Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Liberal Arts

Program Description

This post-baccalaureate program provides the opportunity to concentrate in one arts and science discipline or to select two or three discipline areas. Chosen disciplines could be the humanities, sciences, social sciences and related interdisciplinary fields. Students may focus on current discipline-specific topics, problems and/or controversies and engage in online seminar-based debate. A Directed Studies course (see below) that allows students to pursue a research project in a topic of special interest is included.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Completion of a recognized bachelor's degree in any field of study, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Certificate Requirements

15 credits total of third- and fourth-year courses (upper level), with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

Upper-Level Requirements (9 credits)

9 credits in upper-level humanities and/or social science and or/science, including one of the following:

BIOL 3431, Plants and People (3)
ENVS 3991, Environmental Studies: Sustainability (3)
GEOG 3991, Global Climate Change and Regional Impacts (3)
HIST 3991, Environmental History (3)
HUMN 3981, Issues in Latin American Studies (3)
HUMN 3991, Issues in Science and Society (3)
POLI 3991, Globalization and its Discontents: The Politics of Economic Change (3)
PSYC 3991, Psychology of Human Resilience (3)
SOCI 3991, Sociology of Diversity: Issues for Canadians (3)
VISA 3991, Cultural Theory and Images (3)

Elective Requirements (3 credits)

3 credits of upper-level liberal arts electives

Directed Studies (3 credits)

3 credits of Directed Studies

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty Member. For this program, select from 4991 courses.

As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, consult with a program advisor before registering.


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.


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