Faculty of Arts and Science

Join innovative and intelligent students like you in the pursuit of a world-class degree in Arts and Science. Our faculty offers over 21 areas of study ranging from Biology to Sociology so no matter where your passion is we have a program for you.

  • Engage with some of the best educators and thought leaders with Nipissing small class sizes.
  • Benefit from personalized attention and in some cases even participate in graduate-level research.
  • Experience a truly unique setting with state-of-the-art facilities nestled in 256 acres of pristine forest.
  • If you love the outdoors and looking for a quality education Nipissing is for you
  • Guaranteed single room in residence for first year students admitted from high school

Dear Students,

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is a community of engaging professors, learners, and alumni, where education is not just a means to an end, but a path to an abundance of future possibilities and new beginnings.

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs. Our programs are taught by professors who are well-known for their research and teaching excellence, personalized approach, and engaging pedagogies that will inspire your academic interests and guide you to success.

We offer over 26 Majors and 30 Minors, 16 certificates, and exciting internship opportunities. Our programs cover diverse areas, including Anthropology, Biology, Child and Family Studies, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Economics, English Studies, Environmental Geography, Fine Arts, Gender Equality and Social Justice, Geography, History, Liberal Arts, Liberal Science, Mathematics, Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Religions and Cultures, Social Welfare and Social Development, Political Science, and Sociology.

Our certificates in applied Behaviour Analysis, Indigenous Leadership, Archaeological Monitoring, Bilingualism, Digital Humanities, Environmental Management, Forest Resource Management, Game Design and Development, Geomatics, Health Studies, Neuroscience, Peace and Violence Prevention Studies, or Study of State Violence, provide numerous micro-credentialing opportunities.

We also offer graduate studies programs in History, Mathematics, Applied Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Science.

Exploring life-important and life-changing questions about our environment, humanity, big data, ethics, health and society, technology, equity, inclusion and diversity, our programs emphasize the importance of learning with integrity.

Join our community of engaged learners, a community that aspires to making a difference in the world, where belonging and learning become one.

Warmest regards,
Pavlina Radia,
Dean of Arts and Science

Foundations Pathway

The Faculty of Arts and Science is pleased to announce a new initiative that supports the transition from high school to university. Students will have an opportunity to take unique courses that inspire curiosity and provide an open dialogue for discovery. This pathway is intended for students who are determined to earn a university education but have faced challenges in an academic environment. Through our customized classes, students gain the skills and knowledge required for continued success as they work towards their Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. The pathway admits students applying directly from secondary school who have an average below the 70% admission requirement.

Learn more about the Foundations Pathway

French Language Placement Test

Please note that the French Placement Test is no longer a requirement to register in French courses for 21FW.

If you wish to enrol in FREN-1106 Introductory French I and have no knowledge of French you are encouraged to contact the Chair of the French Department, Richard Wenghofer at richardw@nipissingu.ca to seek permission. If approved, the Chair will inform the Office of the Registrar and you will be notified that you can proceed with registering for Introductory French I. 

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in the French Minor at Nipissing University with grade 12 core French enrol in FREN-1106 Introductory French I, while those who have graduated from a French immersion or fully French secondary school enrol in FREN-2006 Intermediate French I. 

If you wish to enrol in FREN-2006 Intermediate French I and have not completed Introductory French you are encouraged to contact the Chair of the French Department, Richard Wenghofer at richardw@nipissingu.ca to request exemption from this prerequisite requirement. If approved, the Chair will inform the Office of the Registrar and you will be notified that you can proceed with registering for Intermediate French. 

Certificate of Bilingualism

Students of Nipissing University are eligible for a Certificate of Bilingualism if they demonstrate superior ability in French and English.

Please note:  You must be in your graduating year to take this test.

Application Deadline:  Friday, October 29, 2021

Written Examination:  TBA

Oral Examination: TBA

Testing Fee:  $45 

Application forms are available through the Dean of Arts and Science Office at asdean@nipissingu.ca.

Doug Manners with owl
Doug Manners doing owl banding.

Experiential Learning

UNIV 3006 Experiential Learning for Arts and Science Students

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius

Experiential learning is an effective medium that enhances and reinforces classroom learning. In addition, skills and competencies in the areas of communication, teamwork, analysis, work ethic, and problem solving are all learning outcomes that assist with finding the right career path for you.

Third and fourth year Arts and Science Students will be interested in our 3 credit course, UNIV 3006 Experiential Learning for Arts and Science Students. Within this course, academic assignments and at least 60 hours of placement in the community within a field that is related to your course of study is offered.

Experiential Learning Program for Arts and Science

The Experiential Learning for Arts & Science Program (ELAS) is an exclusive project between Student Development & Services, the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) and the Faculty of Arts & Science. This project focuses on providing students with hands-on learning experiences directly related to their academic interests.

Undergraduate Research Conference (2019)

Undergraduate Research Conference

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members.

You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

A student from any undergraduate discipline, who has worked on a scholarly project in which s/he has taken a leadership role in its development and execution, are eligible to participate in the conference. Proposals can be disciplinary specific or multi/interdisciplinary.

Nipissing Promise

Students enrolled in the Nipissing University Promise program will be invited to return to Nipissing, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits if six months after completing their four-year undergraduate degree program with a 70 percent average and all required elements of the program, they have not secured career-related employment.

For more information please visit The Nipissing Promise.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit www.nipissingu.ca/rsd

Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


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Associate Dean