Welcome

We’re delighted that you selected MSVU as your University! We look forward to helping you select your first-year courses and supporting you throughout your academic journey!

This guide contains important information about MSVU programs, recommended first-year course selection for all undergraduate degree programs, a list of courses open to first-year students, a glossary of terms, and a frequently asked questions section.

If you have questions about course selection and registration, academic advisors are available to assist you. Email advising@msvu.ca to connect with an academic advisor. Registration opens on Monday, March 30th.

It is our hope that this guide and our web resource will help you feel as prepared as possible to begin classes in the fall and excited about the opportunities that await you.


Programs at-a-glance

Bachelor of Arts (BA) & Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Major Programs: 20 Units (4 years) – A major is required for students enrolled in a 20-unit BA or BSc. Students will gain in-depth knowledge in one single discipline, by completing 8-10 units in their chosen major.

Combined Major Programs: 20 Units (4 years)- A combined major is an option for students enrolled in a 20 unit BA or BSc. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of two disciplines, by completing 6-8 units in two disciplines.

Honours Programs: 20 units (4 years) – Available for students who wish to study a single discipline in depth, usually with post-graduate study as a goal. Honours include 10-12 units in the chosen discipline including an Honours thesis.

General Studies: 15 units (3 years) – This program offers a broad background in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Students will select a concentration of 4 units.

Group A (Science & Math)

  • Applied Human Nutrition**
  • Applied Statistics***
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Group B (Social Sciences)

  • Canadian Studies
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Family Studies & Gerontology
  • Political studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/ Anthropology
  • Women’s Studies

Group C (Humanities)

  • Chinese
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Library
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Writing

* All BA and BSc programs require at least 1.0 unit in groups A, B and C. Psychology can count toward group A or B, but not both.
** Those listed in the science minor
*** See Math

Professional Programs

Professional programs are degrees focused on a specific career or career path. Units vary depending on the program: 20-23 units (4+ years)

Degrees available in:

  • Applied Human Nutrition
  • Business Administration
  • Child and Youth Study
  • Public Relations
  • Tourism & Hospitality Management

Certificates and Diplomas

  • Certificate in Accounting
  • Certificate in Business Administration
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Certificate in Marketing
  • Certificate in Proficiency in French
  • Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Majors, Minors and Honours options may be available in your program of choice. Please consult the Academic Calendar for specific details.


Program Planning Sheets by Program

*If you are enrolled in a Certificate or Diploma program, contact advising@msvu.ca for assistance with course selection.

Applied Human Nutrition
Fall 2020 Courses
-NUTR 1102 and NUTR 102L (Lab) – Introduction to Foods: Plant Origin
-NUTR 1010 – Introduction to the Profession
-CHEM 1011 and CHEM 111L (Lab) – General Chemistry 1
-Arts or Science Elective
-BUSI, ECON, THMT Elective

Winter 2021 Courses
-NUTR 1106 – Introduction to Nutrition
-NUTR 1103 and NUTR 103L (Lab) – Introduction to Foods: Animal Origin
-CHEM 1012 and CHEM 112L (Lab) – General Chemistry 2
-Arts or Science Elective
-Arts or Science Elective
* Note: Transfer students must take NUTR 1106 in the Fall to be able to take NUTR 2211 – Intermediate Nutrition in the Winter

Bachelor of Arts
Fall 2020 Courses
-Group A Course (Science/Math)
-Group B Course (Social Science)
-Group C Course (Humanities)
-Introductory course for the subject in which you might declare a major or concentration
-Arts, Science, or Professional Elective

Winter 2021 Courses
-Group A Course (Science or Math)
-Group B Course (Social Science)
-Group C Course (Humanities)
-Introductory course for the subject in which you might declare a major or concentration
-Arts, Science, or Professional Elective
*Note: If you plan to major in Psychology, you should take MATH 2208 and MATH 208L (Lab) – Introduction to Statistics 1 – in the Fall for Group A and MATH 2209 and MATH 209L (Lab) – Introduction to Statistics 2 – in the Winter for Group A. You should also take PSYC 1110 – Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science – in the Fall and PSYC 1120 – Introduction to Psychology as Social Science – in the Winter. You may do PSYC 1120 in the Fall and PSYC 1110 in the winter if this works better for your schedule.

