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Faculty of Arts, Business and Science

The Faculty of Arts, Business and Science at University College of the North offers three- and four-year Bachelor of Arts degree programs, with majors in Aboriginal and Northern Studies, English, History and Sociology. Degree minors are currently offered in Aboriginal and Northern Studies, English, Geography, History, Science and Sociology.

The Faculty of Arts, Business and Science undergraduate program also offers courses in the following areas:

Anthropology    Economics
Biology    Environmental Science
Chemistry    Mathematics
Philosophy    Political Studies

Please refer to the UCN Academic Calendar for more information on the Faculty of Arts, Business and Science programs. For admission information please visit Admissions.

The Faculty of Arts, Business and Science and the Faculty of Education offer a joint Kenanow Bachelor of Education Integrated Stream program. In this program, students complete 90 credit hours of courses in Arts and Science, and 60 credit hours in Education. This program generally takes five years of full-time study to complete. 

Students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Science degree program are encouraged to consider courses offered through Inter-Universities Services and Campus Manitoba; these courses can be taken in your home communities and provide additional course offerings to our students.

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University College of the North will provide students with important skills in the areas of written and oral communication, research, independent and critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. These skills are highly sought after in many employment situations, including public, corporate and non-profit sectors. A Bachelor of Arts degree is also invaluable for students entering professional programs such as law, education or accounting, or continuing on in graduate programs.

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Business Administration

The Business Administration two-year diploma program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level management positions in business, industry and public administration, as well as preparing them to be small business entrepreneurs.
The majors currently offered are Accounting and Management. A general diploma in Business Administration can be earned by completing all core courses and five additional courses from either the Management or Accounting Major.
Students may exit the program after one year with a certificate in Basic Business Principles. 

Bachelor of Business Administration

A Bachelor or Business Administration (BBA) Degree can help students learn Management, Organization, Motivation and Leadership. This 2+2 degree program reflects the mandate of UCN by incorporating Aboriginal and Northern Manitoba perspectives. Students will learn how to apply decision-making processes and communicate effectively in public and private business enterprises.
Students in the BBA program learn computer skills, strategies for time organization, independent and critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and much more. A Bachelor of Business Administration Degree is invaluable for students entering professional programs such as Law, Education or Accounting or continuing on in graduate programs such as a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A). 

Office Assistant

The Office Assistant certificate program is designed to develop the proficiency in office skills needed to succeed in an entry-level administrative position. Students will learn essential business skills such as computer applications, keyboarding, filing, business communications, bookkeeping, and Administrative office procedures. Students learn to enhance their employability skills, prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt to a changing environment.

Students will receive theory and practice that reflect current trends in business and the requirements of prospective employers. A work practicum placement in a real world business setting provides students with an opportunity to combine skills and knowledge with on-the-job training.

This one-year certificate program opens a broad range of career opportunities in private business as well as federal, provincial, municipal, Metis, and First Nations offices.  Graduates find employment as office assistants, administrative clerks, administrative assistants, bookkeepers, payroll/personnel clerks, finance clerks, receptionists, data entry clerks, and desktop publishers.

Graduates may choose to pursue certification through the Microsoft Office Specialist Program in the following designations:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Microsoft Office Expert
  • Microsoft Office Master
Those who wish to continue their education may apply course credits to the Business Administration diploma program. The Business Administration diploma program transfers to the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A.).

Centre of Aboriginal Language and Culture

A key objective of the Centre of Aboriginal Language and Culture (CALC) has been focused on the promotion, preservation and revitalization of Aboriginal languages for the benefit of children, communities, students and future generations.  With the support of Elders, parents, communities and learning institutions, CALC seeks to promote the values, beliefs and traditions of Indigenous peoples and communities and welcomes opportunities for dynamic and innovative collaborations.


Community Economic Development

University College of the North’s Community Economic Development two-year diploma program prepares graduates for a range of employment and self-employment opportunities, including contributing to the health of the natural environment, building on community resources and capacities, increasing community control and ownership, and stabilizing local, and community economies.

Students will graduate with a Community Economic Development diploma. 

Employment opportunities for graduates may be found in northern community projects, sustainable development programs, programs to support and conserve traditional indigenous knowledge, land claims negotiation teams, youth development programs and community wellness development. Other opportunities include economic development practitioner positions, community development positions and First Nations and northern community administration positions, as well as consultancies.

Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Law Concentration)

Pre-Law at UCN is a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Pre-Law concentration. In consultation with the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, specific courses have been selected for this BA concentration. These courses will provide students with the breadth of knowledge required to be successful in the U of M Law program. These courses will also meet UCN’s requirements for a 3 and 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree. The courses selected focus on critical thinking and logic; reading and writing; appreciation of Indigenous history and contexts, and a variety of legal perspectives.

The Pre-Law admission requirements are those of UCN’s 3 and 4-year Bachelor of Arts program. Pre-Law will be offered full-time and in-person at The Pas and Thompson campuses. A Program Coordinator will provide students in the Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Law concentration with opportunities for additional study, law related workshops and work opportunities and other services to support student success. Students will be supported to write the LSAT and with their application materials to apply to Law School at the appropriate time.

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