Bishop’s University

Liberal Arts, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English
Liberal Arts from Bishop’s University is a program for students with a passion for human culture. There is plenty of space for students to develop their own community and as much learning as possible takes place in very inter-active settings. Small group discussion is built into all classes.


The program explores the Western cultural tradition in its myriad ways of expressing itself-art, literature, philosophy, music, science, society, politics, religion and so on.

Why study Liberal Arts at Bishop’s University?

The Liberal Arts program offers Major and Honours programs, both of which are structured to accommodate students wishing to combine studies in Liberal Arts with studies in other programs.

Program strengths
  • What does it mean to flourish, to live a full human life? Liberal Arts explores the most profound answers human beings have given to this the most important of questions!
  • Don’t lose the forest for the trees! Instead of being an expert in one thing but naïve in most nearly everything else, Liberal Arts students are encouraged to become well-rounded citizens-equally at home in conversations about everything from political events to the latest forms of art and film, from the greatest works of Western literature to new developments in the natural and social sciences.
  • Set out on a journey toward a rich and rewarding career! Liberal Arts majors have become doctors and teachers, workers in the third world and business people, lawyers and politicians. Since Liberal Arts does not pigeon-hole you, you will find yourself richly prepared for any number of fascinating and fulfilling careers. It is a fact that employers of all types respect and admire the kind of student who has taken a passionate interest in the full breadth and depth of human life. Liberal Arts majors who have made the most of their time at Bishop’s nearly always find it easy to get into graduate school, law school and to find excellent jobs.

Did you know ?

  • First year Liberal Arts students spend a Saturday in Montreal-we attend theatre and dance performances, visit art galleries and dine in one of Montreal’s many famous and delicious restaurants.
  • Liberal Arts students are invited to visit New York City. Students travel to New York, which is quite close to Bishop’s, and spend four days exploring the incredible culture of the famous Big Apple. You will visit some of the world’s greatest art galleries, perhaps see a Broadway show and enjoy some of New York’s famous nightlife.
  • Liberal Arts majors attend and discuss everything from lectures to music performances, plays to art gallery openings – as part of their regular studies!
  • Liberal Arts majors not only receive a broad and interdisciplinary education, but we organize the program so that you can easily do specializations (majors and concentrations) in other disciplines. This gives you all the advantages of a broad Liberal Arts education and specialization in one field. Arguably, Liberal Arts majors leave Bishop’s with the most thorough education you can get, and with excellent prospects for the future.
  • Our Liberal Arts program is part of a rapidly growing movement across North America and Europe that seeks to return to the study of the great themes of human civilization, that laments the over-specialization of our culture and that strives to create well-educated citizens for a robust rather that subservient democratic society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Popular courses

  • Introduction to Western Culture: All first year students enrol in a small, intimate seminar course in which they get to know each other and initiate their career in Liberal Arts with the careful study of one of the world’s greatest pieces of philosophy or literature.
  • The Foundation Courses: Liberal Arts majors take courses that focus on particular historical periods, and study the most important philosophical, scientific, artistic and political events of that moment in the human journey.
  • The Interdisciplinary Seminar: In your last year at Bishop’s you gather with everyone in your graduating class for a small-group, intensive study of an interdisciplinary theme. It is a chance both to explore a rich and interesting topic and to do so with the very people with whom you will share the graduation stage a few months later.
  • The Honours thesis: Students can spend a large part of their last year writing a detailed, interdisciplinary thesis on whatever theme they find most interesting and engaging.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Admission process

  • Complete the application form and submit it electronically.
  • An application of $65 CAD for students studying within Canada or an application fee of $100 CAD for students studying outside Canada (payable by credit card) is required at the time of online application for all degree/certificate programs.
  • Submit all required supporting documents to the Admissions OfficeTrack the status of your application through your Bishop’s Admissions account.
  • Admissions files are assessed on a rolling basis, as soon as all required documents are received.
Please go to the program website to determine the admission requirements that apply to your situation!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    546 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 546 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    247 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 247 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    80 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 80 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sherbrooke

  • 1080 - 1710 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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