Bachelor of Business Administration
Fall 2020 Courses
-BUSI 1112 – Introduction to Business Administration
-BUSI 2221 – Introduction to Accounting 1
-BUSI 2214 – Organizational Behaviour: Individuals in Organizations
-BUSI/THMT 2202 – Communication and Self Management Skills
-Arts or Science Elective (Group A, B, or C)

Winter 2021 Courses
-BUSI 2230 – Principles of Marketing
-BUSI 2222 – Introduction to Accounting 2
-BUSI 2215 – Organizational Behaviour: Groups, structure, culture
-Humanities Elective (Group C)
-Arts or Science Elective (Group A, B, or C)

Bachelor of Child and Youth Study
Fall 2020 Courses
-Take two of: CHYS 1110 – Introduction to Child and Youth Study, 1120-Essentials of Child and Youth Care Practice, and 1130-Theroetical Frameworks in Child and Youth Study
-PSYC 1110 – Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
-MATH 2208 and MATH 208L (Lab) – Introduction to Statistics 1 or an Arts or Science Elective selected from the list below
-Arts or Science Elective*

Winter 2021 Courses
-Take one of: CHYS 1110-Introduction to Child and Youth Study, 1120-Essentials of Child and Youth Care Practice, and 1130-Theoretical Frameworks in Child and Youth Study (whichever course you did not take in Fall)
-PSYC 1120 – Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
-MATH 2209 and MATH 209L (Lab) – Introduction to Statistics 2 or an Arts or Science Elective selected from the list below
-Arts or Science Elective*
-Arts or Science Elective*
*CHYS students may choose from the following elective options: BIOL 1114, WRIT 1120, ENGL at the 1000 level, HIST at the 1000 or 2000 level, NUTR 2240, SOAN 1502 or any of the courses open to first year students listed below.

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Major
Fall 2020 Courses
-COMM 1015 – Introduction to Communication Technology
-PBRL/COMM 2013 – Communication:Theory and Practice
-Arts or Science Elective (Groups A, B, & C)
-Elective
-Elective

Winter 2021 Courses
-PBRL/COMM 2211 – Introduction to Public Speaking
-LIBR 2100 – Library Research
-Arts or Science Elective (Groups A, B, & C)
-Elective
-Elective

Bachelor of Public Relations
Fall 2020 Courses
-PBRL 1010 – Foundations of Public Relations
-PBRL 2012 – Public Relations Writing: Theory and Practice
-PBRL/COMM 2013 – Communication: Theory and Practice
-BUSI 1112 – Introduction to Business Administration
-Elective

Winter 2021 Courses
-COMM 2025 – Introduction to Social Media
-PBRL/COMM 2211 – Introduction to Public Speaking
-Elective
-Elective
-Elective

Bachelor of Science
Students majoring in Biology should take BIOL 1152 and BIOL 152L (Lab) – Introduction to Biology 1 in the Fall and BIOL 1153 and BIOL 153L(Lab) – Introduction to Biology 2 in the Winter. They should also take MATH 1113 – Calculus 1 in the Fall. If you have not taken precalculus in high school, you may need to register for MATH 1102 – Precalculus 1 – in the Fall and MATH 1103 – Precalculus 2 in the Winter. A Math placement test is required before beginning the Fall semester.

