Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, General Program

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts, General program provides a broad education in arts, with specialization in two subjects. Students may complete the program with a concentration in arts (English, fine arts, geography, history, psychology or sociology) or in a combination of a business administration (including economics) and/or science.

Students are required to complete 15 upper-level credits in each of their two areas of concentration. TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill the degree requirements, although students may have to take courses at other institutions to meet the requirements of some concentrations. Students may be required to complete additional courses before being eligible for graduate programs in their subjects of specialization.

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 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature). Technical and business writing courses do not meet this requirement.

6 credits in humanities other than English

6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science

6 credits in social science

Lower-Level Requirements (0-18 credits)

The number of credits and specific course requirements vary, depending on the area of specialization.

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

15 credits in each of two areas of specialization for a total of 30 credits

15 upper-level elective credits

Additional Requirements (33-51 credits)

The number of additional credits varies, depending on the area of specialization.


30 credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied credit; fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses. Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

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.