Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts

The Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts program provides a foundation for lifelong learning in liberal arts. It can be taken as part of a degree program. Enjoy an opportuntiy to study in three designated Arts and Science areas: humanities (including English), social sciences and science. The emphasis in this program is on third- and fourth-year (upper-level) courses.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Use the credits you attain in this program toward completion of an OL degree program, increase your employability, or simply enjoy the experience of post-secondary education.

 Program Requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete this or another credential through OL, please fill in a Program Admission Form and send it to OL Admissions. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding program admission.

Residency Requirements

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

Certificate Requirements

30 credits total of third- and fourth-year (upper-level) courses, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

6 upper-level credits in humanities (including English)
6 upper-level credits in social science
3 upper-level credits in science
15 credits of liberal arts electives, of which 6 credits may be lower-level (first- and second-year courses)

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)

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 that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

 Tuition and Fees

Please see Tuition and Fees for estimated costs. Contact Student Services for specific program tuition and fees.


Call or email Student Services for more about this or any other OL program.