Students majoring in Chemistry should take CHEM 1011 and CHEM 111L (Lab) – General Chemistry 1 – and CHEM 1012 and CHEM 112L (Lab) – General Chemistry 2 – and MATH 1113 – Calculus 1 – in the Fall and MATH 1114 – Calculus 2 – in the Winter. It is also advisable to take PHYS 1101 and PHYS 101L (Lab) – General Physics 1 – in the Fall and PHYS 1102 and PHYS 102L (Lab) – General Physics 2 – in the Winter. If you have not taken precalculus in high school, you may need to register for MATH 1102 – Precalculus 1 – in the Fall and MATH 1103 – Precalculus 2 in the Winter. A Math placement test is required before beginning the Fall semester. If you do not place in MATH 1113 – Calculus 1 – you should hold off on taking PHYS 1101 and 1102 until you place in Calculus.

Students majoring in Mathematics should register for MATH 1102 – Precalculus 1 – or MATH 1113 – Calculus 1 – in Fall and MATH 1103 – Precalculus 2 – or MATH 1114 – Calculus 2 – in Winter. A Math placement test is required before beginning the Fall semester. The placement test usually happens during Orientation Week. Also recommended for the first year are MATH 2208 and MATH 208L (Lab) – Introduction to Statistics 1 and CMPS 1155 – Introduction to Computer Programming.

Students majoring in Psychology should enroll in PSYC 1110 – Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science – in Fall and PSYC 1120 – Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science – in Winter and MATH 2208 and MATH 208L (Lab) – Introduction to Statistics 1 – in Fall and MATH 2209 and MATH 209L (Lab) – Introduction to Statistics 2 – in Winter.

FALL 2020 Courses
-Group A
-Group A
-Group A
-Elective from Group A, B, or C
-Elective from Group A, B, or C or Professional Elective

Winter 2021 Courses
-Group A
-Group A
-Group A
-Elective from Group A, B, or C
-Elective from Group A, B, or C or Professional Elective

Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Fall 2020 Courses
-THMT 1101 – Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality Management
-BUSI 2230 – Principles of Marketing
-THMT 1116 and THMT 116L (Lab) – Introduction to Food Service Management
-BUSI 2221 – Introduction to Accounting 1
-THMT/BUSI 2202 – Communication and Self Management Skills

Winter 2021 Courses
-BUSI 1112 – Introduction to Business Administration
-BUSI 2214 – Organizational Behaviour: Individuals in Organizations
-THMT 2216 and THMT 216L (Lab) – Planning and Management of Food Service Operations
-BUSI 2222 – Introduction to Accounting 2
-PBRL/COMM 2211 – Introduction to Public Speaking


Courses open to first year students

Important Notes:

  • Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have a prerequisite (either first semester or concurrent), or require permission of the instructor. Check the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar for further information.
  • 1.0 unit courses will begin in the fall semester and will continue through the winter semester. If you choose a 1.0 unit course, remember that you will be in the course for the entire academic year, September to April. 0.5 unit courses run for one semester.

Applied Human Nutrition

NUTR 1010* – 0.5 units – Introduction to the Profession (prerequisite: Admission to BSc AHN)

NUTR 1102* – 0.5 units – Foods I (lab required) (prerequisite: Grade XII Chemistry or CHEM 1005)

NUTR 1103* – 0.5 units – Foods II (lab required) (prerequisite: Grade XII Chemistry or CHEM 1005)

NUTR 1106* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Nutrition (prerequisite: Grade XII Biology)

NUTR 2240 – 0.5 units – Nutrition, Health and Safety for the Developing Child and Adolescent

NUTR 2260 – 0.5 units – Cultural Context of Dietetics (Currently NUTR 2260 is for International students and requires departmental approval.)

NUTR 2261* – 0.5 units – Cultural Competence of Dietetics (prerequisite: NUTR 2260. Currently NUTR 2261 is for International students and requires departmental approval.)

