Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, History

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts, History Major program is designed for students wanting to specialize in one discipline (History). TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but students may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this degree program.

Students in this major complete one Directed Studies course (see below).

What Can You Do With This Credential?

The Bachelor of Arts, History Major that Cory Martinson received from Open Learning has helped him broaden his career options within the government and grow his career as a Privacy Commissioner for BC.

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

May be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the 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 mathematics (including statistics) and/or science
6 credits in social science
HIST 1121, Canadian History to 1867 (3) or equivalent
HIST 1221, Post-Confederation Canadian History (3) or equivalent
Lower-Level Requirements
6 credits of second-year history courses (may be HIST 2251, 1161)

A C average is required in lower-level history courses (including HIST 1121 and 1221)

Upper-Level Requirements
27 credits of upper-level history courses (may include HUMN 3011)
3 credits of Directed Studies (HIST 4991)

A minimum grade of C is required in each upper-level course, including Directed Studies, used to meet the 30 credits taken in the discipline of the major (history).

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts, History Major offered through TRU-OL are required to complete a Directed Studies course.

Elective Requirements
15 credits of upper-level elective courses
45 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

Directed Studies

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of the major selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty Member. It is open to students who have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements of the major and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in the subject of the major. As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, students are required to consult with their program advisor before registering.


30 credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied studies; 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.


Email Student Services for more information.