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 the liberal arts. It can be taken as part of a degree program. The emphasis is on third- and fourth-year (upper-level) courses.

Enjoy an opportunity to study in three designated Arts and Science areas: humanities (including English), social sciences and science.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Use the credits you gain in this program toward your completion of a degree, increase your employability, or simply enjoy the experience of university.

 Program Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

Open admission

Please include the Program Admission Form with your application.

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 first- and second-year (lower-level) courses and the remaining 9 credits chosen from 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.

Before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for estimated costs.

 Contact Us

Please contact the Advanced Certificate in Liberal Arts program.