Biology

BIOL 1114 – 0.5 units – Human Reproduction, Growth & Maturation (not a credit towards a major in Biology)

BIOL 1152 – 0.5 units – Introductory Biology I (lab required) BIOL 1153* 0.5 Introductory Biology II (prerequisite: BIOL 1152)

Business

BUSI 1112 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Business Administration

BUSI 2011 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

BUSI 2012 – 0.5 units – Work and Career in the Modern Global Environment

BUSI 2060 – 0.5 units – Personal Finance

BUSI/THMT 2202 – 0.5 units – Communications Management

BUSI 2214 – 0.5 units – Organizational Behaviour: Individuals in Organizations

BUSI 2215 – 0.5 units – Organizational Behaviour: Groups, Structure and Culture

BUSI 2221 – 0.5 units – Introductory Accounting I

BUSI 2222* – 0.5 units – Introductory Accounting II (prerequisite: BUSI 2221)

BUSI 2230 – 0.5 units – Principles of Marketing

BUSI 2250 – 0.5 units – Business Ethics

BUSI 2601 – 0.5 units – Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

Canadian Studies

CANA/POLS 1001 – 0.5 units – Government, Law, and Leaders

CANA/POLS 1002 – 0.5 units – State, Democracy, and Change in the Global Era

CANA/POLS 1102 – 0.5 units – Citizenship, Identity, and Diversity in Canada

CANA/POLS 2201 – 0.5 units – Law, Government, and Politics in Canada

CANA/POLS 2202 – 0.5 units – People, Power, and Politics in Canada

CANA/CULS 2211 – 0.5 units – Canadian Popular Culture

Chemistry

CHEM 1003 – 0.5 units – Chemistry of Everyday Life

CHEM 1005* – 0.5 units – Chemical Concepts (lab/tutorial required) (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic Math or Math 0020 with a grade of C or higher)

CHEM 1011* – 0.5 units – General Chemistry I (lab required) (prerequisite: Grade XII Chemistry and Grade XI and XII academic Math)

CHEM 1012* – 0.5 units – General Chemistry II (lab required) (prerequisite: CHEM 1011)

Child & Youth Study

CHYS 1110 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Child and Youth Care

CHYS 1120 – 0.5 units – Essentials of Child and Youth Care Practice (open only to students enrolled in the BA (CYS) degree)

CHYS 1130* – 0.5 units – Theoretical Frameworks in Child and Youth Study

Communication Studies/Public Relations

COMM 1015 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Communication Technology

COMM 1501 – 0.5 units – Foundations of Science Communication

COMM/PBRL 2013 – 0.5 units – Communication: Theory and Practice

COMM 2025 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Social Media

COMM 2101 – 0.5 units – Relational Communication

COMM/PBRL 2211 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Public Speaking

PBRL 1010** – 0.5 units – Foundations of Public Relations

PBRL 2012** – 0.5 units – Writing: Theory & Practice

**Available only to Bachelor of Public Relations students

Computer Science

CMPS/INTE 1024 – 0.5 units – Information Technology Fundamentals

CMPS 1155* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Computer Programming I (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic math)

CMPS/INTE 1161* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Media Computing (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic math)

CMPS 2255 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Computer Programming II (prerequisite: CMPS 1155)

Cultural Studies

CULS 1101 – 0.5 units – Cultural Studies: An Introduction

CULS 2201 – 0.5 units – Cultural Studies: Critical Debates

CULS 2202 – 0.5 units – Music and Culture

CULS 2203 – 0.5 units – History of Rock and Roll

CULS 2205 – 0.5 units – Art in Halifax Now

CULS/CANA 2211 – 0.5 units – Canadian Popular Culture

CULS 2293 – 0.5 units – Understanding Movies

CULS 2294 – 0.5 units – Film Genres

CULS 2297 – 0.5 units – Animated Film

Economics

ECON 1101* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Microeconomics (prerequisite: Grade XII academic math)

ECON 1102* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Macroeconomics (prerequisite: ECON 1101)

English

WRIT 1120 – 0.5 units – Writing Theory and Practice

ENGL 1155 – 1.0 unit – Introduction to Literature: Gender and Form

ENGL 1170 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Literature: Reading Literature

ENGL 1171 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Literature: Historical Perspectives

NOTE: Students may not take both ENGL 1155 & ENGL 1170/1171 for credit. ENGL 1170 should be taken before ENGL 1171. WRIT 1120 cannot be used toward the major or minor in English.

