Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, General Studies

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts, General Studies program provides students with a broad education in arts. Students complete the program with 30 credits of upper-level study in courses within the arts. TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill the degree requirements. Students may be required to complete additional courses before being eligible for graduate programs.

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

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

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

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

Administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis; applied credit may not be used to meet arts requirements.

15 upper-level elective credits

Elective Requirements (51 credits)

These 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.

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.