Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, General Program

With the Bachelor of Arts, General Program, you get a broad education in Arts, with specialization in two subjects. You can finish the program with a concentration in Arts (English, fine arts, geography, history, psychology or sociology) or with a combination of business administration (including economics) and science, completing 15 upper-level credits in each of your two areas of concentration.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Use the credits you attain in this program toward meeting the admission requirements for a graduate program or increase your knowledge and employability.

 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 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, including 45 third- and fourth-year (upper-leve)l credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (24 credits)

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to General Education requirements

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical and business writing courses

6 credits in humanities, other than English

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

6 credits in social science

Lower-Level Requirements (0-18 credits)

Number of credits and specific course requirements vary, depending on the area of specialization

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

30 credits (15 credits in each area of concentration)

15 elective credits

Additional Requirements (33-51 credits)

Number of additional credits varies, depending on the area of specialization; can include lower- and upper-level credits, as follows:

  • 30 credits, including up to 15 upper-level credits, may be applied credit: fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses

Although OL offers many courses that fulfill the program requirements, you may need to complete courses at other post-secondary institutions to meet requirements for some concentrations and to be eligible for graduate programs in your subject of specialization.

Approval of education, business and administrative studies courses is on a case-by-case basis.

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. 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 us to speak with us about how to apply to the Bachelor of Arts, General Program.