Family Studies

FSGN 1100 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Family Studies

FSGN/PHIL 2202 – 0.5 units – The Roots of Peace and Conflict

FSGN 2212 – 0.5 units – Perspectives on Parent-Child Relations Across the Life Course

FSGN 2312 – 0.5 units – Resilient Families

FSGN 2315 – 0.5 units – Program planning in family life

Gerontology

FSGN 1101 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Gerontology

FSGN 2100 – 0.5 units – Healthy Aging

History

HIST 1121 – 0.5 units – Canoes and Colonialism: Canada to Confederation

HIST 1122 – 0.5 units – Consolidation and Conflict: Canada from Confederation

HIST 1131 – 0.5 units – World History: Early Civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas

HIST 1132 – 0.5 units – World History: Colonization and Commodities

HIST 2207 – 0.5 units – History of Women to the Modern Day

HIST 2208 – 0.5 units – From Optimism to Destruction: Europe 1890-1933

HIST 2209 – 0.5 units – Catastrophe and Rebirth: Europe 1933-1989

HIST/POLS 2219 – 0.5 units – Canadian Foreign Policy

HIST 2220 – 0.5 units – Reason & Light: The Enlightenment in Europe

HIST 2225 – 0.5 units – Canadian Environmental History

HIST 2231 – 0.5 units – History of the Atlantic Colonies Since Confederation

HIST 2282 – 0.5 units – History of Childhood: The North American Experience

HIST 2285 – 0.5 units – Love, Sexuality and the Body

HIST 2288 – 0.5 units – Russia & the Soviet Experiment

HIST 2300 – 0.5 units – A History of Ancient Egypt

HIST 2303 – 0.5 units – Medieval Renaissances: The European Late Middle Ages

HIST 2391 – 0.5 units – History of Education in Canada

Information Technology

INTE/CMPS 1024 – 0.5 units – Information Technology Fundamentals

INTE 2011 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Project Management

INTE 2295 – 0.5 units – Digital Media Management (prerequisite: CMPS 1024)

Library

LIBR 2100 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Research in the Information Age

Mathematics

Students must take the Math placement test in order to take Pre-calculus (MATH 1102) or Calculus (MATH 1113). Students may register for either of these courses before taking the placement test; however, if students do not complete the placement test satisfactorily by the end of the first week of term they may be required to withdraw from the course.

MATH 0027 – 0.5 units – Statistics and Math Preparation (non-credit)

MATH 1102 – 0.5 units – Pre-calculus I: Algebraic Functions

MATH 1103* – 0.5 units – Pre-calculus II: Transcendental Functions (prerequisite: MATH1102)

MATH 1113 – 0.5 units – Introductory Calculus I MATH 1114* 0.5 Introductory Calculus II (prerequisite: MATH 1113)

MATH 2208* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Statistics I (lab required-MATH 208L or MATH 208D) (prerequisite: Grade XI or XII academic Math or Math 0020 with a grade of C or higher)

MATH 2209* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Statistics II (lab required-MATH 209L or MATH 209D) (prerequisite: MATH 2208)

NOTE: Students taking MATH 2208 and MATH 2209 via distance are required to register for a lab offered via distance. The distance labs are identified as MATH 208D and MATH 209D.

Modern Language (Chinese)

CHIN 1101 – 0.5 units – Mandarin Chinese I

CHIN 1102* – 0.5 units – Mandarin Chinese II (prerequisite: CHIN 1101)

CHIN 2288 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Chinese Culture

Modern Languages (French)

Students must take a placement test to determine which course they should take.

