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Bachelor of Humanities (Great Books)

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Bachelor of Humanities (Great Books)

About this program

Bachelor of Humanities (Great Books)

In the Bachelor of Humanities, students read the world’s most influential books and explore the world’s most exciting ideas in art, philosophy, history, literature, classics, music, religion and science.

In this interdisciplinary Liberal Arts program, students study the world’s greatest ideas, books, and art works produced by thinkers from the span of recorded world history— from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America. The emphasis of the program is on ideas, explored through small discussion groups and writing assignments. The typical Humanities student loves to read, and is excited about sharing ideas with students and professors.

The Bachelor of Humanities can take you anywhere you want to go. Humanities students graduate with outstanding research, writing, and communications skills, and they normally rise very quickly in their chosen professions. Humanities students can ask to be paired with a professional mentor and can gain insight into the workplace before they graduate. Graduates may go on to rewarding careers in law, journalism, teaching, medicine, business, policy analysis, foreign service, international relations, public service, writing and research.

Students may choose one of five degree programs: the Honours, the Combined Honours, the Humanities with a Study Year Abroad, the Humanities and Biology degree, or the Journalism and Humanities degree.

Admission requirements

In many cases, students must also submit a portfolio to be accepted into the program. For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition for one full academic year (September 2021 - May 2022): CAD 29,023

Career paths

Graduates of the BHum program are able to understand today’s global culture, make free and well-informed judgments, and make significant contributions to civic life. A number of the BHum’s distinctive features give students an advantage as they embark on their chosen career paths.

All these special features give BHum students the skills that are necessary for the following careers (some of which require further training or education).


  • lawyer
  • researcher
  • teacher
  • international relations officer
  • writer
  • journalist
  • professor
  • public servant
  • policy analyst
  • foreign service worker
  • doctor
  • business person

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Carleton University

Carleton University is located in beautiful Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Carleton is committed to giving back through education while pursuing contributions to the common good. These founding values are at the heart of the university’s focus on research, community...

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Why study at Carleton University

Why Carleton?

  • A large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life science research centres are located in the Ottawa area, as well as a growing technology industry with over 1,900 companies.
  • The majority of their programs feature work-study opportunities (known as “co-op”), that allow students to gain full-time, paid employment related to their academic program.
  • Carleton is a close-knit, supportive and diverse community. This includes academic support, help with jobs and career, health and counselling, student life, athletics, and 300+ student-run clubs and societies. Students come from 140+ countries and have many opportunities to get involved in community-building activities both on and off-campus.
  • Campus is a green oasis, nestled between the Rideau River, Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake. Their self-contained campus and focus on community encourage student interaction, which can provide you with both valuable communication skills and lasting friendships.
  • Qualified applicants are automatically offered entrance scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 CAD over four years, and a place in one of Carleton’s on-campus residences.

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1125 Colonel By Drive
K1S 5B6 Ottawa Ontario

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