Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major program is designed for you if you want to specialize in one discipline (Sociology).

Students must complete one Directed Studies course (see below).

 Program Requirements

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

OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but you may need to complete some program requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this program.

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning, please fill in a Program Admission form and send it to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions about program admission.

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree Requirements

120 credits, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses for this 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), excluding technical and business writing courses

6 credits in humanities, other than English

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

SOCI 1111, Introduction to Sociology I (3) or equivalent

SOCI 1211, Introduction to Sociology II (3) or equivalent

PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences (3) or STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3) or equivalent

Lower-Level Requirements

6 credits of lower-level sociology courses

3 credits of a second-year sociology course; may be SOCI 2501

Upper-Level Requirements

27 credits of upper-level sociology courses (may include POLI 3991, SOCI 3991, SOCI 4221, SOCI 4301, 4311; or CRIM, HIST courses with approval of the program area)

3 credits of Directed Studies (SOCI 4991)

Elective Requirements

15 credits of upper-level elective courses

42 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

 Directed Studies

A Directed Studies course consists of concentrated study of a topic you select in consultation with your Open Learning Faculty Member. Directed Studies is open to you if you have fulfilled the general education requirements and all the lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, so it is essential that you consult with your Program Advisor before registering.

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.

 Fees

Please see Tuition and Fees for details.

 Contact

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