FREN 1101 – 0.5 units – Basic Practical French I

FREN 1102 – 0.5 units – Basic Practical French II

FREN 2201 – 0.5 units – Practical French I

FREN 2202 – 0.5 units – Practical French II

FREN 2205 – 0.5 units – Practical French III

FREN 2206 – 0.5 units – Practical French IV

FREN 2214 – 0.5 units – Intermediate Grammar & Composition I

FREN 2215 – 0.5 units – Intermediate Grammar & Composition II

FREN 2253 – 0.5 units – Introduction to French Literature I

FREN 2254 – 0.5 units – Introduction to French Literature II

Modern Languages (Spanish)

SPAN 1101 – 0.5 units – Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1102* – 0.5 units – Beginning Spanish II (prerequisite: SPAN 1101 or equivalent)

Philosophy

PHIL 1010 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 2201 – 0.5 units – Knowledge, Truth, and Opinion

PHIL/FSGN 2202 – 0.5 units – The Roots of Peace and Conflict

PHIL 2209 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Ethics

PHIL/POLS 2210 – 0.5 units – Theories of Human Nature

PHIL 2212 – 0.5 units – Freedom and Responsibility

PHIL/RELS 2217 – 0.5 units – Reason and Religious Belief

Physics

PHYS 1101* – 0.5 units – General Physics I (lab required) (prerequisite: Math 1103 or high school precalculus Math and placement into MATH 1113)

PHYS 1102* – 0.5 units – General Physics II (prerequisite: PHYS 1101)

PHYS 1120 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Astronomy I: The Sky and Planets (lab required)

PHYS 1130 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Astronomy II: Stars and Galaxies (lab required)

Political Studies

POLS/CANA 1001 – 0.5 units – Government, Law, and Leaders

POLS/CANA 1002 – 0.5 units – State, Democracy, and Change in the Global Era

POLS/CANA 1102 – 0.5 units – Citizenship, Identity, and Diversity in Canada

POLS/CANA 2201 – 0.5 units – Law, Government, and Politics in Canada

POLS/CANA 2202 – 0.5 units – People, Power, and Politics in Canada

POLS 2203 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Public Policy and the Public Interest

POLS/PHIL 2210 – 0.5 units – Theories of Human Nature

POLS/HIST 2219 – 0.5 units – Canadian Foreign Policy

POLS/WOMS 2223 – 0.5 units – Women and Politics

POLS 2244 – 0.5 units – Contemporary World Events and Issues

Psychology

PSYC 1110 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science

PSYC 1120* – 0.5 units – Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science (prerequisite: of PSYC 1110)

Religious Studies

RELS 1020 – 0.5 units – Eastern Religious Traditions

RELS 1030 – 0.5 units – Western Religious Traditions

RELS 2201 – 0.5 units – Evil

RELS 2203 – 0.5 units – Love

RELS/PHIL 2217 – 0.5 units – Reason & Religious Belief

Sociology/Anthropology

SOAN 1502 – 0.5 units – Questioning Society

SOAN 2520 – 0.5 units – Family Marriage & Kinship

SOAN 2531 – 0.5 units – Making a Living

SOAN 2550 – 0.5 units – Diversity & Identity

SOAN 2570 – 0.5 units – Gender & Society

SOAN 2580 – 0.5 units – Deviance

Tourism & Hospitality Management

Some courses in this department may only be open to those students enrolled in Business Administration or Tourism and Hospitality Management programs; please check the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar.

