Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University



The wide array of distance and online programs and initiatives makes Arts at Open Learning an exciting area to study.  OL offers many courses for arts degree program requirements. Develop essential workplace skills, like communication, critical analysis, problem solving, independent learning and collaboration.

When you are admitted to a program, you are assigned a Program Advisor, who will answer your questions and provide you with a program plan to guide you through your studies.


Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts College
Associate of Arts College
Minor in English, History, Psychology and Sociology College
Bachelor of Arts, General Program University
Bachelor of Arts, General Studies University
Bachelor of Arts, Criminology Major University
Bachelor of Arts, English Major University
Bachelor of Arts, History Major University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major University
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major University
Bachelor of Design University
Bachelor of Fine Art University
Bachelor of Music (Performance) University
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts University

General Studies Programs

Certificate in General Studies College
Diploma in General Studies College
Bachelor of General Studies University


Please fill in a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions if you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning.


Individual course descriptions are provided for all programs offered. Before registering, read through the information about distance education. It examines various topics that will help you start and continue successfully as a distance learner.

Refer to information about course delivery formats, which includes requirements for web-based courses.

English Proficiency Requirement

You must have a proficiency in English at a level suitable to the course or program of study for which you are applying. If you have English as a second or additional language, you may be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Refer to detailed information about the English proficiency requirement.

Admission Requirements

Most Arts programs have open admissions, but there are some exceptions. Please refer to the program requirements of the program you are interested in.

Residency Requirements

Academic residency requirements are the number of credits that you must complete at a post-secondary institution before you can graduate with a credential from that institution. These differ from place of residence requirements needed to qualify for financial assistance.

Residency requirements can be met by:

  1. Taking courses with TRU (either on campus or at a distance)
  2. Taking courses with TRU's consortium partners: UVic (the University of Victoria) and SFU (Simon Fraser University)
  3. Acquiring credit through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)

Financial Assistance

You can apply for financial assistance if you meet specific place of residence requirements, which differ from program residency requirements. See the Student Awards & Financial Support page for full information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

PLAR allows you to earn academic credits for knowledge, training and skills gained through work and life experience.

If you have applied for or been admitted to an OL Arts program, you may be eligible for credit based on an assessment of your prior learning. There is generally no limit on the amount of PLAR that can be credited to OL programs in which PLAR applies. However, note that PLAR credit awarded by OL toward a TRU credential may not be transferrable to other post-secondary institutions.

OL accepts PLAR credit from all BC post-secondary institutions that have formally adopted the recommended BC provincial standards.

PLAR Contacts

For more about PLAR and how to apply, refer to the PLAR Policy page.

Email PLAR Advising.

Call toll-free: 1-800-663-9711 (Kamloops and International) or call 250-852-7000.