Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

General Education Requirements for Arts and Science Degree Programs

Degree programs in arts; fine and performing arts (design, fine art, music); and science offered through TRU-OL require the completion of general education requirements. All degrees require 6 credits of university-level English. In addition, degrees require completion of requirements in the following discipline areas:

Discipline Areas
Humanities (other than English)
Mathematics and/or Science
Social Science
Interdisciplinary Fields

Courses in other discipline areas may not be used to meet specified general education requirements of arts and science degree programs.

Students should consult with their TRU-OL program advisor before registering in courses to meet general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

Courses in discipline areas listed below may meet general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.


  • Art History
  • Classical Languages and Literature
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Languages and Literature
  • Music History
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre Studies

Mathematics and/or Science

  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Ocean Science
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Physical Geography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Social Science

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Regional/Human/Cultural Geography
  • Sociology

Interdisciplinary Fields

  • Asian Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Indigenous (First Nations) Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Women’s Studies