THMT 1101 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality

THMT 1116 – 0.5 units – Principles of Food Production and Service (lab required)

THMT 2201* – 0.5 units – Alternate Forms of Tourism (prerequisite: THMT 1101)

THMT/BUSI 2202 – 0.5 units – Communications Management

THMT 2216* – 0.5 units – Restaurant and Food Service Management (lab required) (prerequisite: THMT 1116)

THMT 2244 – 0.5 units – Sustainable Tourism (prerequisite: THMT 1101)

Women’s Studies

WOMS 1110 – 0.5 units – Focus on Women I

WOMS 1112 – 0.5 units – Focus on Women II

WOMS 1114 – 0.5 units – Introduction to Queer Studies

WOMS 2221 – 0.5 units – Women and Health

WOMS/POLS 2223 – 0.5 units – Women and Politics

WOMS 2231 – 0.5 units – Women and Culture

WOMS/SOAN 2570 – 0.5 units – Gender & Society (prerequisite: SOAN 1502)


Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know which courses to take?

This handbook and the advising sessions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses. Academic Advisors and faculty will help you stay on track, and are good resources to return to should you have any follow up questions after the event.

Who is my academic advisor?

Today you will be advised by faculty and academic advisors, however once you’ve started taking courses you will generally return to the same advisor each semester. To find out who your advisor is after this event please email advising@msvu.ca

How many courses should I take in each semester?

You can register for a maximum of 5 courses per semester (2.5 units). You can register for fewer courses, although it may take longer to complete your degree requirements.

What is the difference between a full-time student versus a part-time student?

A full-time student must be registered in 3 or more courses per semester for a minimum of 3.0 units per academic year. A part-time student is registered in 1 or 2 courses per semester.

What is MyMount?

MyMount is the Mount’s online student portal where you can register for courses, stay up to date on financial information and fees due, and much more.

How do I get a user ID and password?

Your username and password are automatically assigned and emailed to you. For questions about logging into and navigating your MSVU email, myMount, or other student online services please contact helpdesk@msvu.ca.

Can I take a course at the 2000 level if I am in my first year?

Yes, as long as there is no prerequisite for the course. If there is a prerequisite you must complete it prior to taking an upper year course.

When do I choose my major and minor?

You will need to choose a major and minor by the end of your first full year of study (before you register for your 6th unit of study).

Do I have to choose a major and minor?

No, you may choose to complete a general studies degree which requires one concentration instead of a major and minor.

What is a timetable?

The timetable is the schedule of courses that are offered each semester including the times, days, professor’s name and location of the class. The timetable is not usually available in a printed format, but is available on-line through myMount. What is the Undergraduate Academic Calendar? It is the document that describes the programs, courses, degree requirements, financial information, scholarship information, etc.


Glossary of Terms

  • Advisor: a staff or faculty member who helps you plan your program and select your courses.
  • Concentration – Arts and Science: A concentration in Arts and Science consists of four units of study as defined by the department offering the program.
  • Concentration – Professional: Several professional degree programs require students to complete a concentration, a minimum of three units of coursework in a specific area within the professional program. See specific degree requirements in the Academic Calendar.
  • Full-time student: a student taking three or more units of credit during the regular academic year (September to April).
  • Part-time student: a student taking 2.5 or fewer units of credit during the regular academic year (September to April).
  • Unit (1.0): a course that runs for the full academic year (September-April)
  • Half-unit (0.5): a course that normally runs for one term only (either in the fall or the winter term).
  • Credit: same as a unit; technically, the term “credit” is not used at the Mount, but you will often hear the two terms used interchangeably.
  • Laboratory (Lab): in addition to class time, some courses have labs. If you register for a course that has a lab you are required to register for the lab.
  • Major: a planned selection of courses in a particular subject; usually between 6 and 8 units in a 20 unit combined major degree, or between 8 and 10 units in a 20 unit degree with one major. (Combined majors are only available to BA and BSc students).
  • Minor: a secondary area of study within a degree; usually three units of credit.
  • Elective: a course or subject not required for your particular program of study.
  • Placement test: a test to determine at which course level you should be placed to begin your studies. Placement tests are required for some math courses. It is also recommended for students taking French.
  • Prerequisite: a course required before taking another course at a higher or upper level.
  • GPA (grade point average): The total of your grade points averaged over the number of units contributing points of 0.0 and greater (basically, the average of your grades).