Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, General Studies

Calendar Description

The Bachelor of Arts, General Studies program provides you with a broad education in arts. You complete this degree program with 30 credits of third- and fourth-year (upper-level) courses.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Dawn Palmer, who studied throughout her fight against breast cancer and her familial responsibilities, gained a Bachelor of Arts, General Studies which will help her work towards her goal of acceptance into a Masters in Human Resources program that will bolster her career as Director of Human Resource Consulting Services for BC's Provincial Health Services Authority.

 Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete an OL credential, please complete a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding program admission.

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 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this 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), excluding technical and business writing courses

6 credits in humanities, other than English

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

6 credits in social science

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

30 credits in humanities, sciences, social sciences or related interdisciplinary fields

15 upper-level elective credits

Elective Requirements (51 credits)

May be lower-level or upper-level credits


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. Applied credit may not be used to meet arts requirements.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find either that course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services or call us for more about this program or any other Open Learning program.