Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts

Program Description

The Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts program provides a foundation for lifelong learning in liberal arts and can often be taken as part of a degree program. Study in three designated arts and science areas: humanities (including English), social sciences and science. Emphasis is on 3000-level and 4000-level curriculum.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must submit a Program Admission form to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding this.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Certificate Requirements

30 credits total of third-year and fourth-year courses (upper level), with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

6 upper-level credits in humanities (including English)
6 upper-level credits in social science
3 upper-level credits in science
15 credits of liberal arts electives (6 credits of which may be lower level; first- and/or second-year courses)

One course from the following:

BIOL 3431, Plants and People (3)
ENVS 3991, Environmental Studies: Sustainability (3)
GEOG 3991, Global Climate Change and Regional Impacts (3)
HIST 3991, Environmental History (3)
HUMN 3981, Issues in Latin American Studies (3)
HUMN 3991, Issues in Science and Society (3)
POLI 3991, Globalization and Its Discontents: The Politics of Economic Change (3)
PSYC 3991, Psychology of Human Resilience (3)
SOCI 3991, Sociology of Diversity: Issues for Canadians (3)
VISA 3991, Cultural Theory and Images (3)


Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.

Students require a Letter of Permission before registering in a course (not listed on the website) at any other post-secondary institution to complete the credential.


Email Student Services for more information.