Bachelor of Arts, General Studies
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 while carrying out familial responsibilities, gained a Bachelor of Arts, General Studies degree. This will help her meet the admission requirements for a master's degree in human resources program and bolster her career as Director of Human Resource Consulting Services for BC's Provincial Health Services Authority.
"I have studied everywhere: in my car during soccer practices, at an ice rink waiting for my son's hockey game to start, on a bench prior to my daughter's field hockey game."
—Dawn Palmer, BA
Some program requirements may be met with credits earned through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).
A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)
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.
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 that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.
Please see Tuition and Fees for details.
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