foundation in general business and management practices, as well as specialized skills and knowledge in a wide range of HR-related issues such as workplace productivity, safety and equity legislation, labour-management relations, hiring, compensation and retention issues. Graduates of the program possess both a broad understanding of general business principles (in areas such as planning and management), as well as specialized HR instruction, making them sought-after professionals.
Human Resource Management (BHRM)
Human Resource Management (BHRM)
The Bachelor of Human Resource Management (BHRM) program is the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest internationally with approximately 1000 students. Our dynamic program responds to a growing demand for quality HR professionals. You will acquire specialized training and education in all aspects of HR management.

Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning enables you to develop the research, analytical and management skills that will help you to become a successful professional, able to deal effectively with a variety of organizational situations. In addition, the program highlights the importance of a global perspective on HRM.
Human Rights & Equity Studies
Human Rights & Equity Studies
Students in Human Rights and Equity Studies explore the ethical principles of human rights as well as the roots and impact of human rights violations and efforts at redress. Problems of physical, social and economic security, cultural autonomy, and political rights and freedom of expression are examined. Students wishing to pursue graduate study can combine Human Rights and Equity Studies with a second major in a discipline.
Information Technology (BAS)
Information Technology (BAS)
With the revolution in information technology, virtually every organization requires IT professionals. Having the big picture understanding to liaise between technical and non-technical info-tech users, graduates of the ITEC program are uniquely positioned to plan, design, build and administer information systems. Become an IT expert, familiar with the latest technologies and able to customize and integrate them according to user’s needs.


 
Key Areas of Study or Streams
     Business Systems Analysis
     E-Commerce Development
     Information Technology Auditing & Assurance

Management
Management
Effective leadership is critical to the smooth operation of all organizations and businesses. In this stream of the Specialized Honours Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) degree program, you will learn the principles of effective management that reflect the diverse scope and varied responsibility of modern management. You'll gain general knowledge in a variety of areas, including marketing, human resources management, financial management, strategic planning and general management practices from the perspective of small (including entrepreneurial), medium and large organizations/companies.

Through in-class lectures, simulations and case studies, gain the required theoretical and practical knowledge that will make you successful in management and business.
Management Science
Management Science
Address the unique and complex issues organizations face in their short-term and long-terms strategic planning. The Management Science stream within the Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) Specialized Honours degree program will give you a strong foundation in quantitative methods as well as in operations and logistics management.
Marketing (Stream Administrative Studies)
Marketing (Stream Administrative Studies)
Today’s businesses depend on the creativity and expertise of marketing professionals to effectively promote their products. The Marketing stream within the Specialized Honours Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) degree program provides you with the skills and knowledge needed in this fast-paced and challenging field. Through in-class lectures, case studies and simulations, you'll gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of the marketing process including product management, advertising and communications, market research and strategies, retailing, international markets and consumer behaviour.

In addition to this specialized training, you'll also gain a solid foundation in general management/business applications, making you a well-qualified and sought-after professional.
Multicultural and Indigenous Studies (MIST)
Multicultural and Indigenous Studies (MIST)
MIST brings together three vibrant areas - Indigenous Studies, Diaspora Studies and Anti-Racism Studies. The program’s core courses conceptually integrate the three different streams of MIST into a cohesive program, enabling students to develop a broad understanding of the complex issues facing a society that is engaged in struggles for equality for racialized and diasporic communities while maintaining a colonial relationship with Aboriginal peoples.

In addition to the core courses, students must choose one of three streams:

1. Diaspora Studies
2. Indigenous Studies
3. Race and Multiculturalism

 
Key Areas of Study or Streams
     Diaspora Studies
     Indigenous Studies
     Racism and Multiculturalism Studies

Political Science
Political Science
Our program encompasses the actions of governments, political parties and the courts, as well as political movements in society and in the power relations of everyday life. Choose from a rich and diverse range of courses that allow you to focus on a number of topics such as: global politics; political economy and political power; development and inequality in the Third World; social justice, ethics, law and democracy; and violence and security.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of critical issues facing our world and the political context in which they exist while acquiring in-demand analytical and communications skills.
Public Administration
Public Administration
Deepen your knowledge of Canadian politics and political institutions while developing in-demand critical, analytic, management and research skills invaluable to your career. You’ll explore the interface between politics and policy-making through a range of contemporary perspectives and across disciplines including economics, law, political science, public administration, management and justice studies.

Through courses in areas such as public administration, Canadian government and public law, you’ll examine current and emerging debates regarding public institutions, law, human rights and diversity. You’ll also gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of government while acquiring expertise relevant to policy analysis, program evaluation and other public service functions.

Many courses involve simulations and exercises drawn from real world scenarios at all three levels of Canadian government. A limited number of practicum and internship placements are available for qualified students.
Sociology
Sociology
Sociology is an exciting and dynamic field of study that analyzes and accounts for key moments in our personal lives, our communities and our world. Discover what makes us tick as individuals and as a society by exploring social relations, interactions and various power dynamics. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. You’ll also hone your networks and connect with professionals in the field through a unique array of community projects.

 


 
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